A Little Science Investigation

In my classroom, we have set up a Science center where we leave magnifying glasses, objects for the children to look at, and a few books for them to read. Clipboards and writing utensils are left at the table as well so that observations can be drawn and recorded.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Recording at the Science center. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Once the children have completed their observations, I speak with them and ask them what they have recorded. I write down what they say as they are explaining their thoughts to me. The sheet of paper is then placed in their portfolio to be referred to when I write their report card – and also for the parents to see that they are learning and exploring in their kindergarten class.

Do you enjoy looking at things as a scientist?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post is linked to Paula’s Black & White Sunday)

56 thoughts on “A Little Science Investigation

  1. Always remember I loved the Nature Table at Primary school Colline Surprising how competitive we all were to have our conker /shell/acorn on display 🙂
    There must be some smile making words and descriptions you record from listening to your little pupils !


  2. Teaching is a means to look at things you already know through different eyes (I believe). There is a lot of reward in that process unless it gets frustrating and when the subjects are totally unresponsive 😀 I would have loved to be a kid in that classroom to look at pine-cones (which always fascinated me) through a magnifying glass while being taught French at the same time :D. Thank you for sharing this with us, Colline. I really appreciate it. (I have neglected seeing a lot of blogs I find dear due to my problems, but I will not forgive you or your blog). x


    1. I can understand why you have not visited often lately Paula. You have, however, continued hosting your interesting challenges – and those are always a pleasure.
      I will take pictures of our current science table this week and share them with you next week. I think the content will make for interesting black and white photos 🙂


    1. I am wondering whether you would have visited a Science Table as a child. I have noticed that even boys who are solely interested in construction, take the time to visit the table when new things are available to look at.


      1. I don’t know. I do recall never being able to see anything through a microscope and that the things i dissected all had some weird tumor and never looked like the pictures.


        1. I guess Science is a little different in kindergarten. What we wish for is that their natural curiosity encourages them to think about the things that they see around them. And to investigate those things that they do not.


  3. @”Do you enjoy looking at things as a scientist?” – yes, I do as I’m lucky to have my beloved rocket & satellite scientist explain any “stuff” to me, a literary dilettante gal… 🙂


  4. Don’t be surprised to find an orple sitting in class soon, Colline. Olivia loves to learn. And you know Oscar will tag along for the adventures, too. They said to tell everyone ‘hello’. 😉

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            1. That is so true. It is a part of the kindergarten curriculum here but I have practised it when teaching other grades too. If one gives the child the opportunity, they are able to be responsible for their own learning activities and behaviour.


  5. A magnifying glass is the portal to a whole new world.
    I started with one then moved on into the world of microscopes.
    That small magnifying glass led me into many interesting Medical fields throughout my life.
    Who knows whats in the minds of the little ones, maybe a cure for Cancer.


  6. That is truly an amazing way to teach them Colline! They are so lucky to have you hon. 😀
    Stunning shot of this ‘investigation’. 😀 ♥


  7. “Do you enjoy looking at things as a scientist?”

    I’m convinced there is no other way kids look at things. Seems it takes years of reprogramming to get them to look at things otherwise.


    1. I love their curiosity Alex and it saddens me when I see it disappear. It is with that curiosity and way of looking at things that they enjoy their learning and discovery of new things.


  8. I always loved to learn, but also to get the answers, the reason why things are the way they are. Getting them to explain their thoughts is wonderful too, it teaches them to share their thoughts with meaning. Delightful read!


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