So, it’s maybe not all we had hoped for—this new school year. But in spite of masks and all the appropriate and necessary precautions, we’re back! We’re back to classroom learning and live interactions. There’s a whole new appreciation for hands-on learning and a sense of urgency to re-engage our students and ourselves. And there’s certainly an understanding of the importance of science.
As educators, it may seem a little overwhelming. How to we catch up, make up, and navigate through this uncertain new semester?
We don’t have all the answers that’s for sure, but we can help you make your science lessons fun, educational, and simplified. Just read the Fuddlebrook story as a shared reading activity, pull the ingredients out of your Fuddlebrook science kit (already gathered, and measured for you). Then follow up with activities suggested in your Fuddlebrook teacher guide and assess through your student journals.
We suggest beginning the semester with Who Stole Herman Tweed, a story about forensic science/what is a scientist/science process skills. Students will enjoy solving the mystery right along with Freddie, Liza, and Bert. Then they can reinforce and have fun identifying the Fuddlebrook Mystery Powder. Of course, you can gather and buy the science activity ingredients, but if you have the budget for the experiment kit it’s super convenient to have the materials at your fingertips!
Want to extend the learning? Refer to your teacher guide for other ideas. How about writing and illustrating an alternative ending to the story? Do more research on forensic science. Learn about Sherlock Holmes. Try Mrs. Wigglebum’s Chromotography Experiment.
Need to socially distance? Project the story on your whiteboard or wall by using the digital library version of the Fuddlebrook books. Or offer each student their own mini student experiment kit with supplies for ten of the most child friendly hands-on activities.
Nobody said it still won’t be challenging. But Lisa, Bert, Freddie, (and Herman Tweed of course) will make science a bright spot in your day!