This week, we have moved on from human body systems to that of plants. Vascular plants to be exact (don't I sound so scientific when I say it like that?) The basic goal of our lessons is to show students that plants have a set of tubes inside of them, very similar to that of the human cardiovascular system, that is responsible for delivering the food, water, and gas necessary for life to each of the cells.
First, we started with the celery experiment. The kids weighed the celery, and made careful note of whether or not there were leaves present. Then, the celery was placed in a vial with or without water. After a day, the celery was weighed again, the amount of water left was recorded, and students drew conclusions about how the celery took in water.
Finally, we went back to the classroom to read up on all that we had
learned. Instead of having the students simply answer the questions in
the back of the book, I had them create a foldable with the
information. The labels on the front are the basic idea of what the
question was about (that the kids decided upon themselves....getting a
little more test prep in for The TEST), and inside they searched the
text for the answers (again, prepping them to find evidence in their
reading...can't let a minute go by without prepping for The TEST). The
foldable kept their attention and made them think they were doing
something other than answering the questions in the book. As a result,
their answers were far more detailed and useful.
So there you go....more science instruction straight from my classroom. I swear, if you come back in 2 years, I will have AMAZING ideas. But for now...this is what you get ;)