Physical science

rice

sound: Prepare in advance a cutting board and half a cup of fresh beans. Say: let's listen to what sound the beans 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 beans will create. Take the cup with beans in your right hand and turn it over so that the beans 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 beans 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 rice grains are elastic. We will make an experiment. We will try to squeeze them and see if they deform. What do you think will happen to the rice grains? I think theyt will not squeeze at all. Now let's conduct an experiment. Take the grains and try to squeeze them in your right hand. Say: it is very hard to squeeze them. It is impossible, I am not strong enough! Place the rice grains in the baby's right hand and let the baby try to squeeze them. Help if needed. Say: can you see? We can't squeeze them. We can conclude that rice grains are 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 rice grains are not plastic, because they do not bend.

Let’s explore if therice kernels 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 rice kernels in your hand and pour water over them. Then squeeze them and say: can you see any water coming out of the rice? There is none. So the rice kernels 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 rice is ductile. 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 rice is very hard to stretch!It is so tiny and 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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