Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Orange You Glad You Are Learning about Density? - Section 3: Investigation and Discussion-Part 2


The students have now participated in several lessons that have buoyancy and density as their focus.  Someone might look at all of these lessons and wonder...why so many?  Isn't one enough to help students understand sinking and floating and the concept of density?  My

By allowing the students to participate in a variety of investigations, they start making important connections.  They are able to apply new concepts using background knowledge that has been developed.  They are able to solve problems and think about new things to investigate.  The interconnectedness of concepts and ideas plays out for the students.  They also become proficient with related vocabulary as they are given multiple opportunities to use these words.

I am amazed at the connections that my students have made during our investigations.  I honestly forget at times that they are just kindergartners.  They are showing a thought process that surpasses anything I could have imagined!  I am so proud of them. 

Not only do these investigations develop my students' scientific skills, they also instill a love for learning through the excitement that each activity generates.  The cheers and responses to each activity and the incessant questioning "Is it time for science?" tells me that I am on the right track.  I am thinking now about how I can refine and enhance other units that I have created  by adding more investigations.

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  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Investigation, Investigation, Investigation
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Orange You Glad You Are Learning about Density?

Unit 6: Sink or Swim
Lesson 3 of 11

Objective: Students will explore the concept of object density by completing a simple investigation.

Big Idea: Students are surprised by the results of this hands-on investigation in which they test the buoyancy of an orange with and without a peel.

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Science, Science Skills, questioning strategy, density
  45 minutes
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