The field trip to the Exploratorium with the 3rd grade has got to be one of the highlights of this school year for me. It was the first time I've been to the new location, and it was truly humbling to step back and reflect on my journey toward becoming a teacher since the days when I used to commute to SF. (I used to work only blocks away from here!) One of my students even drew a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge after I told her about how I used to drive over it every morning to go to work.
The day made me realize how lucky I am to be able to learn alongside my students, experiencing the excitement of discovery with them. We had several hours to explore and play with my small group, and let me say, I was so into it. There are so many things to do! I wish we could have stayed longer. Each exhibit was an opportunity to ask questions and learn something new. I just hope I can make every day like this one when I'm teaching.
A few highlights:
- the rope/bicycle attraction outside (immediate favorite of my active kiddos)
- anything to do with light really (and there were plenty of light attractions!)
- spinning patterns of sand
Several of my students were so excited about the science fair at our school after a bit of an introduction to chemistry. They had learned that combining baking soda and vinegar results in a chemical reaction, so we found an experiment online that involves gummy worms. In the experiment, the kids tried soaking the worms in various amounts of baking soda and water to see how the worms would react to then being put in vinegar.
It turns out that this experiment works best with a 2-part water, 1-part baking soda solution to soak the worms in, and the skinnier the worms are cut, the better. The one on the far right was immediately covered in bubbles and danced up to the surface of the vinegar. It goes to show that an experiment can always be altered slightly to hypothesize about varying results.
As part of their "share project" with regard to their work with STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Wetland), my students made a Weebly website! They were so excited to click and drag pictures, as well as design the pages. I've never seen them get so excited to write something too. I'm hoping to see them continue working on it to share their thoughts about restoring our habitats.
Hi, my name is Alexis Markavage. I'm a student teacher and a Multiple Subject Credential candidate at Dominican University of California. I graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design, but now I'm continuing my education to work in education. I hope to work as an upper elementary school teacher.