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The States of Matter: First Grade Science

skojecThis week in first grade science Mrs. Skojec introduced students to the three states of matter.  She began the lesson with a discussion of each of the states of matter and the characteristics of each.   Students then enjoyed naming examples of each of the different types of matter that they experience in their daily lives.  

Mrs. Skojec introduced students to a chemical reaction that demonstrated to them another form of matter being created.  By combining vinegar and baking soda in a bottle and sealing the bottle with a balloon, students were able to watch as the reaction caused the balloon to inflate.  The “ooohhhs” and “aaaahhhs” could be heard throughout the first floor of our building.  

skojec2Years from now, our students will learn that the chemical reaction they witnessed was: NaHCO3 + HC2H3O2 → NaC2H3O2 + H2O + CO2.  When they learn this, they will think back on their first chemistry lesson from Mrs. Skojec.

Good Shepherd School is completing its final decision on which new science curriculum will be the best fit for our students and meet our goals of expanding our STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program for all students.  We will soon be applying for two major grants that will be used along with funds raised from The Good Shepherd School Fund, our new annual fund, to purchase science curricular materials for our students.  We are excited about this upcoming curricular enhancement for our students.  

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