Tonight I participated in #4thchat, which included 4th grade teachers from all over the country, and even Canada.
Tonight’s chat was combined with #elemsci so the main topic of discussion was how to incorporate science in 4th grade and to make it more interesting.
Q1: How do you incorporate seasonal science?
Q2: What projects do you like to include in the fall?
Q3: How do you encourage inquiry in your lessons?
Q4: Share some of your favorite Fall Science Resources
I found this twitter chat extremely interesting, especially because I am a middle level education major. Even though I am taking a language arts class and mathematics/science class, I learned more information to make science more interesting through this twitter chat than I did in my education class. Many teachers were sharing various websites that they use for resources, which I checked out and look forward to sharing as a teacher.
Teachers mentioned that they like to take their students on nature walks to nearby parks and use their iPads to take pictures to reflect on in class at a later time. Also, another teacher integrated mathematics with pumpkins in the fall last year to estimate the amount of seeds that are contained in one pumpkin, and I have already thought of more activities to use with pumpkins in science class!
This twitter chat was very fast paced, something I enjoyed being a part of because it forced me to stay focused. The chat included many topics about science that are very important to know as a future middle school teacher. The only problem that I came across was the confusion that everyone was having at one point, because someone answered A3 instead of A2, which resulted in people posting “where is Q3, did I miss it?” etc. I found it extremely annoying, but the problem was easily solved, very quickly.
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