Science 8 – Students followed a WebQuest to learn about Quarks and Leptons. The class was really engaged, even though they had to share one computer for every three kids. When we reviewed the activity and I randomly called on students, they were all able to give an answer and seem comfortable with what they were saying.
Here is a link to the document I gave them to follow: fundamental particles
Science 8 – I took my classes to TRIUMF at UBC today. It was a good day for a few reasons. First, it was nice just to get outside of the classroom. Second, for many students this was their first time taking public transportation by themselves and a good way to start that process. Thirdly, the facility is just plain interesting.
After our tour I polled the kids to see how they liked it. The feedback was pretty polar. Most kids really liked it and found it interesting. A reasonable amount did not like it all that much. I think this polarization can be explained by the students’ existing knowledge. For those that had a hard time with the vocabulary being used in the tour, the tour was not very interesting. Often times we adults don’t give enough thought into what vocabulary kids know, when giving talks or presentations.