This post is overdue, we have moved onto the next science unit. Nonetheless in the interests of full reporting, I shall post about our biology explorations. In a week or two I shall repost this to some random date in February.
Experiment 1: Classifying Objects
It was a simple, hands-on experiment that the children enjoyed it. They understood the concept taught. I liked that it didn’t require any unusual supplies that we had to track down before we could do the experiment!
Experiment 2: What Do You Need?
The children did not learn the concept being taught. The experiment was a discussion on how the complexity of a cell is like the complexity of a city. We followed the questions in the experiment manual, but they were too broad and we got lost.
Experiment 3: Who Needs Light?
I confess: we did not do this experiment. Even in the name of science I cannot purposely kill a plant.
Experiment 4: Thirsty Flowers
We did not do this one either! Eeks! It required that you buy some cut flowers. We did this experiment last year, so we didn't repeat it.
Experiment 5: Growing Seeds
We did this one. The kids enjoyed looking at all the beans and peas. They stuck them in jars. They checked to see how they sprouted. We kept them for a week. We then opened up one of the jars---BIG MISTAKE. The stench was incredible. The experiment manual should have warned us. A nasty, nasty, nasty smell invaded our home. I will remember this experiment forever. (Just like I remember in junior high when the biology class visited Homer and brought back marine samples. Then next day the entire school smelled horrible.)