While the weather has been keeping us indoors, we have been doing lots of pumpkin related activities! I introduced the pan balance to the class today and we all had fun comparing weights of pumpkins and gourds. We made predictions about which would be heavier and talked about how one side of the pan balance will drop if the object is heavy. When we compared the veggies, a lot of students said the bigger one would be heavier. We also compared two similar-looking gourds and many of us predicted that it would be the same weight-one gourd was actually heavier!
Special thanks to X.I's mom for donating more gourds to our collection!
|The pumpkins, gourds and pan balance|
|O.B places the pumpkin on the pan balance|
|A.R places the pie pumpkin on the other side of the balance|
|G.S places a gourd on the pan balance|
|D.K and J.C talk about their noticings|
|G.P places the gourd on the pan balance|
|To everyone's surprise, these gourds did not weigh the same.|
Tomorrow, parents will be coming in to be working with the class in small groups on creating a jack-o-lantern! Thank you to A.K and D.K's parents for donating large pumpkins! It's also picture day!