Thursday, July 23, 2015

Five For Friday: Building Inquiry into the First Weeks of School

Summer. It's so lovely. But now that my August calendar is filling up, it's hard to realize July is almost over! The summer has been a good mixture of keeping busy and relaxing at home! 
This week I thought I would take a different approach than my normal Five for Friday! We are going with a theme! ;) 

This week we did a lot of fun science experiments at home this week and I was thinking about how they would be great experiments to introduce the idea of inquiry and the scientific process at the beginning of the school year. Kids need the opportunity to learn to ask questions and we need to give them some fun opportunities to build their questioning skills while also giving them opportunities to work together.

Lots of these are "what do you think will happen?" experiments, with great chances to build observation skills in the middle, but offer lots of room for "what ifs" after the experiment is over. The best inquiry experiments are ones that lead to more questions when it is over! ;) 

So. Here are FIVE fun experiments to try with your kids at school!

baking soda + food coloring + vinegar
This has been one of Alex's favorite experiments for a long time! I did it at school once two and the kids thought it was so amazing! :)

glass cups + water

We all know this one. ;) but we had a fun conversation about why there were different sounds. He had a little trouble figuring out how to do it, but overall it was fun to try!

bottle + yeast + water + balloon

This was really cool! Check out the link for the measurements. We didn't think it would work, and Will did double the measurements because we were using a bigger bottle.

hydrogen peroxide + dish soap + yeast + water + food coloring + bottle

Alex's reaction is so funny! :) He did play with the foam a bit after it was over. He noticed how warm the reaction was as well. Follow the link for more info!

string + straw + balloon + lots of tape

The possibilities with this are ENDLESS! It would have been a fun to have races too. 

I thought these would be some fun ideas for the first weeks of school! It would also help your kiddos be really excited about school. 

See what other teachers are up to this week at Kacey's Five for Friday!


  1. Thank you for sharing! I love the videos. So much fun!

    1. Thanks! Alex is a great guinea pig for things I want to try at school! And my husband is taking a Science Methods class right now, so he is providing most of the ideas! ;)

  2. Thanks for sharing the videos, I too love doing Science experiments in class! I won't be teaching Science this year, so I've got to find a way to incorporate more Reading / Writing into them, so I can include them in my ELA block.

    1. Thanks! I realized that I had not taken any pictures, just video, but for experiments, it's kind of fun to see it in action. ;)

  3. What awesome ideas! You are lucky to have your husband leading the way with science experiments. I can't wait to read more of your blog!


  4. Thanks for sharing your science experiments. They would be great for setting the tone of inquiry and exploration in your classroom!

    My Bright Blue House

  5. Love all of your experiments! So fun!!! Thanks for sharing! -Kristen
    Moore to Learn


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