Monica teaches 2nd grade and posts her teaching ideas and adventures on The Schroeder Page. She has a lively blog...full of ideas and activities...lots of videos and pictures.
Yesterday her post about dental hygiene has me wanting to teach about teeth in my class too...wish I had a school nurse who wanted to do fun stuff like her school nurse! Hmmm...homemade toothpaste? That sounds like lots of fun for the students!
This year we adopted a new science curriculum...the National Geographic one. It looks like it has great reading material and ideas for experiments, but our district didn't purchase the lab kits...so to do the units we have to buy it all ourselves! I'm not sure how to describe how I feel about that. :(
But science is one of my favorite things to teach and my goal for next school year...after being in my new school for a year...is to see how I can work it in to my lesson plans. In the meantime I file away cool ideas that I find. And Monica had the coolest science activity for Valentine's Day.
I love the scientific method. All the built in questions and the potential for problem solving and writing are huge! So when I saw this activity...it made me crave to teach some meaningful science again! Monica even includes the directions for how to make the goggles. Yes, the kids MAKE the goggles they wear! How cool is that!?