The final class activity for the Fizz Boom Read Summer Reading Program brought four fifth graders to Dr. Einstein’s Laboratory and Cosmic Café.
Don’t let anyone tell you that 5th graders are to old to read to – they are not! Dr. Einstein (Jean) read the book, “It’s a tornado” and we had some good discussion about tornados. We finally rounded up just enough bottles so that they could create ‘tornados’ in a bottle. This time we didn’t have the food coloring, but decide that we could see the rotation of the debris better with just the clear water. The kid enjoyed decorating their treasure boxes, and creating unique sand art in small light bulb shaped bottles.
Dr. Steinein (Laurie) preformed an experiment with a plastic bottle that she had drilled a hole in, filled it with water and put on the cap. When she uncovered the hole the water did not come out through the hole. The pressure in the bottle held it in. Squeezing the bottle or releasing the cap allowed the water to escape. The kids also had fun sorting the pepper flakes from the salt crystals by using static electricity. The library has a great selection of scientific experiment books. Many of them use things you can find around the house.
The special four-course meal was served to the participants. Some of the favorites were Quark Soup, Petrie Dish, Proton Pie and Titanium Electrons – pudding, pizza, Oreo cookies, and M $ Ms respectively.
While they ate their four-course meal, Jean asked each child to give her an example of a noun, verb, adjective, etc. which ended up composing a very funny story entitled “Fizz, Boom, Eat!”