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!
Posted: August 2, 2021
Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective created by Scottish author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He uses forensic science as one of his methods for investigating crimes. In real life, some scientists work every day analyzing and solving crimes. In the book, Who Stole Herman Tweed? Mrs. Wigglebum’s students learn not to jump to conclusions without thoroughly analyzing all the evidence.
Summertime offers all sorts of opportunities for fun science. This month we explore our amazing organ, skin! Of course in the summer it’s also important to protect it from harmful ultraviolet rays with a good sunscreen.
In the book, A Bad Case of the Spots, Freddie learns that too much sun can be damaging to your skin.
Did you know jelly beans can help us learn about the scientific concept of adaptation? Please don’t eat the experiment!
The field of forensic science is immensely popular, driven in part by television shows and sensational media. Luckily for those interested, it’s predicted that there will be an explosion in job opportunities in this field!