Monday, May 24, 2010

Life lesson for 4th graders

Whenever there is a real life teachable moment, take it. So goes our lesson on the current gulf oil spill.  Each student was given a cup of water, couple of pieces of foam (dropped in the water), a pipette, and a few cotton balls. As the students were talking and trying to figure out what they were going to be doing, I walked by and put a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil in their cup of water. "Now your job is to clean it up." After a few moments of shock and horror, the work began. There were several silent minutes of intense cleaning going on.  Then the light bulbs began to shine. "This is killing our fish, we'll never get this all cleaned up, oh no, this will affect the food chain."
They got it. A lesson learned.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

No more critters---and my room still stinks!

Most of our class crabs, frogs and millipedes that we studied during our life science series, have now found new homes. ( I use the word homes loosely.) And, I was just getting used to my room returning to tolerable fragrance.  When ...I noticed that it's that time of year when my 4th graders need that health lesson on using deodorant.