Fourth graders at Harry
Hoag Elementary experience chemistry during first day of school
first day of school for the fourth grade students in Jade Van
Gorder and Amy Bartholomew’s class at Harry Hoag Elementary was
anything but dull. In fact, it started off with a little eruption.
The teachers wanted to introduce their
students to some basic scientific principles by dropping Menthos
mints into a bottle of soda and analyzing the results. At the
beginning of the lesson, Mrs. Bartholomew asked the students to
predict what would happen and then write down what they observed.
She then led them outside for the experiment.
So, what happened? Students witnessed a small
explosion of a small fountain of foam each time. During the last
test, the foam jumped about eight feet high.
“That was great. I really liked how it
erupted,” said Tyrell Martin. “It made the lesson fun.”
The lesson is an example of co-teaching in the
district, where Mrs. Van Gorder and Mrs. Bartholomew share teaching
responsibilities. Mrs. Bartholomew said she wanted to find some fun
ways for the students to get excited about science.
“Today, they learned about the scientific
method and scientific inquiry. I think we’re going to do a different
experiment each month,” she said. “During these lessons, the
students ask questions so they can form a hypothesis.”
Mrs. Bartholomew said the lesson also ties
into the Common Core Learning Standards because they are conducting
research and reading to find information.
“When we do a project like this, they read to
find out why the result happened and that makes it fun,” she added.