In what order would you teach these science topics?

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  1. Miss Kirby

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    I should be sleeping but what order would you teach these topics?

    states of matter
    water cycle
    seasons

    I can't decide between the order above... or

    seasons
    water cycle
    states of matter
     
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  3. Muttling

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    I would teach state of matter first. Ice-water-water vapor is a great starting point. If you have time, do a lab with it.


    Next I would do the water cycle. An item to communicate is that many people spend their entire lives studying the water cycle. Global warming, environmental contamination, and environmental catastrophes are all part of the cycle. You might also look at how astronauts deal with water issues. It costs $80,000 to put 1 gal of water in orbit. If we go to Mars, they will have to recycle the water and literally drink their own pee (after its been well purified.) Stun your kids with this.

    Finally, go to seasons and how water changes with it.


    I'm seeing several days of lesson plans here, but it could be a LOT of fun.
     
  4. Miss Kirby

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    Yeah, that sounds great! Starting small and building up. :) I found last year I kind of skipped around doing fun activities, but I really want each lesson to build on each other and have students do more exploring for themselves. I went to a great workshop that got me motivated. :)
     
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    Re: order

    I agree, definitely do

    states of matter, then water cycle, then seasons.

    I am not a teacher yet but I did major in bio. the water cycle is much easier to understand when the kids understand the difference between states of matter.

    Just an idea if you do have time for a lab, you can collect things that show the different stage of matter.....a rock for a solid, water for a liquid, and for the gas you can Fill a jar 1/2 full with carbonated soda and add a teaspoon of salt, it will start bubbling (gas).

    Have the kids make observations, so that can see the differences.

    Good luck and have fun...i love science!
     
  6. scienceboy

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    I agree with Muttling above :)
     
  7. MustangMarty

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    I agree also. Start from the most basic and build up from there.:)
     
  8. noreenk

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    Agree with above comments.
     

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