For the past two weeks Junior Infants have started to write the letters of the alphabet. This week the boys were working on forming the letter a. They worked on this in stations.
At the first station, they were tasked with forming the letter a using playdough.
At the writing table the boys wrote the letter a on whiteboards using markers.
At the third station the boys worked as detectives to find all the letter a's on the sheet and highlight them.
At the final table the boys had great fun painting the letter a.
On Friday Junior Infants carried out an experiment with gummy bears, tap water, salt water & vinegar. They predicted what would happen; dissolve, melt, grow, change colour, break. Today we found out the results. All of the gummy bears got bigger but the one in vinegar was the biggest. They all changed colour slightly. Some dissolved a little.
We had great fun working as scientists in Ms Madden's class as part of Science Week.
The First Experiment we tried out was making a Skittles Rainbow
For this we needed a plate, skittles and some hot water.
We placed the skittles in a circle on a plate and Ms Madden added some hot water, we couldnt believe it when the colours came out of the skittles to make a rainbow.
After putting some raisins into some water we noticed that they sank straight to the bottom. We wondered what would happen if some raisins were put into fizzy water instead....when we put them in they started to dance. The boys put on their scientist hats to figure out what made them do this and they reasoned it was the gas in the water that caused the raisins to move.
The Magic Glove
We put some bread soda into a glove and Ms Madden passed around some liquid to see if we could guess what it was....we guessed right, it was vinegar. Using our thinking skills we were asked to guess what could happen to the glove if we put it over the glass and the bread soda fell into the glass. One boy guessed correctly and said that the glove would fill up like a balloon.
Firstly, we put water into a bowl and Ms Madden used shaving foam to create the clouds. We wondered what would happen if the clouds became too full that they could not hold any more water Using blue food colouring we found out. When the clouds became too full the extra water fell from the cloud like rain.
Putting an egg into vinegar
For this experiment we needed two things an egg and vinegar. We tried to figure out what would 'happen to the hard,cold egg if it was left in vinegar over the weekend. On Monday we couldn't believe it when we discovered that the shell had turned squishy and when Ms Madden put the egg up to the window we could see right through it.SCIENCE IS AMAZING!!!
For the month of October the boys on Ms Madden’s class had great fun working on the theme of the Doctor's Surgery in Aistear. In the construction area they made a surgery for the doctor using the larger blocks and beds for the patients using the smaller ones. Lots of stethoscopes were made at the junk art table. Roll and colour proved to be a fun way to learn all about the doctor's instruments.Making Medicine was the name of the game at the water table and of course the Doctor's Surgery itself proved to be a big hit in the role play area.
This week we made the different types of house built by the Three Little Pigs. We made one house from straw, another house from sticks & the final house from bricks.
Check out our “Junior Infants Window Gallery” on Ms Moloney’s classroom windows when you collect your son from school to see our completed houses.