This morning we’re taking a 1st grade class to the newest Michigan content provider, Ann Arbor Hands On Museum. We’re doing a program called Halloween Slime Time, and the students are talking to Witch Patricia. Today they’ll be making slime in a study on the states of matter.
The museum has some great visuals to explain the states of matter within the context of Halloween, such as gas coming from the cauldron.
Now the students are using pipettes to follow a simple recipe to make two kinds of slime (a polymer). The kids are really enjoying playing with the slime. They say it smells like glue. Witch Patricia encourages the students to investigate the slime and see what it can do. I hear the joy of learning coming from my TV!
The second slime had properties of a solid and a liquid and students used their knowledge of solid & liquid to describe the slime.
Kids really enjoyed the program. Some kids said, “Can we do this again?” and “Can we keep our slime?”
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum offers programs seasonally. The next opportunity is Critters in the Cold, offered December 1 through March 3. Schedule a program by request during that time frame.