The young scientists tested four different liquids that all looked the same, for solubility, density, flammability, melting point, and aroma. They recorded their findings in a data table and used that information to decide which sample was isopropyl alcohol, vinegar, water, and hydrogen peroxide.
Students also learned about lab safety procedures, researching a topic, collecting data, examining results, and sharing conclusions – all key elements of the scientific process. The experiments also prompted Bowser to send an apologetic email to school staff.
“Just wanted to apologize for the awful smells coming from my room last week,” the email read. “Our scholars were testing properties of matter in an identifying liquids lab. If you smelled vinegar or burning paper, it was us.”
Bowser was also able to teach many students the correct way to work with fire in a controlled environment.
“Hands-on learning is the most necessary component for engaging students, deepening understanding and facilitating a life-long love of wonder.”
Great work promoting learning and safety, Mrs. Bowser!
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Knapp Charter Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Grand Rapids, Michigan, serving students in Young 5s through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes over 100 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit nhaschools.com.
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