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Ali Eppinger discusses the experiment with her a.m. kindergarten class

Leftover science

Leftover holiday candy recently became the subject of a science experiment for Mountain View kindergarten classes. 

Teachers placed candy canes in four types of liquids and students observed the results to see which dissolved the candy the fastest. Like all good scientists, the kindergartners made their own predictions of the outcome before the experiment began. Would it be cold water, hot water, cooking oil, or white vinegar that would be the most effective? 

Making the hypotheses also invested the kids in the results. They keenly watched the clear cups for signs that the color from the candy was stripping away as the sugar dissolved.

After a few minutes when the candy canes were removed from the solutions, the winner was crowned. The stripes on the candy cane that was immersed in hot water were nearly gone. Hot water for the win.

“I wanted to get my students thinking like scientists,” said teacher Ali Eppinger who coordinated the activity. “I wanted them to learn that experiments don’t have to be complicated; they can be done using everyday items.”


Officer with K-9

Detective Dave Marshall with Chip

From textbook to real life

A story about police dogs that third-graders recently had read came to life when Detective Dave Marshall visited from the Morris County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit.

With dogs Chip and Ollie, Detective Marshall discussed the role of K-9s in police work. He spoke about the selection, training, and daily life of the dogs, and how he lives and interacts with them. Each of the K-9s in the unit, he explained, is usually trained for a single specialty such as narcotics detection, arson investigation, bomb sniffing, patrol work, and search and rescue. However, Ollie is actually cross trained in patrol work and narcotics detection. 

The K-9s, though, were the real stars of the show. The students saw the attentive behavior of Chip and Ollie when they responded to verbal and hand commands to crawl sit, stay between his legs for safety, and jump. Ollie’s sense of smell was also demonstrated when he was able to find a hidden object just using his keenly trained nose.

Chip and Ollie’s visit went beyond exploring how K-9s expand a police officer’s law enforcement and detection capabilities, however. It also showed the third-graders the deep relationship between real-life police dogs and their human partners – a relationship that they had just read about in a non-fiction article called “Aero and Officer Mike.”

“I was so impressed with the great questions the students had,” said teacher Mary Fisher. “The text that they had read encouraged some deep thinking. They wanted to know ‘How does this work?’ on a daily basis. They wanted to get a full understanding.” 

The visit also reinforced social studies lessons on government and the various branches and public services of a government. 

Each student received a trading card about Ollie that described his training.

K-9 Ollie

Back of Ollie's card

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