Setting: My classroom during science class
Me: What is the difference between a prediction and a hypothesis?
Student: Hypothesis… First you guess then you tess- Get it? Test/tess… hahaha
Other Students: Laugh and clap approvingly
Me: Hahaha. Too funny! Good job!
I got his little joke. I was secretly really mad at him because I never thought of it first. I’d been teaching elementary science for over 10 years, and I’d never thought of that brilliant saying?! Unacceptable!
It should have been me!!
I may have been bitter at my precious 9 year old student for like 30 seconds, but I quickly got over it. Hypothesis… First you guess then you test- It was his thing, but it’s our thing now.
Florida’s Natural Commercial
I’ve already shared how much I love using video clips in the classroom. This commercial is great because there are so many opportunities to bring in great discussions and activities into the classroom. Teachers could use this clip during a plant, organism, or economics unit.
- Ask focus questions: Why was there a bee buzzing around the flower? Why do oranges grow well in Florida? Which basic needs of plants were identified in the video?
- Have students share what they saw in the video. Then, have students develop science related questions based on their background knowledge and what they saw in the video. Questions should not be answered with a yes/no.
- Bring an orange to class. Ask students if oranges have anything to do with economics. Have students think about all resources (natural, capital, and/or human) involved with getting the oranges from the trees to the carton to consumers’ homes (e.g. oil, trucks, farmer, trees, stores, clerks, truck driver, ad executive, carton maker, web designer…). As students share their ideas, have them stand and justify how each resource is a part of economics. You can even connect each student with a piece of yarn as they share so that they can all see that they are connected. Then, they will see that an orange has a lot to do with economics!
What other ways could you use this video in your classroom?
Lagniappe means a little something extra. Sometimes bloggers and websites give you a little more than what you’d expect, and I think that’s just awesome! Below is a roundup of my favorite websites that definitely do not give you too little.
From the comic ‘What we SHOULD have been taught our senior year of high school’
I am a longtime fan of The Oatmeal. The Oatmeal writes about animals, flossing, grammar, science, tech, running, and all sorts of other things.
The mission of Fake Science is to educate as many people as possible without the burden of knowing anything. Fake Science describes itself as a less than factual guide to our amazing world. I love the details in the 50s & 60s style posters which feature completely inaccurate information.
Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members’ minds and expectations. TV Tropes is one of those sites where you innocently look up the trope where every pregnant person on a TV show goes to Lamaze class even though you have never known anyone who actually went to a Lamaze class in real life. Three hours later you find yourself deep in the abyss that is TV Tropes.
Loving Food, Fashion, & Life is just about that. LFFL shares her stories about being a foodie, dating, her love of fashion, spending time with friends, and anything else she feels like blogging about.
I somehow happened upon a blog post about a teacher retiring for the 9th consecutive year then got lost in the blog and all its glory. It is a satire site kind of like The Onion but different. It focuses on a place called Tyrone and all its goings on. It’s ridiculously odd and completely funny.
What are some of your favorite blogs that offer a little something extra?
Check My Other Roundups:
Roundup Teacher Blogs
Roundup People Blogs
Roundup Teacher Blogs Part II