Sunday, April 24, 2011

Science Sunday: Water currents

Science Sunday

We’ve started our next science book, Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day.  Or as my kid call it “The Ocean science book.”

 

The first chapter is basically setting up what the ocean is like.  So, we first read about plankton, and many other things, and then we got to currents, and I remembered All Things Beautiful having a wonderful experiment about currents and all sorts of things (she has older kids, so went into a lot more detail).

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So, we happily set up our potential currents and our oh so official land masses.

 

For full explanation of set up and science head over to All Things Beautiful, but here’s my kid’s observations:

 

what happens when an ice cube is added

And after talking about that for a little while we did the next step.

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Blowing on it, to simulate wind and other surface events that affect the oceans.  It was hilarious seeing them blow it all over and their amazement at the colors mixing.  Then we talked about how someone in the United States could drop trash in the ocean and how that could affect someone in Africa.

 

In our science book there was a hilarious example about a boat carrying Nike shoes that sunk in Atlantic Ocean Gyre.  Scientists were rubbing their hands in glee as they theorized what would happen to the shoes, and they got to watch as the shoes moved exactly where they predicted.

Of course they didn’t really say how it got cleaned up, but it was a great example of how something that is dropped in one place can

 

Quick reminder to those of you linking up:

 

1.  Don’t forget to link to your exact post (I read most of the posts on the Friday after so I can catch all the posts added in for the week).  Also, I go back from time to time as I remember someone did ________________ that was super cool.  It’s much easier to do if you’ve linked to your exact post.

 

2.  Please remember to put a link back to Science Sunday.  Either put in the button, or just make a word hyper link.

 

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

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