Thursday, May 31, 2012

School Year Finale - Wacky Science Day!

Our school year has come to an end and I am so sad to see my little ones go.  I hope to see their smiling faces next year as second graders!  I am not sad to have a few months to relax though!  It's been a busy year! 
I know I am not the only one who faces a struggle with end of the year activities.  It is hard to find fun stuff for the students that are still educational and keep them in the "school zone" mindset.  Let's face it, they know the summer is almost upon them and they just want to play!
Since we have had so much fun with science these last 6 weeks of school, we decided to bring it to our students one last time and keep our last week just as educational as the first..  So, all of us First Grade Teachers presented Wacky Science Day!
 This soda experiment came from Deanna Jump's Science Unit.   Just add Mentos to a 2 liter bottle of soda and watch the magic!

This experiment was adding baking soda to a bottle of vinegar.  The Carbon Dioxide it creates makes the balloon blow up.  Check out the videos below.

Here is the video I showed the students after they made their prediction on what they thought would happen to their balloon.  Click the picture link to watch.
Here is a Freebie to go with the balloon experiment and more about this super fun unit.  Visit Jamie (the creative mind behind this Science Unit) at Oh First Friends by clicking the link below!
After all the fun experimenting, the Fire Department hosed the kids off!  What a great ending to our last day!  Our summer break has officially begun!!


  1. What a fantastic idea to end the year with a bang! I just might borrow!
    Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business

  2. What a great idea! I love that the fire department came and sprayed the kids!
    3 Teacher Chicks

  3. I absolutely love the idea of a Wacky Science Day!! Looks like the kids had a blast. Thanks for sharing!! :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  4. I love teaching science in my classroom and love these ideas. I had never thought of doing a Wacky Science Day to end the year but now I have a great new idea! Thank you!

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    Smedley's Smorgasboard of Kindergarten

  5. I do the same vinegar and baking soda experiment in my classroom every year! The kids LOVE it!! I love seeing them explain "magic." Thanks for the link to the freebie! After seeing your photos, maybe I'll finally get the courage to actually try adding mentos to soda next year!!


  6. Love this!

  7. So cute, thanks for the idea! May have to try with my fourth graders!