More Than Meets the Eyeby: Tom John Brown, Susie Throop, and Ladep Timku

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On a partly sunny afternoon, a fourth-grade class at the Marietta Center for Advanced Academics in Marietta, Georgia, was gearing up to explore key concepts regarding the nature of light. Armed with translucent beads and white pipe cleaners, the classroom teacher asked each student to count eight beads and then encouraged them to closely observe the beads and “look at them like a scientist.” In this article, the authors’ share what happened next as students determined what was special about these beads and explored light through a guided inquiry.

Grades
  • Elementary
Publication Date
12/1/2009

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  • on Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:55 AM

This article describes a unique and engaging guided inquiry exploration using UV sensitive beads. The activity is a great way to stimulate students’ interest, curiosity and creativity. The progression of events described in the article is an excellent example for teachers of how to engage children in the inquiry process and connect their findings to science content, shifting back and forth from predicting to explaining to testing to applying. This lesson contributes to the children’s understanding of science and science concepts.

Kathy Sparrow  (Delray Beach, FL)
Kathy Sparrow (Delray Beach, FL)


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