Exploring Physical Science Concepts With Elementary TeachersBy Diana Wehrell-Grabowski on April 18, 2010 in Teacher Training Workshops
It’s nice to have the luxury of conducting teacher training workshops with a small group of teachers. From my observations I’ve noticed that with a small group size, teachers are more likely to ask questions that they may be reluctant to in a larger group setting. As the facilitator of the teacher training workshop I’m able to identify any misconceptions and content weaknesses individual teacher participants may have. Thus, I can clarify misconceptions, and modify the training explorations accordingly. The following photos are from a six hour workshop I conducted with a group of third grade elementary teachers. Physical science content was taught by having the teachers conduct inquiry-based hands-on science investigations to explore a wide array of physical science concepts. The teachers left the workshop with an increased understanding of physical science concepts, and the necessary skills and materials to implement the investigations within their own classrooms, and that’s what it’s all about! Teachers conducted the following investigations within the day-long workshop.
- Built and tested simple solar collectors
- Conducted experiments with UV beads
- Made a simple sun-dial
- Conducted investigations to explore how color affects heating by absorption of light.
- Explored reflection and refraction of light waves
- Built a spectroscope out of a mailer tube and diffraction grating material to view the visible spectrum and
- Built a thermometer to indicate temperature change.