The science table has proven to be extremely popular and has led to many discussions about signs of fall and, lately, seeds. We started by observing some chestnuts with pincers and magnifying glasses then added other fall items such as leaves, cones, rose hips, maple 'helicopters' and today a sunflower. Of course we opened them all to see what was inside. I would be surprised if most of you haven't heard about our discussion around how seeds travel to new places via bird poop. We have also been using the words 'observation' and 'infer' often. Today we made hypotheses about how some chestnuts got squished and carried out a few simple experiments to test and ultimately disprove the hypotheses the children made. When I told them the clues I had observed around the squished chestnuts (tree by the driveway where a truck was parked) they immediately inferred the truck had run over the chestnuts. YAY! How awesome are they?!
I have taught many grades, including high school, but LOVE teaching primary.