Monday, October 4, 2010

MFW 1st Grade- Week #6


DSC05971It is hard to believe we have been schooling for 6 weeks!  We are enjoying ourselves very much!  (As you can see, sometimes, some of us more than others :)


Bible:  This weeks memory verse:

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. ~Proverbs 29:11

Big Ladybug has been memorizing the order of the books in the Old Testament.  She already has the first 20 down!  She has really impressed me with her ability to memorize so quickly.

Science:  This week we looked at ‘thunder and lightening’.  We read books about how thunder and lightening are produced and what to do to stay safe in a storm.  To sum it all up in one sentence, it all has to do with static electricity in the atmosphere.  So to explore static electricity we did some experiments at home.

To test for static electricity we stuck a paper clip in the middle of a play dough ball.   We gathered plastic, foil, paper, and a balloon; and rubbed them with wool, a wool hat to be exact. We then put them close to the paper clip (without touching) to see if they would produce static discharge.  

The results….it was positive with the balloon and plastic, but not so much with the foil and paper.

We also wanted to make some thunder, so we blew up some balloons different sizes and sent Big Ladybug after them with a straight pin.  She was outside because we had 2 sleeping babies…..can you blame me?  It was a little wet and chilly, but she survived.  She really enjoyed herself and would have popped the whole bag if we let her! 

The results….the larger balloons were louder than the smaller ones, but they all were fun to pop!



Did you know???   Wow… lightening is so interesting that I really had a hard time narrowing down to just 1 great fact, so you get a few this week!

  1. The average length of a single lightening bolt is 2-3 miles and travels up to 60,000 miles per second!
  2. A single lightening bolt travels through twisted paths in the air that can be as wide as one of your fingers or between 6-10 miles!
  3. The temperature of a typical lightening bolt can reach 50,000 F degrees- that is 5 times greater that the temperature of the surface of the Sun!

Also,did you know???  You can hear thunder from about 12 miles from the starting point.

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