This year is a whole new world for me. I’m teaching science on a daily basis. I feel like I know nothing about anything science so it’s been a challenge to really feel like I’m doing it well. It’s been so much fun keeping things engaging. And, I’ve transferred to a different school in my district and it’s an arts magnet.
As little as I know about science, I know even less about anything arts. Sure, I like music. Making music? Um, no. Visual arts. Um, no. In fact, I was excited about the craftivities I was going to be doing. Except those aren’t art. Clearly, I’m learning. 🙂
My partner teacher found this amazing Sound and Light bundle on TpT and it’s saved my life the last few weeks. It includes detailed lesson plans, engaging projects, a unit test and study guide, vocabulary words, and so much more. I didn’t follow it to a T but it was what helped me get through.
We’re starting light this week and so I’m so glad to be able to continue our unit with a similar theme. Click the image above to check it out on TpT.
One of the activities in the unit is creating a straw horn. I practiced before we got there. I failed. I tried with a different straw. I failed. I watched this video.
I still failed.
So I decided I’d let the kids try it anyway. See if they could beat me. Give them a challenge to be better than their teacher. To really butter them up, I showed them the day before I let them try and I told them I couldn’t do it. They came in the next day so excited to tell me that they used a straw at home and were able to do it (without the directions, btw). WHAT? But as we passed out straws, we were still hardly getting any horn sounds.
I looked all over and I found some fatter straws and I thought we’d try those out and see if they helped. And I had one of those instant “IDEA!” moments. What a perfect way to introduce the scientific method.
We created a graph of our hypotheses.
And then performed our experiment.
We all seemed to agree that the fat horn was easier to use as a straw horn. But then once we had been successful with the fat straw, the skinny straw was so much easier.
They did a much better job staying abstract this time, though I probably need a lot of practice on what exactly abstract SHOULD be.
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