Today Mrs. Simmons, who was a geologist in her former life, visited the class to lecture on minerals and rocks. The kids really enjoyed her discussion and loved looking at her samples.
I brought in some persimmons today for the students to open and see what we found. We discussed the three different things you could find--knives, forks and spoons. They of course were all hoping for spoons (more snow that way). We ended up with 25 spoons and 6 knives. The students had fun opening the seeds and competing to see who had what.
A few weeks ago I found some neat growing bouncy balls at Hobby Lobby, and I thought my class would love to try those. So we followed the instructions-add however many small pellets to warm water (which was supposed to make it grow faster), and watch them grow up to 200 times their original size. The kids loved watching the pellets expand into small bouncy balls. Some of the students took theirs home and then brought them back after the weekend to share their growth with the rest of the class. It was a fun way to introduce the Scientific Inquiry model with the students. They guessed how large they might grow, whether they would grow faster in warm or cold water and what they would feel like after they were done.