April & May Science Experiments

We picked animals to research and filled out report sheets on them (this is Fritz’s report on the blobfish).

We filled out some cladograms.

We solved a puzzle using a dichotomous key.

We looked at the bacteria in yogurt under the microscope. We left out a bit of yogurt overnight and then looked at it. We discovered there were a lot more bacteria on the slide the second day.

We identified whether plants from our yard were monocots or dicots.

We looked at a monocot and a dicot under the microscope.

We identified the body parts of a cockroach. We were supposed to do the same with a spider, but after months of watching for spiders, we never caught one (and only saw a few very tiny ones)!

We cut a banana in half lengthwise and put the halves in ziploc baggies. We added 1 teaspoon of yeast to one bag and sealed them up squeezing as much air out as possible. The yeast digested the banana into a soupy mess while the plain banana stayed firm and puffed up the bag a bit. (Cameron’s and my hypotheses about what would happen were completely wrong, but Fritz’s was right.)

We examined a mushroom and identified the parts and then dissected it.

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