What Busyness Does To Your 5th Grade Science Experiments
What makes a good 5th grade science experiment? Well, first, as the name implies, it needs to be something exciting that’s done with the hands and seen with the eyes. We’re fortunate to be able to call ourselves science teachers- we’re the ones who don’t just talk about how things are done, we’re expected to actually show it.
Second is something we’ll call the discrepant event. Take the photo above, with the lamp heating a beaker of ice water covered in plastic. In a few minutes, little droplets of water will appear on the underside of the plastic. Hmm…. Without the lamp, that wouldn’t have happened (or taken a lot longer).
Which leads us into another crucial thing, which is the by-product of good preparation and planning, is a good leading question or two. When those water droplets appear on the plastic, you can ask How did that happen? Where did those come from? How did it get the energy to do that?
Lastly, and not leastly, a great title is the icing on the cake. Why put all that effort into a lesson and give it a dull name? A great title is both catch and descriptive.