My students need materials including a tuning fork set, safety goggles, a water prism, beaker, laser pointer, and more to study light, sound, and physical science while practicing safety in the science lab!
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My future scientists come to class every day eagerly awaiting the discoveries that lie before them! My students are enthusiastic, curious fifth graders that live up to the high expectations that I set for them. We've created a classroom that promotes inquiry and critical thinking on a daily basis. My students learn best when they are involved in their learning and able to perform a lab to analyze the results. We make messes, we make mistakes, we struggle at times; but when my students make a new discovery, the look on their faces is priceless! What they learn through hands-on, interactive labs will stick with them for life. My school has a growing population, and science supplies have been limited. We are a disadvantaged, title one campus, but that doesn't stop my high-achieving students for one second.
My math classroom transforms into a science lab when we switch periods. I want my students to perform hands-on labs as much as possible. This requires some very important safety equipment such as goggles. I need a class set of goggles, so everyone can be involved in the lab no matter how messy it may get; blowing sand dunes, creating canyons, weathering, and erosion activities all require goggles. I have not been able to perform some of those labs due to lack of safety equipment.
Future scientists are inspired by creating an environment of learning through self-discovery.
My students will be able to experience self-discovery with these much needed materials.
My students also need to understand how sound waves travel, and that will be possible with a set of tuning forks. Imagine seeing a ripple of sound waves in a cup of water when a tuning fork touches it, or feeling the tickle of a tuning fork on your hand to understand how sound waves travel.
Light is all around us, but imagine being able to see light slow down and form a rainbow when you study the refraction of light with a water prism, lenses, or diffraction glasses. I can't wait for my students to be able to see this for themselves as they create their own rainbows!
Can you separate a mixture of salt and water or sugar and water? These questions will be easily answered when my scientists use the graduated cylinders to measure the ingredients for these mixtures and heat the glass beakers to evaporate the water from the salt and sugar.
Magnetism and electricity are two important aspects of physical science will be observed as we use our magnets for various activities and include the buzzers into the circuits we create.
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