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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

Extending Classroom Lessons and Involving Parents Through Take-Home Science Activities

This session highlights a meaningful, real-world instructional strategy designed by the teacher for students and their families, which extends off the classroom taught lesson using household materials. These take-home science extension activities are known as Science in a Bag. Students are encouraged to explore and research concepts they learned in the classroom at home while also being provided an opportunity to strengthen their learning by reversing their role from classroom student to family teacher. Sample Science in a Bag concepts include: animal cell parts and functions, adaptations, environment safety, properties of solid mixtures, and microscopes. Presenters will share their personal experiences when implementing these selected Science in a Bag activities in their field experience classrooms (grades 3-6) as well as provide feedback from students, parents/guardians, and cooperating teachers regarding their thoughts on the lesson's extension through an interactive presentation format.

Presenters: Sarah Butlin (Undergraduate Student)
Regina Catalino (Undergraduate Student)
Jessica Schweitzer (Undergraduate Student)
Amanda Tabor (Undergraduate Student)
Krista Urbanczyk (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Education and Human Development
Location: 221 Hartwell
Time: 3:45 pm (Session V)