Posts Tagged ‘nature of science’

First Week of School Science Activities

Since it takes awhile to get all of the administrative things out of the way in the first week of school, I am planning on focusing on mostly Nature of Science type activities. The following are some of the things I’m most excited about:

Science Is – Students brainstorm their own lists of things that Science Is and Science Is Not. Then a large list is generated and students sort words on a t-chart into what they believe science is and isn’t. We did this activity using construction paper and glue sticks to make colorful Science Is Charts!

Tower Building – Students work together to build the tallest tower of cups they can without speaking. The second time, students are allowed to talk. This encourages students to think about the importance of communication in science.

Which Is Better? – As a student guided scientific method activity, we split the students into two groups. One had to analyze which bouncey ball is better and the other which bubble wand is better. The students defined their own definition for “better” and their procedure. Afterward, they listed their steps and quickly realized they used the scientific method without realizing it!

Letter Writing – Students wrote themselves a letter setting goals for themselves for the school year. I will return their letters at the end of the semester or the end of the year.

Lab Safety – For lab safety day, we handed out the Flinn Safety Contract and students wrote short skits demonstrating 5 safe lab techniques and 5 safety violations.

Photo Wall

One of the things I want to incorporate into my classroom is a photo wall of science. It will include pictures from myself, my students, and any other contributor of pictures of what science means to us. I have had quite a few opportunities to take some pictures for it over the last few weeks between driving across country and settling in Las Vegas, so I wanted to share some with you:

A GM Factory in the MidWest

Mesas in southern Utah

GPS technology brought us safely 2700 miles away from home and found us food and cheap gas!

Spring gardens at the Bellagio

With the generators at the Hoover Dam - my happy place!

The Michael O'Callahan-Pat Tillman Bridge (to be finished November 2010)

I think using a photo wall will be a great way to initiate conversations about the Nature of Science and perhaps some debates over what science is!