I’ll be honest, I got into teaching for 2 reasons.
- Summer’s off
- I wanted to be Ms. Frizzle
She was/is the coolest teacher on the planet (and in space) and she sparked excitement and curiosity in her students. And her outfits were incredible.
Anyway, like the Frizz science is one of my favorite subjects. Unfortunately, it’s usually the 1st subject to get…half-assed. Experiments, models, difficult content, vocab, it’s HARD and time consuming so when corners can be cut, they usually are. I unfortunately have fallen victim to that too over the years, but this year I am trying my best to channel my inner Frizzle and inspire my students to think and sound like scientists.
One way that I am doing this is through the use of sentence frames. I started off using basic ones like “I notice__________” and “I wonder_________” and I am constantly modeling how to use them appropriately. Then I added more complex frames like “I think _____ will happen because ________.”Whenever my students observe something, right now we are growing and observing ecosystems, I prompt them to use the frames to communicate their observations.
In addition to the sentence frames, I introduce a new vocabulary word or two with each science session. As I say the word, I pick up or point to the vocab word so they get used to hearing and seeing the word together. As they speak, I make sure they are using the vocab words. I challenge them to use as many of the words as they can to talk about what they notice or what they are wondering. They LOVE this – anything that’s made into a game right?- and as a result we have had some AMAZING science discussions and my students are excited to sound like scientists!