Thursday, February 2, 2012

Hands On Learning

We all know children learn best when they can explore and participate in hands-on activities. The magnetism and electricity unit we are doing in Science is my favorite because it is so hands on! Literally, my students are asking for more and more Science and in any free time, they want to explore Science materials. Here's a look at what we've been doing. We've explored how magnets attract.


We've explored how magnets repel.


We took a bag of test objects and sorted them into things we thought would stick to magnet and things that would not. We determined magnets stick to iron or steel.



We saw that iron fillings will move towards a magnet.


With that, we used iron fillings to find a magnet hidden in a box.


We explored circuit bases, wires, motors, a switch, and D-cells. We hooked it up to make the motor run and determined if the switch is open, electricity does not follow. We connected this to the light switch in our room! We talked about electricity receivers, electricity sources, open circuits, and closed circuits.


We made lightbulbs light up.



I had an observation today and it went great!! We never know when we are going to be observed so it's always a surprise but she came in whole we were finishing cards for my student who lost his dad and then transitioned into Math, which had lots of student involvement. We've had great week of learning!

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