Lincoln Montessori First and Second Graders Learn About Matter and Colors
Miss Karla, a teacher at Horizon Charter Schools’ Lincoln Montessori Community Co-op, started the new school year by teaching her first and second grade students about the three stages of matter and primary and secondary colors through observation and fun science experiments.
First the class talked about the three states of matter:
They used water to show the states. Water is a liquid. When cold is added the water becomes a solid in the form of ice. When heat is added the water turns to steam which is a gas.
To demonstrate, the class started with water in its liquid state. Then they added food coloring to the water using the primary colors yellow, blue and red. They placed the colored water in separate ice trays and put them in a freezer so they could see how the liquid became solid when frozen.
Miss Karla also heated water and captured some of the steam in a clear container with a lid so the students could easily see the gaseous state.
The next day, the class reviewed the 3 states of matter. Then they put a yellow ice cube in a clear glass with hot water and stirred it up. As the ice cube melted, all the water in the glass turned yellow. They repeated the experiment in another glass using a red ice cube and a different glass received a blue ice cube.
Then Miss Karla asked, “What happens if we add one yellow and one blue ice cube?”
To find out, they added both a yellow and blue ice cube to a glass of hot water. The result: Green water! They repeated the experiment using a yellow and a red ice cube to create orange water, and in a different glass they combined a blue and a red ice cube to get purple water.
Miss Karla explained to the class how secondary colors are created by mixing primary colors. The students used the results of their experiments to fill out primary and secondary color charts.
These are just some of the fun ways the students at Horizon Charter Schools’ Lincoln Montessori Community Co-op learn. Lincoln Montessori is Horizon’s site-based learning option where students attend Monday – Friday. To find out more, visit our Montessori page or give the Montessori a call at 916-408-5225. You can even schedule a free tour to see the kids and teachers in action.