Monday, December 31, 2012
poem || Ben Nardolilli
From the realm of personal experience based on memory and the classroom experience of a direct encounter with snowflakes, we enter the discourse of science, and establish for young children a personal context of meaning related to the world of science. Tell them that behind the unique is another crystal. Explore with students how a science question is distinguished from other kinds of questions.
Whether through the concrete expression of drawing, writing, storyboarding, or acting it out, the act of evoking a snowflake experience, and sharing it with the group prepares students for the next step. They will be able to draw questions out of life experience and the encounters with phenomena either unique or piled up in the world around them. Science will be in their midst, every day, everywhere.