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Posted: November 15, 2010 9:46 p.m.
Updated: November 16, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

First place
Jennifer T. Russell
Fourth grade
Newhall Elementary School

The most interesting thing I like to learn in science is rocks and minerals. I like rocks because once, my friend, Sarah, and I threw a few rocks at the ground and inside there was sand.
When you rub rocks or minerals on paper or the ground, it makes a mark.
A mineral is a solid natural thing. Did you know that California’s state gem is the benitoite?
Some of the minerals names are rose quartz, smoky quartz, amethyst and citrine.
Did you know that pyrite has metallic luster?
Many minerals are not shiny, like metal. Gypsum has a glassy, silky or pearly luster.
Wulfenite has a resinous or greasy luster.
Did you know that luster is one of the properties of minerals?
Another special property of minerals is hardness.
If you go to the road canyon, you will see many sedimentary rocks.
Granite is a beautiful type of rock.
Rock is constantly changing. Many sedimentary rocks, such as shale, begin as layers at bottoms of rivers.

Second place
Skya Bailey
Fourth grade
Charles Helmers
 Elementary School

The most interesting thing that I learned in science was in first grade. We got to see worms change into butterflies. It took a while. Every day somebody got to feed them. We did this in the middle of the year. My teachers would feed them fruit when they were butterflies and leaves when they were worms. After a while we had to let them go. We let them go in the grass by a tree. That was the most interesting thing I did in science.

Third place
Destiny Orona
Fourth grade
Newhall Elementary School

In science, I learned how to eat like a bird. Did you know all birds have different beaks? Some beaks are long, and some are short and they eat different things. For example, a woodpecker has a long beak so it can get its food.
I also learned about minerals. Some minerals are not the same, and they come in different sizes. Some objects, like pennies, are not hard. You can scratch them with your fingernails. The minerals can come in different colors.
The last thing that I learned in science was the ecosystem energy and the search for food.
For example, when a lion is trying to look for a zebra it might be the end for that zebra.
In California, there are a lot of redwoods and they grow about 300 feet tall. The oldest redwood tree is about 2,200 years old. And that’s all I learned in science.

Alexandra Ramirez
Fourth grade
Newhall Elementary School

This year I learned that not all birds have the same beaks. Some have long beaks, and some have short beaks. The woodpecker has a long, strong beak so it can reach its food. If it had a small one, it would die. A hummingbird also needs a long beak so it can get the nectar out of the flower.

Cole Severini
Fourth grade
Newhall Elementary School

The most interesting thing I have learned is chemistry. Once, it almost exploded. Mostly I want to make gasoline for the world. If I do, I will sell it. Gasoline is not made with chemistry so it might be hard. If it does not work, I will make a crystal.

Pedro Silvas
Fourth grade
Newhall Elementary School

I like science because I get to experiment with stuff. If I was a scientist, I would explore volcanos. I think in science magma is made of fire. I think diamonds are in volcanoes that explode. Magma is in volcanos. I like volcanos in all the places. I like science everywhere.

Nayeli Bernabe
Fourth grade
Newhall Elementary School

Hi, my name is Nayeli and my last name is Bernabe and I am 8 years old. I am in 4th grade. My teacher’s name is Miss Golbert. I learned in science how to eat like a bird. We used chopsticks, a plastic worm, string and a peanut.
What else I learned is how to make bubbles. Get soap, cup, stick and then blow.

Kylie Chua
Fourth grade
Charles Helmers
Elementary School

The most interesting thing I learned in science was when I learned about all the planets. I think the planets were interesting because they all rotate around the sun in different times. On one planet, I know revolves around the sun in one year. Are there other planets not yet discovered? How long does it take to get there? Are there other creatures living there? Those are the most interesting things in science to me.

Sean Evans
Fourth grade
Charles Helmers
Elementary School

The coolest thing I learned in science is when the Mythbusters did Chinese water torture. It was interesting what water can do. It was interesting because a tiny drop of water can turn to torture. I can’t believe what a tiny drop of water can do to a person.

Alana Ingram
Fourth grade
Charles Helmers
Elementary School

The most interesting thing I learned in science was about the stars. It’s a big ball of hot gas. When you are outside at night and you see a star, you think you can touch it. But the truth is that the star is many, many miles away from where you think it is. It’s actually moving around in space. Stars come in many different sizes. A dark night sky has large, small and medium twinkley colorful stars at night. I read that stars are cosmic energy engines that produce heat, light, ultraviolet rays, X-rays and other forms of radiation. I think stars are the best thing I learned in science.

Matt O’Grady
Fourth grade
Charles Helmers
Elementary School

The most interesting thing I have learned in science is about volcanos. Did you know that if you put vinegar and water in a mini volcano, it will erupt? Get construction paper or clay, and make it into a cone. Then you make a hole in it. Then you could put a cup of vinegar and put water into it to make it erupt.

Adriana Corona
First grade
Peachland Elementary School

The most interesting thing I have learned in science is about dancing raisins.
This is when raisins that get dropped into a glass of water. Then you sprinkle baking soda on the raisins and they bounce up and down and it looks like raisins are dancing.

Sarah Ann Wathen
First grade
Peachland Elementary School

I loved learning about dancing raisins in science lab. It was so cool when we dropped raisins into a plastic cup with clear fizzy soda in it. The raisins went to the bottom of the cup and then the fizzy bubbles pushed them up. It was so fun to watch. I am thankful for all of my teachers. I can’t wait to learn about another experiment.

Avalina Andrew
First grade
Peachland Elementary School

I like the dancing raisins because I like to dance. I liked how the baking soda had a chemical reaction when mixed with water. That made the raisins dance. I like how it bubbled up and when Mrs. Kristy tried mixing it up it overflowed. I would like to see what else would dance like the raisins. I thought that was the most interesting thing I learned.

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