Today was full of Science discoveries...all of them pretty neat.
Wow! The conversation during the reading was much different than in the past. The students read in their science groups and as I walked around I heard things like, "Oh yeah, that's like when we did..." It occurred to me that doing the hands-on inquiry first was really a good thing. Of course, I had to delve a little further. So, I gathered my class and asked them what they thought about reading about our science concepts AFTER they had done the experiments. (We had been working on identifying the physical properties of solids, liquids, and gases). All but 4 of the students thought that they had a better understanding of the concepts in the book because they remembered doing the experiments. Now, there is research in action.
Family Science Night
Tonight, our school hosted Family Science Night. The fourth grade tables ROCKED. My table held the Will It Blow? experiment where we mixed baking soda and vinegar in a baggie. It was such a hit in my classroom, I decided that we needed to do it at Science Night. Our other table hosted It's Electrifying where students connected circuits to create electricity. It was so fun meeting so many families and talking to them about science. Every grade level supplied several activities for families to learn about the science concepts we teach at those grades. We had a great turnout and even had to shoo a few families out. I guess they were having too much fun.
And here's something fun that a friend reminded me of...Today I got to see lots of kids and families get excited about science. Enjoy!