Sensational Spine-tingling Science

"Wow that's a whole lot of bones!" Exclaimed Carys as she examined the half sized skeleton standing upright on the Science and Nature table for the first time. This was one the many exciting science resources that Room 10 had the chance to experiment with from the House of Science.

The first science kit we had the chance to experiment with was the Dem Bones Skeleton Kit.

We examined and discussed the skeleton and came up with a range of marvellous wonder questions.

Pania wondered "what is the smallest bone?" and Carys wondered "what are bones made of?”.  

As a class we researched these questions and discovered that the smallest bone is located in the ear and that our bones are mainly made out of a protein called Collagen. Each week we build on our vocabulary knowledge by having a science word of the week. Our science word of the week was 'examine'. During 'can do' time we had the chance in groups to construct our own x-ray skeleton by examining where each bone belonged in the human body.

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Examining skeleton

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Juno Carys Isobel Indie J Constructing Skeleton

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Juno Carys Isobel Indie J Completed X ray Skeleton

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Carys Isobel Examining Bones

We then had the 'What the Buzz?'

This kit included real life models of queen, male and worker bumblebees.

Firstly we watched a video which gave us some interesting facts about both bumblebees and honeybees, such as that bumblebees only create a small amount of honey while honeybees create a lot. Our science word of the week was 'compare'.

We compared the queen, male and worker bumblebees using magnifying glasses and tweezers to examine their bodies. Te Pou observed that "the queen bee is bigger than the male and worker bees", Charlie could see “they all have the same pattern” on their bodies, while Amber concluded that “the queen bee is big, male bee is medium size, and the worker bee is small”.

We not only compared the bee’s physical attributes but also where different kinds of bees live and store pollen. We were interested to discover that bumblebees are different to honey bees as they build their nests either underground or on top of the ground depending on the season, while honey bees build their nests up in trees. We found some similarities between bumble bees and honey bees such as they both store the pollen they collect on their back legs.

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Comparing Bumblebees and Honey Bees

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Te Pou Examining Queen Bumblebee and comparing

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Charlie Amber Examining Male Bumblebee

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Charlie Amber Indie J Examining and Discussing Male Bumblebee

The third science kit we had was the 'Rock My World' kit which included materials that helped us learn about the natural features of the earth.

We learnt about the different layers of the earth and that the crust is broken into jigsaw pieces called tectonic plates. During 'can do' time we constructed the tectonic plate puzzle by studying the complete world map and examining the shape of each tectonic plate. We then watched a video that explained how when tectonic plates move and rub together they cause an earthquake.

The kit also had a variety of different rocks including amethyst and quartz, as well as fossils. Students used the magnifying glasses to look at the physical features of these rocks and compare them. We discussed what made the rocks different and the same. Our science word of the week was 'classify'.

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Juno Pania Tectonic Plate Puzzle

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Indie K Charlie Tectonic Plate Puzzle

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Fletcher Indie K Lily Juno Tectonic Plate Puzzle Completed

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Carys Using Magnifying Glass to Examine Blue Crystal

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Izak Examining Clear Crystal using Magnifying Glass

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Lily Finlay Examining Crystals using Magnifying Glass

In groups, we classified the rocks into different groups based on their physical appearance. Each group explained in their own words to the class how they classified the rocks. Brooke’s group classified the rocks into two groups, she explained: “we put the rocks into smooth or rough”. Indie Kshatri explained further that they classified them by “looking and touching the rocks” to determine if they were smooth or rough.

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Carys Finlay Te Pou Classifying Crystals by Colour

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Brooke Joseph Pania Lily Izak Classifying Crystals by Smooth and Rough

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Charlie. Alex Indie J Amber Classifying Crystals by Shiny and Sparkly

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Looking at Hunter s Crystal Collection

Then Hunter our crystal expert from Room 2 visited and showed us his very own collection of beautiful crystals.

He explained to us that crystals such as obsidian are formed when “lava from volcanos cools down and hardens” over a long time. All of us in Room 10 found this very fascinating and had an exciting time observing and having turns holding the different crystals.

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Lily

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Indie K

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Amber

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Joseph

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Key Words: Human Body, Bees, Geology, Science.

Curriculum Link:

Science (Level 1 – exploration, play, asking questions, discussing simple models, build language, explore and act on questions)

English (Level 1 – writing, oral language)

Maths (Level 1 - measurement – compare objects by mass)

Key Competencies: Thinking, Language, symbols, and text, and participating and contributing.

Attributed: House of Science

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