Science Experiments

Jonte Lee is a chemistry teacher who transformed his kitchen into a classroom. The information in the series ‘Try this at home: Science experiments for all ages’ is not directly related to literacy. However, once a student can decode and encode, background knowledge is a key factor in comprehension and writing.

Some literary suggestions for using these videos.

  1. Transcribe the key steps in the experiments. Students can then read the instructions and conduct the experiment rather than following it on YouTube.
  2. After students have conducted the experiment, they can write:
  • Their own instructions.
  • Describe in writing what they found interesting, difficult, boring, etc. about doing the experiment. This could be in the form of a structured report, a letter to a grandparent or friend, an email to parents, etc.
  • Explain in their own words the ‘science’ behind the experiment. This could be in the form of a diagram.
  • Design another similar experiment using a different object or ingredients.
  • Brainstorm ideas for using the finished product. Choose one of these ideas and expand.
  1. Read more about the phenomenon described using library and internet resources.
  2. Script and then record their own video of an experiment. It could be the same one as presented by Jonte Lee or their own original experiment.
  3. Use some of the key terminology and explore the morphology. Check out the Subject Specific Vocabulary post for ideas. Use this as a starting point to create some word webs.
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