When I was in high school and college, I *hated* science! And I’m pretty sure it hated me, too. I dreaded our science classes in teacher school – and dreaded teaching it to children even more. We all know that being a great teacher is at least 30% acting. Acting like you love the subject so they will too! So, as science time rolled around, I slipped on a tie-dyed doctor’s coat, a goofy pair of sunglasses and became “Dr. Popsicle!” It allowed me to create a sense of fun and magic in the world of science. And as I acted my way through “loving” science, I actually began to really look forward to our discovery days. Funny how that happens.
I’ve decided that undoubtedly I want my kids to truly *love* science and be curious about how the world around them works. We are starting a unit on Rocks and Minerals this week, and hopefully work through them until we start on our Thanksgiving unit. To begin with, we “rocked” out on a neighborhood rock hunt!
The kids got another chance to use those silly pumpkin baskets they used for trick or treating to collect any and all rocks they were interested in. It’s quite amazing how little people don’t really notice something, like rocks, until you point them out. ANd then all of a sudden,t hey want to take care of 500 rocks. All at once. And they cry when you put them back outside. EEK.
We used these rocks to work through some sorting charts we found in this unit …. we sorted by texture, weight, size, color and shape! Little Bug loved predicting which rock would weigh the most and got really good at it after several rounds.
From there, we had to use our senses to explore our rocks. That’s right. We already felt them, smelled them, etc. Now it’s time to taste them. EWWWW!
Wrong. YUM! and Fun! One of the worksheets in this unit was a Pop Rock Exploration … SO FUN! What a fun avenue to take our rock adventure – and a quick lesson about the chemistry of pop rocks.
Finally for the day, we added in a literacy piece to focus on for the week. We cut out random rock shapes from grey foam and used a sharpie to write our “ock” family words. We piled them up and are practicing reading them day by day!
More to come as we “rock it out”!