i knew all this trouble was worth it

We are still studying rocks in first grade science. Truthfully, we didn't get much science in during that last week before Christmas break (our thoughts were preoccupied with Santa after all) so now we are playing catch up. You might remember that the rocks unit is not my favorite unit to teach.

So it was with a bit of a sigh that I walked into the classroom with a small bucket of sand, 22 vials, and a pitcher of water. We were going to mix sand and water in a vial and observe what happened. Now don't get me wrong: I love to do hands-on activities. But SAND? I had visions of our classroom looking like a beach. And not in the relaxing way.

I started off the lesson by pleading telling them to be careful not to spill their sand and to remember to snap the cap on tightly. I explained the recording sheet and how they were going to record their observations. The kids nodded solemnly and promised to be responsible. Judging by the amount of wiggling and the high pitched murmurs throughout the room, most of them could barely contain their excitement as we went about filling our vials with sand and water.

In fairness to them, we only had one spill and it was mainly contained to a desk. And I totally felt like an awesome teacher when one of my little girls looked up at me with her chubby cheeks and lost-tooth smile and declared:

"Science ROCKS!!!"

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your ARE awesome!! You rock!!

SharleneT said...

Of course, science rocks -- and, so do you! Isn't it fun when they get it? Come visit when you can...

Shell said...

Oh, how cute is that!

jfb57 said...

Well done the first grade & well done you for trusting them. See - when the subject, delivery & activity are interesting they'll do anything!

malia said...

oh that's cute... see you are a great teacher! and a brave one too

Anonymous said...

Rocks, rocks, we all love rocks and rockin' teachers are the best...

Nancy said...

Thank you for stopping by to comment, Sarah. I love the teacher-oriented titles to your links on your blog -- very creative.

It must be challenging as well as rewarding to teach these little ones.

Such a cute story. :)

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