After speaking with Miss. Brabham, it came to my attention that the year 4 students will be doing a bit of independent research this term and next during their inquiry time. We thought it would be a good idea to give the students a chance to hone their research skills in the library where they have lots of resources at their finger tips.
We have noticed that the Year 4 class has a real interest in all things science related – this makes the science nerd in me exceedingly happy! We are going to be harnessing this interest and getting the children to do research on scientific discoveries that have made or are being made now.
The focus will be on HOW research is done. Finding reliable resources, asking the right questions, taking notes, using your own words and presenting the information you have found. The children will be given a rubric that outlines exactly what is expected from thorough research and will be used to effectively assess the final product.
We have had an initial discussion about some cool (and sometimes accidental) scientific discoveries that have been made – here are just a few we talked about:
The discovery of penicillin, the creation of superglue, the creation of the glue on the back of sticky notes, the lightbulb, the telephone, the discovery of DNA.
If this is what they can come up with as soon as they are introduced to the topic, I am excited to see what they can come up with over the course of the next few weeks!