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Welcome! I am using this blog to share our family's homeschooling thoughts and experiences.

THIS SCHOOL YEAR (2016-2017): We will be using a variety of different curriculum this year, with Notgrass' Uncle Sam and You as our main History, Bible and Literature focus. Our oldest, EL, is in 12th grade this year, but has special learning needs due to autism. JJ is our youngest, an active boy with Tourette Syndrome. He is in the 8th grade.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

SCIENCE: Owl Pellets, Atoms, Chain Reactions & Surface Tension

Here are some pictures of some of the Science experiments we have been doing this year...
 
DISSECTING OWL PELLETS:
We dissected an owl pellet at the library with other homeschoolers. Owls cannot digest the fur and bones of a rodent, so they cough it up into a pellet. JJ thought it was really cool to dig through a pellet and find the little rodent bones. I helped EL get through it, but she was not thrilled.
 
Owl pellet

EL and I finding rodent bones

JJ and a friend finding bones and matching them up

DIAGRAM OF AN ATOM:

 CHAIN REACTIONS:
Getting ready to whisk egg whites to make meringue cookies

Whisking the egg whites whips air bubbles into the albumin,
producing a chain reaction.


The albumin traps the bubbles, making a foam.
When you bake it, the foam hardens into meringues.
  
 
SURFACE TENSION:
Pepper flakes sprinkled onto water float on the top
because of surface tension.


A drop of detergent breaks the surface tension
and pushes the pepper flakes away.


More Science photos to come....

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