Every year at the beginning of the year I ask my students what they would like to be when they grow up. Yes! In Kindergarten I'm already asking!! I always love to hear their answers; some don't know yet, some say something their parents or siblings do like "work at a bank" or "work at a store" and some have cute answers like "I want to be pretty" or "I want to be a mom/dad". I always learn so much about them & try to bring the things they are interested in, into our classroom setting.
This year, to my surprise, I had a handful of students that said that they would like to be a scientist when they grow up! This does not seem to be a very common career choice in a Kindergartners eyes so to hear this from 4 of my students got me, a science major, so excited to bring more science into my classroom this school year.
After school one day I came home to my usual Ellen show where she had a guest on named Steve Spangler. In all honesty, the kids did not come to mind at first. The first thing I thought when I saw his science experiments (being the science nerd I am) was WOW! THAT WAS COOL! I was totally engaged! Then I quickly turned my brain back to my students (being the teacher nerd I am) and thought, how can I do this in my classroom? Ellen closed the segment by saying that Steve makes science kits for kids to do at home! I needed this for my little scientists in my classroom!!
I asked my principal if we could get a kit for our class and he said yes! The students were SO excited! I cant wait to get the kits into our room & get my students asking questions, working together and really getting into their learning by experimenting!
Check out these videos that got my students so ENGAGED & EXCITED about Science!!!
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