Hello everyone, my name is Nancy Alvarez from
www.teachingwithnancy.com.I am an
instructional coach on an early childhood campus.Prior to that, I was a Pre-K and 2nd grade
teacher for 13 years.I have experience
working with a diverse student population, including bilingual, ESL and
students with disabilities.I also have experience
with homeschooling. I love my job
because it allows me to coach teachers and help them become even more
Today, I would like to share one of my favorite winter
lessons with you.I did this lesson with
students to teach them about friction and the scientific method of inquiry.Although in this example I did the lesson
with younger students, it can be easily adapted to suit students from Pre-K
thru 5th grade.
I began the lesson by telling students that we would be
"ice-skating" in the classroom.That always got their attention.After laying some ground rules, we began to experiment and learn about
I gave them different items to use as "ice-skates"
and had them skate around the room in the area I had designated.For "ice-skates"
I used: magazine pages, waxed paper, left-over laminating film and sometimes
thin paper plates.
Laminating film "ice-skates"
Magazine page "ice-skates"
Waxed paper "ice-skates"
We would try out each set of "ice-skates" for just a couple of minutes.I always did it with them because it is so fun!
After trying out each pair of "ice-skates" we created a class graph showing which material they felt made the best "ice-skates".
Our class data graph.
Using the data from the graph, we talked about more, less,
and equal.It also led to conversations
about why they felt one material was better sliding vs. another.If you use science journals in your class,
they can write about the experiment and discuss friction.
Ideas for extending the lesson:
Brainstorm other “ice-skating” materials
Come up with other ways to display the data
What surface would work better than carpet?Why?
Lessons on friction
Write about Ice-skating
Below I have included sheets for you to use to conduct this
experiment using the scientific method.Students
can complete each part of the investigation forms as you guide the class
through this hands-on lesson.Two levels
are included: K-2 and 3-5.
I love this lesson because it allowed me to incorporate
multiple disciplines: science, writing and math.What also made this lesson a success was that
it required my students to all to get up, move and have fun.