by Nancy Foote
It’s always fun to put a new item on the curiosity table to see how my students will react. The newest addition was Arctic Flare UV Sensitive Putty, a gift from our friends at Educational Innovations.
Choosing a few compelling ice-breakers and discussion starters for the first week of school may not be a priority right now, but it’s never too early to jot down a few good ideas. We’ve compiled 20 ideas to help you start some lively science conversations next year.
Each of these “raise-your-hand-if…” statements can be expanded or modified, depending upon the grade you teach. Your goal is to find ways to connect your students’ summer experiences with science topics.
Do you have any excellent discussion starter questions related to summer science? Share them with us in the comments below!
Why not insert a bit of green science humor into your next quiz or homework page? Extra points for students who guess the right answers to our riddles!
If you have a favorite cartoon or joke, we invite you to share it as a comment below.
We think green science topics like renewable sources of energy are much easier to understand when students can watch a video. Animations are especially useful to explain concepts like geothermal energy or—for that matter—biofuels made from…ummm… excrement.
If you come across a video you’d like us to add here, please leave us a comment below!
Teaching about ultraviolet light is always fun. Read on for ideas you’ll want to try in your classroom. We have compiled in-class activities, discussion ideas and do-it-yourself projects that will have your students GLOWING with excitement as they explore the hidden world of UV light.
Let us know how these ideas worked! If you have a favorite lesson or activity on ultraviolet light, please share it with us in the comments below.