World Unit : France : scientists

In our World Unit we started studying France.  We looked at the geography, and have a map that we look at when a new place is named.

We are reading this encyclopedia, and reading about France in choronological order with all the historic events that come up.  We are adding other books when is something we want to learn more about, and of course looking online for more resources.

Such was the case of few scientists we wanted to focus on, like Louis Pasteur, and Marie and Pierre Curie.

Louis Pasteur

To study Louis Pasteur, we experimented a little.  Louis Pasteur came up as someone we wanted to study because of the Jack and Annie book we read first.  It was the perfect way to introduce us to French history.  I love how it brought our curiosity to Louis Pasteur, his institute and his studies.  This is what we did.

DSC_0025-smallOur experiments were with crystals, as he had done.  First one, we dissolved table salt with warm water, and then they drew on black paper.  We then put it in the warm oven to dry for few minutes and saw their secret message.

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Another experiment we did took few days to finish because we had to wait for the crystals to form.

DSC_0006-small DSC_0008-smallWe mixed water in one jar with table salt and waited for few days to see what happened when the water evaporated.  We put a strip of black construction paper to the edge, so the crystals could form on it.


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We also mixed epsom salt and water and poured it into a pie dish with a piece of black paper to see it better when crystals were formed.   Waited about 2 weeks to see what happened.

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This is what we used to learn about Louis Pasteur.

Marie and Pierre Curie.

An amazing couple.  We took one day to study them and their lives in French and World history.

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Notice the glowing around them? I am thankful for their discoveries and their hard work.   Because of them we know now what scientists and doctors use today, but it makes me sad to think they were getting radioactive as they were doing all of their research.  Thank you Marie and Pierre Curie for everything you did and sacrificed for humanity.

Note from June 9th: We also read about Jacque Cousteau, and watched one of his TV shows that I grew up watching.  It brought memories, mostly from the music they use and the photography, because his voice was dubbed in Spanish by someone else of course.  So he didn’t sound the same this time.  I’ve added the books we read in the main France Unit post I’ve posted later. 


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