Sunday, July 15, 2012

Is It A Living Thing?

This week Miss M was very excited to start our science for this year.  She will be studying plants, animals and the human body using R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Life.  I was attracted to this program in part due to the large number of experiments in the program, and we started right off the first week with a lab assignment.  We learned that all living things are made up of cells, but that since cells are too small to  see, we use eight characteristics to determine if something is living. 

For our lab we studied a rock, a bike, a plant and The Bug to determine if each was a living thing or not.  (Who doesn't love a lab that involves your baby brother as a specimen?)  Miss M knew before we began which things were living or not, but this was a great introduction to a lab process.  She had to make her hypothesis ahead of time, observe each item according to the eight characteristics, record her data on her lab sheet, and check the results against her initial hypothesis.

Good news for everyone, The Bug is a living thing!

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