Learning with a Leaf Pile

Part of the fun of homeschooling is that learning can take place anytime, anywhere. Today learning took place in an autumn leaf pile.
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First things first, you actually have to rake the leaves up.
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Next you’re going to need to gather supplies. Measuring tape, yarn, and scissors.
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First we measured the height of the pile.
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Then we wrapped yarn around it.
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And measured the yarn.
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Once we had all those measurements, it was time for the fun part.
I sent LittleMan into the leaf pile to play for a minute.
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Learning has never been so fun!
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Then we remeasured the height of the pile. We discovered that it was shorter than before, and LittleMan guessed this was because he smushed the leaves and made the pile smaller with his body weight.
We then wrapped yarn around the pile again and compared that length of yarn with the original length of yarn. If LittleMan’s prediction was correct then the yarn should have been shorter due to a smaller pile. But the yarn was not shorter, it was longer. This meant the pile was not in fact smaller. It was shorter, yes, but it was wider. The volume of the leaves was the same, they were just shuffled about a bit.
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This same concept could be demonstrated with a cup of water. If the water is in a bowl it will be short and wide, if it is in a vase then it will be tall and thin. It is the same amount of water either way.

 

 

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