Ad Hoc Science

I intended all weekend to create a new post, but couldn’t settle on a topic.  I finally decided to write about the found poem exercise I’m planning for tomorrow on Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  I’m really looking forward to seeing what the girls do with it.  Now that they’ve had a little practice with writing found poems, I think we’ll get some very good ones.

But as I sat down to write just now, I opened my laptop to find a desktop picture from Christmas break and decided to post a few pictures.  During Christmas week, we had several days of icy streets and temperatures that never climbed above freezing.  With three highly energetic youngsters in the house, you can imagine our struggle to find engaging indoor activities for them.  This was in an attempt to head off a repeat of the golf ball launching off the second story balcony into the front etched-glass door and the face painting in the back carpeted bedroom with acrylic paints (which may be washable, but DO stain carpet when administered in copious amounts–just saying).  Anyway, I digress.

One day I came up with the idea of bringing the kids and several parents up to my classroom for some science experiments.  I had done this with the boys last summer, and they really enjoyed it.  Oh, how I love the curiosity they express and the joy they find in learning about the world!  If only I had such willing learners every day.CIMG4721

CIMG4709We made GAK.  We blew up a balloon with the CO2 released from the endothermic reaction of baking soda and vinegar–what do you know?  It’s cold!  CIMG4733We made balloon rockets on strings and raced them across the room.  We disassembled the motorcycle my students put together last year with the Engino building kits and made their own vehicles.  It was a great morning, and gave me some fond memories of lively science in my classroom.CIMG4738CIMG4718

As for the MLK found poem exercise, I’ll report on that next time.  I should have some great poetry examples to post from students’ poetry portfolios then, too.

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