Physical science

an ear of corn, and corn kernels

sound: Prepare in advance a cutting board and half a cup of corn. Say: let's listen to what sound the corn will make. Remember that soundwaves are created when some energy is applied to the object. Then molecules of the medium start moving pushing other molecules, making them vibrate. That’s how the sound is created. Let's listen to the sound that the corn will create. Take the cup with corn in your right hand and turn it over so that corn will drop on the cutting board. Say: tap-tap-tap! can you hear the sound? It is loud! Let's do it again! Put the cup with corn in the baby's right hand and help the baby overturn it. Say: tap-tap-tap!

elastisity and plasticity: we know that elasticity is ability of the object to retain its size and shape after removing the force that is applied. If the object does not deform, it is considered very elastic. Let us see if the ear of corn is elastic. We will make an experiment. We will try to squeeze it and see if it will deform. What do you think will happen to the corn? I think it will not squeeze at all. Now let's conduct an experiment. Take the ear of a corn and try to squeeze it in your right hand. Say: it is very hard to squeeze it. It is impossible, I am not strong enough! Place the corn in the baby's right hand and let the baby try to squeeze it. Help if needed. Say: can you see? We can't squeeze it. We can conclude that ear of a corn is not elastic at all. Remember, that plasticity can be tested in the same way. If after squeezing the object retains the new form without rupturing or breaking, it means it is very plastic. Our corn is not plastic, because it do not bend.

Hardness. Say: I wonder if corn is hard. When we say the object is hard, we mean that when I scratch it with another sharp object there is no sign left on it. It is very difficult to leave traces on it. If the object is hard it means it is resistant to permanent shape changes. Do you think the corn seed is hard? Let's make a hypothesis. I think it is hard. Let us conduct an experiment in order to prove or disprove out hypothesis. We will need a coin for that. Take the corn in the left hand and the coin in the right. Make sure your hands are in front of the baby's face so he can see well what is happening. Say: let's scratch the corn with the coin. Do that. Say: let's observe now. What do you see? Do you see any lines left on the surface of the corn? I dont see any scratches. It means the corn has a hard surface.

Let’s explore if the corn seeds are absorbant. What is absorbancy? It is ability of any material to soak up the water. Let us make an experiment. Get a large bowl and a jar with water. Place several corn seeds in your hand and pour water over them. Then squeeze them and say: can you see any water coming out of the seeds? There is none. So the seeds are not water absorbent. They are waterproof.

Glossy/mat: Say: The (object) is shiny/glossy/mat. (glossy - reflects the light, mat - absorbs the light)

Brittleness: DO you think the (object) is fragile? Make an assumption. The characteristic for fragility is brittleness. We will drop the(object) from up to the ground and observe if it breaks. Let’s do an experiment. (Take an (object) and drop it from stretched high hand). Say: look at the (object), it did not break at all! It is not brittle. Or it broke and it is brittle.

Magnetic: Let’s see if it is magnetic. We will get a magnet and put it close to the (object). See: the (object) is on the same place. It does not move so it is not magnetic.

Transparent, translucent, opaque: Hold the (object) in your left hand in front of the baby and say: (baby's name),do you think (object) is see-through? Le's make a hypothesis. I thinks it is. Now we have to make an experiment to prove or disprove it. We will need a dark room and a flashlight. Make the room darker or go to the dark room. Place the object in the left hand and the flashlight in the right hand. Switch the flashlight on and say: let's observe if the light goes through the (object). Say: I can see some light passing through the leaf. It is translucent. (If your leaf is thick – you cant and then the leaf is opaque).

Fluid.Now we will see if the (object) is fluid. My hypothesis is that it is not. We will conduct an experiment in order to check it out. Hold the (object) in your right hand with two fingers if possible. Say: Look! I am holding it and it does not change its shape and does not move at all. It does not flow.

Soluble: Let’s see if it is soluble. What do you think, is it soluble? I guess it is not. Let's again make an experiment and check it out. We will need some water. Take an empty bowl, pour some water into it. Put the leaf into water again. Say: look the leaf does not dissolve in the water. It remains as it is. It means it is not soluble.

Insulator: If we put a lot of leaves together in a pile, they will be a good insulator. They will keep warmth inside.

Burn: (object) contains oxygen molecules and can burn with high temperatures. (explain about your object)

Let’s check if the ear of corn is made of a ductile material. Let us try to stretch it and observe if it becomes a wire.If it does, then it is ductile. Start stretching. Say: see, the ear of corn is very hard to stretch! It is not stretchable at all. Hence It is not ductile.

Our (object) smells so fresh and nice! Or describe how it smells

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