Science is fun and balloons are fun! 3rd grade spent Thursday afternoon combining them both as they continue to learn more about THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD. The scientific method provides the essential process of scientific discovery for any grade level. It’s an indispensable tool for building science skills and reaching sound scientific conclusions.
It begins with a question… “I wonder…?” and can end with amazement and awe!
Their experiment used water bottles, sugar, balloons, and yeast. First, they filled two bottles with warm water and sugar. Next they added a yeast packet to only one bottle, as the other bottle would be their “control” bottle. They stabilized the bottles while Miss Keizer put balloons over the tops. Then, they began with a question: I wonder what is going to happen!? Many had a chance to discuss their thoughts and predictions with the class and form their hypothesis. They made observations, and tracked their results before making their conclusions. Next, students created detailed diagrams of the experiment that they later had a chance to enhance with watercolors. Last, they recorded written results beneath their diagrams as a way to publish their findings so they could share the fun and the learning with other scientists!
Check out some of their photos below and follow the youtube video link at the bottom to get up close and personal with this process, as Miss Keizer discusses the details. Great job 3rd Grade!!