To start, my friend, we'll call her Mrs. Neighbor, pasted a cover to a composition notebook to keep in the room by our science area. The students can observe throughout the week and write or draw what they find.
She has found several quick science explorations on Pinterest and lined them up for the year based on the season or other things we are covering in the curriculum. Both classes come together and she discusses what she's going to be doing and has the students hypothesize about the experiment. Yes that's what I said, we are going to hypothesize and do an experiment all without creating a packet of worksheets for them to complete.
|Why does food decay? (Click for link)|
|Classroom Terrarium (Click for Link)|
They can't wait to tell others about it. They're learning more by that exploration than filling in sentences or making a diagram. It's almost kind of like when we were young...learning for fun...and that is what we remember most.
This time also provides time to discuss failed experiments with the students.
For example, the gummy bear experiment you see here was supposed to result in the gummy bears getting larger in water. Ours dissolved! Great chance to discuss unexpected results, failing and trying again.
We have completed one 5-minute science activity since the last week in August and I cannot wait to see what the rest of this year holds! Now you can look forward to Mondays!
If you're looking for help with where to start, visit this Pinterest Search where you will find a ton of resources! Happy Sciencing!
I can't wait to see what you're doing! Post your pictures below or on my Facebook page!
~ Minute Mommy