FULTON – Fulton City School District’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten students were full of wonder, amazement and excitement at each station during the recent UPK Family Night.
The program’s quarterly event focused on science this time around, providing Fulton’s youngest students with hands-on experiments relating to some of the science lessons woven into their Listen and Learning academic units.
Granby Elementary UPK teacher Michelle Long helped lead a flower color-changing activity where UPK students and their siblings selected a white carnation, a half-filled bottle of water and chose a color to dye the water.
Using their math skills, they counted each of the 10 drops out and then placed the carnation, stem-first into the bottle.
Long said as the flowers rest in the bottles of color water the color will travel up to the leaves and the white will turn either the shade of blue, red, green or yellow.
That fun experiment coincided with the UPK lesson about roots, stems, leaves and flower.
Long said the unit has exposed them to an expanded vocabulary, as they learned words, such as nutrients and soil.
At another station, children were able to pick out a book and a “dirt cup” snack, made up of pudding, crushed Oreo cookies and a gummy worm. Fun projects also included clean mud, made out of toilet paper, shaved soap and water, bubble-blowing and insect and dinosaur fossil making out of toy objects and homemade Play Dough.
UPK teachers from Lanigan, Volney, Granby and Fairgrieve assisted with each of the stations.