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Tom Poje

5th and 6th grade science wizards

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The ideas about science quoted here were taken from essays, exams, and classroom discussions. Most were from 5th and 6th graders.

(#32 is my favorite)

Q. What is one horsepower?

A. One horsepower is the amount of energy it takes to drag a horse 500 feet in one second.

2. You can listen to thunder after lightning and tell how close you came to getting hit. If you don’t hear it, you got hit, so never mind.

3 Talc is found on rocks and on babies

4 The law of gravity says no fair jumping up without coming back down

5 When they broke open molecules, they found they were only stuffed with atoms. But when they broke atoms, they found them stuffed with explosions

6 When people run around and around in circles we say they are crazy. When planets do it we say they are orbiting

7 Rainbows are just to look at, not to really understand

8 While the earth seems to be knowingly keeping its distance from the sun, it is really only centrificating

9 Someday we may discover how to make magnets that can point in any direction

10 Australia has cold summers and hot winters, but somehow they still manage.

11 Most books now say our sun is a star. But it still knows how to change back into a sun in the daytime

12 Water freezes at 32 degrees and boils at 212 degrees. There are 180 degrees between freezing and boiling because there are 180 degrees between north and south

13 A vibration is a motion that cannot make up its mind which way it wants to go

14 There are 26 vitamins in all, but some of the letters are yet to be discovered. Finding them all means living forever

15 There is a tremendous weight pushing down on the center of the earth because of so much population stomping around these days

16 Lime is a green-tasting rock

17 Many dead animals in the past changed to fossils while others preferred to be oil

18 Genetics explain why you look like your father and if you don’t why you should

19 Vacuums are nothings. We only mention them to let you know they are there

20 Some oxygen molecules help fires burn while others help make water, so sometimes its brother against brother

21 Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the sun. But I have never been able to make out the numbers

22 To most people solutions mean finding answers. But to chemists solutions are things that are still all mixed up

23 In looking at a drop of water under a microscope, we find there are twice as many H’s as O’s

24 Clouds are high flying fogs

25 I am not sure how clouds get formed. But the clouds know how to do it, and that is the important thing

26 Clouds just keep circling around the earth around and around. And around. There is not much else to do

27 Water vapor gets together in a cloud. When it is big enough to be called a drop, it does.

28 We keep track of the humidity in the air so we don’t drown when we breathe

29 Rain is often known as soft water, oppositely known as hail

30 Rain is saved up in cloud banks

31 In some rocks you can find fossil footprints of fish

32 Cyanide is so poisonous that one drop on a dogs tongue will kill the strongest man

33 A blizzard is when it snows sideways

34 A hurricane is a big breeze of a bigly size

35 A monsoon is a French gentleman

36 Thunder is a rich source of loudness

37 It is so hot in some places that the people there have to live in other places

38 The wind is like the air, only pushier

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