We made crystals in class yesterday. To do this experiment you need a jar, a jug, a pencil, boiling water, some thread, a paper clip and salt. First we put some boiling water into a jug. We then poured salt into the jug and stirred it to dissolve the salt. You keep putting in salt until it stops dissolving. Then you leave the water to cool. When it is cool, pour the water and salt mixture into a jar. Next, tie a paper clip to a piece of thread. Tie the other end to a pencil and drop it into the jar. It shouldn’t touch the bottom or the side of the jar. Leave it somewhere to cool fully overnight. Crystals will appear on the thread. It was good fun doing this experiment.

By Marc and Anna Cl

We are doing a food science experiment. We want to see which type of food gets bad first. We got plates and put food on them. These are the foods we put on the plates: a half eaten apple, a piece of cooked ham. some cheese, some bread, a cut grape, a melon skin and a piece of banana. We are going to observe the food to see what happens. We are trying to predict what will happen and what will go bad first. We think that the banana or the apple will go bad first. We think the bread will go mouldy. We think the banana will go black. We think that the grape will dry up and shrivel. We will watch the food over the next week to see what will happen.

By Rang I

After one week the cheese has gone really hard. The banana has gone really black and has stuck to the plate. The ham has gone hard. The melon skin has really shrunk and curled. The apple has gone brown but we thought it would have gone more brown. None of the things grew blue mould. The grape has shrunk. The bread has gone very hard, but we thought it would have gone blue mould.

We did an experiment in class about the Water Cycle. You need a large bowl, a small sugar bowl, cling film and a sliotar. We put the sugar bowl into the large bowl and put hot water into the large bowl. Then we put the cling film on top of the large bowl. Then we put the sliotar on top of the cling film in the middle. We waited for a while. Steam began to rise. When it hit the cling film it made tiny drops and the drops then roll down the cling film and into the sugar bowl. This showed us how the water from the sea evaporates into the clouds and makes rain.

By Rang I

 

Pink Bottle 01

Today we did an experiment for Science Week. For this experiment you need vinegar, washing up liquid, food colouring, bread soda and an empty bottle. Pour vinegar into the bottle until 3/4 full. Put a large squirt of washing up liquid into the bottle. Then we put food colouring into the bottle. Mix the ingredients together by twirling the bottle. Make a funnel with paper and pour a heaped teaspoon of bread soda into the bottle. An explosion happens! The vinegar is an acid, the bread soda is a base. When they mix they create carbon dioxide which causes a fizz or bubbles. It was great fun to watch and it was our last experiment for Science Week.

By Rang I

Pink Bottle 02

Pink Bottle 03

Science Experiment

Today we did a science experiment for Science Week. For the experiment you need a paper plate, a glass and some water. We filled the glass with water to the top. Then we put the paper plate on top of the glass and turned it upside down. The water didn’t fall out of the plastic cup. This was because gravity was pushing the water down but the atmospheric pressure was pushing the plate up to the plastic cup preventing water from falling out. Then we tried the experiment with the glass half full of water. This time the paper plate fell off and the water fell out of the glass.

By Jaime and Anna Ca (Rang I)

Balloon Trick

Today we did a science experiment for Science Week. We got balloons and a knitting needle for the experiment. We blew up the balloon until there was some dark balloon left at the bottom and at the top. Then we pushed the knitting needle through the bottom of the balloon first and then it came out through the top. The balloon did not burst because the bottom of the balloon was not stretched. We also blew up another balloon and pushed the knitting needle through the side. This time the balloon burst because the rubber on the side of the balloon was stretched.

By Ben and Anna (Rang I)

Rainbow Milk 01

This morning we did a science experiment for Science Week. For this experiment we needed food colouring, cotton wool, full fat milk, washing up liquid and some shallow plates. We had to pour the milk into the plates and let it settle. Then we poured the food colouring into the milk. We had yellow and red food colouring. The food colouring settled on top of the milk. Then we got the cotton wool and dipped it into the washing up liquid. We then held the cotton wool steady in the milk and it broke the chemical bond holding the fat in the milk together. Then the food colouring spread out into the milk and made lovely pictures and patterns. It was great fun.

By Rang I

Rainbow Milk 02

Rainbow Milk 03

There we were doing  our Mental Maths on Tuesday morning when there was a knock on the door. A Postman was outside the door holding a large blue decorated box. The Postman came into the classroom and said, “Special Delivery!”. The whole class started screaming at the Postman because we knew he had our Trans-Atlantic Treat Box from @superkiddos, our American friends on Twitter. They live in Indiana, USA. They are in 2nd Grade.

We went on Twitter straight away to tell @superkiddos that we got their package. We went to the top of the classroom and huddled together with the box in front and Mr. Quinn took a photograph of us with the box. After Circle time in the hall we decided to open the box. The box was so heavy that some people couldn’t lift it. We were hopping on our seats with excitement. The atmosphere in the room was crazy. We saw so many nice things that we nearly fainted.

We tasted the Animal Crackers first and then we had the Cheez-Its. Animal Crackers were like ginger biscuits and Cheez-Its were like cheesy crackers. We then tried Twizzlers which are liquorice in strawberry, blue raspberry, lemonade, orange, grape and watermelon flavours.  They were chewy, soft and good as straws. We then tasted Chocolate Turtles. They were crunchy in the middle with chocolate on the outside. We then tried Flipz which are milk chocolate covered pretzels. They were delicious. Later Mr. Quinn gave us lots of things to bring home to taste like Atomic Fireballs, Almond Joys, Blow Pops, Peeps, Dum Dum Suckers, Sour Patch Kids, Jolly Ranchers, Strawberry Twizzlers, Nutter Butters, Kisses and Hersheys chocolate. Hershey’s chocolate is different to our Cadbury’s chocolate because they use more cocoa in their chocolate. But it was like chocolate heaven!

Some people tried Atomic Fireballs before they went home. They were really hot and spicy. There were screams and people were running to the sink looking for water. “My tongue is on fire” could be heard around the room. Everyone had red tongues and it looked like they were bleeding.

We would like to say a big thank you to @superkiddos and their teacher Mrs. Overman for sending us all the lovely treats, thoughtful letters and beautiful pictures.  We really enjoyed doing this project.

       

 

      

 

      

 

      

Our class and a class in Indiana USA that we met on Twitter are using “Snail mail” to send treats to each other. There are different kinds of treats in the box that they are sending us and they have given us a sneak peek of what they are sending us. Click HERE to read what some of them are on their blog. Click HERE to see what we have sent them.

Trans-Atlantic Sweet Postage

We are sending a box of sweets over to Indiana USA. We are sending them to @superkiddos who are a school we know on Twitter. We decided to swap sweets with them. We are sending them some of the sweets that they don’t have and we do have. They are sending us sweets that we can’t get in Ireland. Before we sent the sweets over, we discussed with Ms. Rolf what to send over and what not to send over. We asked Ms. Rolf for help because she was born in Texas USA. We used Twitter to ask @superkiddos to ask them what we have and what they don’t.

In the box that we are sending we put in some Cadbury sweets because they don’t have them, Taytos, Chickatees, Chipsticks, Hoola Hoops, Onion Rings, Snakes and Shamrocks, Emerald sweets and lots of others. We are looking forward to seeing what sweets they send us over and we are looking forward to tasting them.

By Aidan and Eimear (Rang II)

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