The Penny Spill

I'm changing up my experiment recording sheet this week, even though I said I'd be following the same format :)  It's just a tiny change.

But when I was looking through my science books, one of the authors felt that a more open-ended approach for young students was more developmentally appropriate. And I really like open-ended activities because they allow the child to work comfortably at their own level and to progress (with some nudging) at their own speed.  So with that in mind, the sheet I'm giving you this week looks like this:
Grade ONEderful - science - experiment - record
Click the image for a 4-page freebie

The experiment is called The Penny Spill.  The directions are with the recording sheet, but essentially you fill a small bowl with water, predict how many pennies it will take before the water spills over, then test the predictions.

This sheet doesn't include a space for a written hypothesis. As I started thinking more about 6 year olds and experiments, I decided it was better to share their hypotheses orally and with the whole class graph.

On the recording sheet, they might draw a water bowl for the beginning, pennies sliding in for the middle, and a bowl with lots of pennies and some water spilling out for the end. I would encourage them to label their pictures, too. As the year progresses, many children will include more writing than drawing :)

I've done this experiment several times, and I find it works best if you only have one bowl, but let everyone gather around and take turns carefully sliding pennies in. The excitement builds very quickly!

On another note, Consumer Crafts, an on-line craft store, is having a contest. You can win up to $150! If you're interested follow this link here.  And here's a promo code you can use for 15% off : LRN1213.

I'd also like to give a little shout-out to Carrie at First Grade Derby. Do you know what she did? I was the first one to buy her new Brown Bear unit so she GAVE me her label it package! I had no idea she was going to do this ... so it was a very sweet surprise. I hope you hop on over and say "hi". She's a new blogger, too!

The First Grade Derby


  1. I just love the scientist clip art! How cute!

    I'm having a giveaway feel free tos top on by and enter! :)

  2. Another fun experiment, I just grabbed the freebie. We did the celery experiment on Friday and the kids really loved it, but I forgot to take pictures of the kids, lol!

    Surfin' Through Second

  3. that sounds like a fun experiment!
    Thanks for the shout out. On another random note, I LOVE your blog cute!!

    Carrie :)
    The First Grade Derby

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  5. This looks like such a fun experiment, Barbara! I know the kids would love it!
    Conversations in Literacy

  6. Thank you for sharing! I'm always searching for fun experiments. I LOVE your adorable blog!!!
    Totally Terrific in Texas

  7. I like this recording sheet. Smart.
    Did you recently add that "email me" button with the panda and tongue... how have I not seen it? So freakin' adorable!

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