Monday, June 11, 2012

Learning to Be a Scientist: Week 2, Day 1

Continuing Learning to Be a Scientist: the second concept is "Scientists sort items and name categories." There was an introductory activity that was not set aside as a separate activity. The first separate activity is "Natural or Manmade?" We did both.

The introductory activity involved 5 pages with pictures of two animals per page. Per the instructions I cut the animal cards apart and showed the kids the first two: a bear cub and a duck. Then I gave them the other cards one at a time and had them put it with either the duck or the bear. Once the kids separated the picture cards into two groups they "named" the categories which were "Birds" and "Mammals."

The activity "Natural or Manmade?" had the kids sorting random objects into the proper category. I did not plan ahead well enough, and I did not have all of the objects on the accompanying worksheet. But I was able to demonstrate the differences enough with the objects that I used (onion, dried beans, a rock, a leaf, a flower, crayons, pencil, marker, scissors, etc.) 

The accompanying worksheet had the kids color in eight pictures and then cut them out and paste them under the correct label. Early Bird didn't color his exactly, but he did circle the natural items with green and then when prompted circled the manmade items in blue! George and Builder Boy were very good coloring, cutting, and pasting.

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