Edible cell models

We have literally just finished making edible cell models for science. The kidlet is in the background asking repeatedly when she can eat them (after dinner, now stop asking!) and I have managed to get away for a minute of peace and quiet, ah the bliss!

So today’s science looked like this: read about the basic features and differences between a plant cell and an animal cell; plant cells are rectangular and are typically green from the chloroplasts while animal cells are round. Then we made a model of each type of cell using fruit and jelly. The animal cell is in a round dish with a single strawberry for the nucleus and the plant cell is in a rectangular dish with a strawberry nucleus and many grape chloroplasts. Very basic but I think she has mastered the content of this lesson so yay and I bet the girls will enjoy eating this experiment later, yum.

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The start of a new term and beginning science.

I can finally do a post about our current exploits instead of backdating to last term, yay! And in even more exciting news, we have finally started with our new curriculum, woohoo!!! (we have all been eager to start for months now).  Our new additions this term are science and ancient history and I cannot tell you how excited we are are to finally be starting on these subjects.

For science we have chosen R.E.A.L Science Odyssey Life level 1 (RSO life, details are at their website HERE). So far we have done both labs in unit 1 and have spent the week learning about living vs non-living things.  This has been a huge hit so far with “when can we do science?” being one of the most commonly heard phrases  over the entire week (right up there with “Mummy, I’m hungry!”). This week we have learned about the conditions required for something to be considered living and have applied this knowledge to observations in nature.

Doing a plot study:

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This has been an immensely successful first week of science.  Although the girls already had a good grasp of whether something should be classified as living or non-living they are now better able to define why.

Bring on next week I say, anyone for edible cell models?