This past week, the Science focus in my remote Kindergarten class was on liquids and solids. Under normal circumstances, with students in person, I’d have gathered up lots of samples of each and had my scientists explore their properties together. But this year is different, and so I need to teach differently.
After talking about their properties, watching a video or two, and reading related books on EPIC! together, we started brainstorming liquids we might find in our homes. After hearing the expected dish soap, water, milk, oil, and soda called out, one little boy raised his hand and waited patiently. When called upon he said, “What about wine? Wine’s a liquid, right?” Why yes, indeed it is. So then another student unmuted and called out, “But what about beer? That would be one, too!” Why yes, indeed beer is a liquid as well. This conversation, in front of many hovering parents at home, might I remind you, was getting interesting.
One of their follow up assignments on Seesaw, our learning management system, was to go on liquids and solids hunts in their homes and post a few photos on our weekly Learning Board. Sure enough, this landed in my Seesaw inbox.
Olive oil? Check! Milk? Check! Wine? Check!
Thanks for wondering and wandering a bit with me today. And many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here every Tuesday throughout the year and daily during the month of March.