Thursday, June 11, 2009

Carmen's field trip

On June 4th I was priveledged to attend one of Carmen's field trips. We walked from her school to her science teacher's home.

There the kids, all 50 of them, were given a huge scavenger hunt/ discovery to do in 2 hours.

They had to answer questions such as: name 5 things birds use to make their nests. Here teacher had this display of nests for them to look at and study.

We had to disect a flower and find all the parts. Look for different kinds of leaves, flowers, trees, slugs, water insects and so many other things. All of them could be found in her yard!

There was a brook running through her yard. The kids could treck through it with water shoes on. They measured the temperature of the water and took water samples to look at under a microscope.

After this field study pizza came for lunch!

and Ice Pops

Before walking back to school they experimented with Mentos and Diet Coke!

Notice the soda geyser! A package of Mentos in a bottle of Diet Coke will produce this. The experiment was done 3 more times. Carmen wants to try it at home. We will try to see if Root Beer or Fresca will do the same.
I enjoyed this field trip. It made me think more about teaching science to the older grades.

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