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Craters on Mercury

April 17, 2010

For the last two weeks we have been studying the planet Mercury in science.  Today we were able to spend a little bit of time doing the hands on activities.  First, we were asteroids and made craters on the surface of Mercury.

Both kids started with a bowl of flour and made a smooth surface on the top.

Erin

Christopher

Then they dropped pebbles, marbles and rocks of different shapes (i.e. asteroids) into the flour to make craters.  They both agreed that the shooters made the best asteroids.

craters

Then we added some fun things to the flour (salt, water, oil) to make a nice ball of dough…or a model of Mercury.  🙂

Andrew had to step in and help when things got a little too sticky.

After they formed the dough, they repeated the process of asteroids hitting the surface and set them aside to harden.

*Fashion note: Erin wanted to wear her matching shirt to co-op on Thursday.  Christopher was NOT impressed, but agreed to wearing them at home today.   

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Mamaw permalink
    April 17, 2010 10:32 pm

    I am so proud of you both…..Looks like you are having fun also. See you in a couple weeks……

  2. April 19, 2010 8:20 pm

    The new blog looks great! We did the apologia Astronomy a few years ago and my crew really liked doing the mercury activities too!

  3. May 4, 2010 12:59 pm

    That last picture of Erin. wow. She is so beautiful and her hair is getting so long. She is really growing up!!!

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