Liquid To A Gas

Today we turned liquid into a gas for our states of matter unit. I typed up a sheet for this lab using the scientific method. I had them fill out their lab worksheets and we got started. You will need a small pot, water, and heat.

1.Place a pot of water on the stove and turn the heat on high (I spared you a picture of this step).

2. Bring the pot of water to a boil.

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3. Continue to boil water until you see the steam coming from the pot.

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4. You have now turned a liquid into a gas.

I know, not the most exciting experiment, but it was a good way to see the change that took place.

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Where Were We Last Week?

Okay, last week was crazy busy. My daughter turned twelve on Tuesday. I can’t believe Alexis is twelve years old. Where does the time go? Sorry, I am trying to be brave.

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Okay, back to the party. She wanted an around the world party so thanks to Pinterest, we got busy. The kitchen was transformed into Mexico.

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The dining room became Paris.

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Our living room became India (Bollywood).

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The pictures don’t do the decorations justice, but it gives you the idea. This party was so much fun to put together and Alexis enjoyed her special day spent with family and friends. So last week was full of decorating, family, and celebrating. I didn’t seem to find time to check in here, but it was a pretty great way to spend last week.

This Moment

I am playing with Soule Mama this week… In her words

{this moment}- A  Friday ritual A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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Diet Coke Rocket!

We had done the whole Mentos and Diet Coke experiment in a co-op class a few years back so I wanted something a little different. A quick search led me to this video and I knew that I had found the experiment for us. All you need is a two liter of Diet Coke and a pack of the original Mentos.

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1.Take off the outer wrapper of the Mentos

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2. Drop the Mentos into the Diet Coke and quickly screw on the cap.

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3. Shake the Diet Coke. 4. Open the cap just a little until it starts to fizz. 5. Throw the Diet Coke bottle on the ground and it will take off.

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Warning! Don’t stand close to the bottle. Our bottle exploded mid flight showering my husband with Diet Coke. Of course, the loving family we are only laughed a little!

The Rise Of Leaders

DSC_0008-3Today we discussed how in early civilizations, leaders arose. How to become a leader you had to know more than other people. Someone figured out there are 365 days in a year by the stars. Someone had to figure out where the peasant’s farm was after the flooding of the Nile. This is where people long ago would use the string and pegs method. Our history book gave an example of a right angle. To help the kids understand this my husband took our kids outside and presented a problem to them. They used the right angle to figure out how to make a corner. After, they completed their right angle they checked it using a square. The one they made using string was very close. After they understood what a right angle was, I had them do a small scale one on their own.

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We then discussed how someone who knew information like this would become a leader in ancient times and how leaders are smart. Leaders know what needs to be done and they know how to get it done.

Candy For Sciene Fun?

Today we used Pop Rocks candy for our science lesson. We have been studying the states of matter, and this week we are focusing on the gas state. The experiment today came from here. I typed up a quick work sheet based on the scientific method to go along with this experiment. The materials you need for this experiment are Pop Rocks candy, a balloon, 16 ounce bottle of soda, and a funnel.

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Place Pop Rocks into the balloon using a funnel. Place the balloon over the top of the soda bottle. Add Pop Rocks to the soda and observe what happens.

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Give the bottle a good shake to add even more excitement.

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The kids came up with a brilliant idea of tying off the balloons and using them like a water balloon. I recommend you run extremely fast because you will become the target. We finished this experiment by discussing why this experiment works and filled in the rest of our worksheet while happily snacking on the leftover Pop Rocks! Now I’m going to pry my flip flops off my feet and take a shower. Yep, you  guessed it, I didn’t run fast enough.

Treasured Recipes Coffee Can Bread

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I have fond memories of my great grandmas. They both were such amazing women. Both of these lovely ladies loved to cook, and neither one went by a recipe. I’m fortunate enough that someone in our family took time to write a lot of these recipes down. These recipes are something I treasure, and they always take me back to a special time. I always seem to make these recipes when I want to find my way back to a simpler time. I have continued the traditions of my great grandmas with my children, and I love the new memories made around our table while eating these recipes. I thought I would share some of these recipes from time to time here in this space. I hope your family will enjoy them as much as mine. The first recipe I would like to share is coffee can bread. Yes this bread is made in coffee cans, but don’t worry it can be made in a bread pan.

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Coffee Can Bread

Ingredients:

1/2 cup warm water

1 package yeast

1/8 teaspoon ginger

5 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons oil

1 large can evaporated milk

1 teaspoon salt

4-4 1/2 cups flour

1. Mix warm water, yeast, ginger and 2 tablespoons sugar together in a small bowl. Let stand for 15 minutes.

2. Add 2 tablespoons sugar to mixture and let stand for 15 minutes.

3. Grease 3 coffee cans well.

4. Add 2 tablespoons oil, evaporated milk, 1 tablespoon sugar, salt and flour to the yeast mixture. Mix well.

5. Turn dough out onto counter and knead until elastic.

6. Split the dough into three equal parts and place in greased coffee cans.  Cover the top  of bread with grease. Grease lids and place loosely on top of coffee cans.

7. Let the dough rise to the top of the cans.

8. Remove lids and bake 1 hour in a 300 degree oven.

9. Cool for a few minutes then remove bread from cans.

10. Now if you’re impatient like me (hey in this case it pays off) slice bread, smother in butter, and enjoy!

Make sure your coffee cans are metal and don’t have a lip around the top. The lip won’t allow the bread to come out of the coffee cans.  If you can’t find coffee cans that will work, place bread into greased bread pans.