Today we did another hands-on activity in science that was definitely more successful. More on it below......
We finished up yesterday's experiment by doing the seven-step sequence activity in which the students summarized the activity step-by-step. The catch was that they were limited to seven steps so the importance of prioritizing information was upon them. Of course, they did a great job (no surprises there) on it.
Today's experiment involved erosion and deposition. Classes 1 and 2 used aluminum roasting pans with sand and small gravel. The task: one student will lift the pan while another pours the water. Before that, they drew pictures of before/after. This demonstrated erosion and deposition of sediment.
Since I only have so much sand, I couldn't use that for my 3rd class since all of it was wet. So, for the last class I used a mixture of sugar and salt and it did have a similar effect.
In social studies, we discussed the three branches of government along with its system of checks and balances.
Tomorrow, we will finish up the hands-on by demonstrating weathering (chemical) with water in a syringe and sugar cubes.