My science students LOVE LOVE LOVE hands on learning! Most kids do, so I like to use this approach to learning science, DOING Science, as much as possible in order to tap into the natural curiosity that 4th graders have!
My little scholars, both boys AND girls, facilitate the science projects after I give them general guidelines, and they are natural teachers!
Providing eager learners with supplies and tools is my number one goal. Watching them excel is my honor!
Building models to represent scientific phenomenon is the driving force in my science class. A specific phenomena, such as "The western slopes of mountains in California get more rainfall, and therefore are more lush with vegetation," will be stated. Students will have to build a model to show why this is so.
Models depicting scientific phenomena will be built by the students to show their understanding of a concept.
For example, spray bottles will represent rainfall in the water cycle, a fan will represent the jet stream, plastic cups built into a mountain range and covered with paper will represent the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The spiral notebooks, colored paper and copy paper will allow students to record their finding and keep a running log as they update their observations.
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