After spending a significant amount of time studying plant and animal adaptations, students have begun learning about the different states and phases of matter. We will also be discovering the different ways we classify matter by physical properties. To begin our study we have explored snowflakes, and even made our own out of crystals by mixing a liquid (boiling water) with a solid (borax). Students were excited by watching the changes in matter and how they differed from their predictions prior to the experiment. Later in the month we will have Elaine Blanck, our Scientist-in-Residence, join our classes for some more hands-on learning with matter and how it can change from one state to another.