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Entries in Montessori Science (6)

Monday
Aug152011

Backyard Rock Garden

Thanks to Maria Garcia, UMA student from Fayetteville, NC:

"I want to share these pictures with you. This is a rock garden that I built for the Child Care Center where I work. I'm so proud of it because I actually built it myself. Usually my husband is the 'handyman' of the house, but since he is in Korea, he told me how to do it and I did it myself."

BEFORE:

 

AFTER:

How special to be able to create something with our own hands and be able to share this gift with our children! We envision children enjoying many hands-on hours exploring and manipulating these beautiful rocks found in nature. 

Wednesday
Aug032011

Science-Sensorial Experiment

Go to: www.sciencekids.co.nz… Enjoy a range of fun science experiments for kids that feature awesome hands-on projects and activities that help bring the exciting world of science to life! Example:

 TASTE TESTING WITHOUT SMELL

What you'll need:

  • A small piece of peeled potato
  • A small piece of peeled apple (same shape as the potato so you can't tell the difference)

Instructions:

  1. Close your eyes and mix up the piece of potato and the piece of apple so you don't know which is which.
  2. Hold your nose and eat each piece, can you tell the difference?

What's happening?

Holding your nose while tasting the potato and apple makes it hard to tell the difference between the two. Your nose and mouth are connected through the same airway which means that you taste and smell foods at the same time. Your sense of taste can recognize salty, sweet, bitter and sour but when you combine this with your sense of smell you can recognize many other individual 'tastes'. Take away your smell (and sight) and you limit your brains ability to tell the difference between certain foods.

Thursday
May262011

Science & Nature Songs!

Wendy Duvall, UMA student from Oxford, OH, sends us this amazing and fun link!

"While I was hunting around for physics songs (for a UMA Science Theme Project) I stumbled upon this great series of LPs from the 50's. They have such great songs that match up fantastically with much of the Montessori material. I thought I'd pass it along..." 

(Click here for YouTube video) 

Thanks Wendy! Check out more Nature Songs, sung by Marais & Miranda, on this YouTube site. This is just one part of a 6 LP set called Singing Science. This set came out in the late 50's/early 60's and exposed children to different science topics through fun and catchy little songs. 

Enjoy!!

(Photo courtesy of Daphnea Solomon, UMA graduate and owner/director of Tupelo Children's House - Montessori School)

Tuesday
May172011

Science-Botany Experiment

UMA's Jennifer Bailey (Silverdale, WA) shares an idea for the Science area of the classroom: 

"We are doing a spring botany unit and are discussing the needs of plants. We have an experiment going to see what happens when plants don't get what they need...

1. The first plant is the control getting both sun and water (L=sun, R=raindrop)
2. The next gets sun but no water (L=sun, R=slash-marked raindrop)

There are two plants under the boxes:

3. One gets water (L=slash-marked sun, R=raindrop)
4. The other does not (L=slash-marked sun, R=slash-marked raindrop)

We check them every couple of days and we're talking about the results that we are seeing." 

Great idea...thanks, Jennifer!

Monday
May162011

Take a Good Look - Science

Just a couple of interesting activities to put on your Science Table... (Photos taken at the 2011 Seattle PNMA Montessori Spring Sharing Fair.)

Looking at nature through a magnifying glass!


Classifying "living" and "non-living"


Wednesday
Nov032010

Male, Female, Baby

Here is another idea that we discovered at the last PNMA Teachers Sharing Fair in Seattle. We recommend that you introduce this exercise in stages, depending upon the age level (see below). 

 

Here are some suggestions, in order of simple to complex:

  • Separate each of the animals in groups of three (all the horses, all the elephants...)
  • Sequence each of these groups by lining them up from large to small
  • Introduce the stand-up "male, female, baby" cards and line up each group underneath
  • Introduce a control chart which indicates the proper names of animals in each group
  • Find and place the proper label for the male, female, and baby animal in each group

 Names for animals shown in photo:

  • Cow...bull, cow, calf
  • Horse...stallion, mare, colt(m) or filly(f)
  • Giraffe...bull, doe, calf
  • Elephant...bull, cow, calf