And yes, I said "Leaves". We are learning about how and why leaves change color. Here is the Color Coding:
Green is from the chlorophyll in a leaf.
The Red color is always in the leaf, but it becomes more obvious when the green stops being produced. for this reason, the leaves look red. The red might also help the leaf stay on the tree longer.
Lastly, Brown. Brown is just the humdrum color of all the tree's waste, not too overly exciting.
Today at science class, we did an expirement about insulators. All of us were given partners and we were told to use any materials we could bring in to keep a bottle full of hot water hot in an ice bath. The layers we put on our bottle had to fit inside a gallon sized plastic bag. I thought it was an almost impossible task! My partner brought some materials from home and we used some of the stuff Mr. Solarz had kindly set out for our use. Of course, he bought everything from garage sales. Anyway, our insulators did a fair job. The top temp on the above graph did not change much, indicating that we had kept the bottle warm. We could have stuffed the bag full of materials like scraps of paper and felt like some groups did. Although we didn't do that, we did the steps right. This was a first for me. I normally found that very hard.
Today in science, we did an expiriment where we tried to insulate a bottle of hot water. My partner and I worked with tinfoil. We wrapped tin foil around our hot water bottle and put it in an ice bath, where we measured how well it kept the hot water hot. The above is our results.
Corinne--writer, reader, musician, skater, horseback rider, 10 years old, big sister, dog lover, member of Mr. Solarz' awesome 5th grade class.