In Matters of the Heart students participated in an activity to help them understand how we sometimes overgeneralize about boys and girls. We learned the definition of "stereotype" and then students extended their discussion to create a list of stereotype statements. We will use these as we continue this lesson next time.
Our science lesson today focused first on safety. Students watched a video clip explaining rules to follow for safety in the lab, then zoomed in on the ones most important during our Mystery Powders study with a fill in the blank activity. Please ask your child to share these rules with you. Next we delved into Chemistry 101 and focused on the periodic table. Students learned a little about atoms, elements, protons, neutrons, and electrons as well as the families and periods that make up the table This is just exposure to help us understand the chemical basis of the powders we'll be studying. Students had many questions, so they may want to do some research at home! Next week will complete this lesson by making our own color coded periodic tables.
Dmitri Mendeleev was our Moment of Genius today. Ask your child about him!
Our day ended with the Marble Jar Celebration, part one. Students chose to have free time and to split it between this week and next week since some of our friends were absent. A good time was had by all. :)