In room 5, we had a science lesson for the year 5 & 6s while the year 7 & 8s were at technology. The current focus is water, so why not do a water based science experiment and learn how to write up the process. Together we wrote up the experiment below, to help model for students.
I asked the students if a paper towel would stay dry in water? No it won’t, it will get wet was the overwhelming response, not one yes! Well, Mr Madge weaved his magic, and would you believe it, (Alex couldn’t) I put a paper towel in a bowl of water pulled it out and it was dry. They were a few amazed faces. How did I do it?
I think the paper towel will get wet in water because that’s what they are designed to soack up water.
A glass cup
Fill the bowl with water.
Put the paper towels inside the glass cup.
Put the glass cup into the water.
Took the glass cup out of the water.
I took the paper towels out to see if they were wet or dry.
When Mr Madge took out the paper towels from the cup they were all DRY.
My prediction was wrong because paper towels were dry when Mr Madge pulled them out of the cup. I think they stayed dry because…
We could use different materials, different cups, warm water.