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Burton Elementary First Graders Explore States of Matter

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These Berkshire first graders, under the tutelage of Mrs. Bittinger, Mrs. Mann and Mrs. Chase, explored water and ice and other forms of solids, liquids and gases. (MP Photos/BSD)

First graders at Burton Elementary started their project with the exploration of water and ice; how it is formed and the changes that occur with different temperatures. Then they experimented with different solids, liquids and gases. The children were able to see first hand how a solid candle changed into a liquid with heat. They were able to touch the melted wax that cooled into a solid. They also spent one morning rotating to each first-grade classroom to experiment with different solids, liquids, and gases. Mrs. Bittinger’s room experimented with steam by measuring and mixing liquids, boiling water and then making Jell-o Jigglers. Once the Jell-o was cooled, they were able to enjoy a sweet treat! They recorded their findings on a data collection sheet. Mrs. Mann’s class made Oobleck, and started with dry and wet ingredients, measured and mixed, then made a liquid that with applied force would change into a solid. It was so neat to see the solid change right before your eyes!  The children worked with Mrs. Chase to discuss and record their predictions and data. What a great day! We came together as a first grade to learn and experiment what we were reading, researching, and writing about!

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