Second graders have begun their informational writing unit and the focus is writing lab reports as scientists! This unit is quickly becoming the students’ favorite so far as they learn how to ask a question, design an experiment with multiple trials, and then make sense of their results. Our first experiment? Testing a car down a car ramp: will it go further on carpet or tile? Students discovered that the car goes further on tile due to the smoothness of the surface.
From this initial test, students are now changing one aspect of the experiment and recreating it on their own. The creativity and excitement in students as they design their own experiment is so amazing to watch! They are extremely resourceful and are figuring out how basic classroom items like a garbage can turned on its side or stacked dictionaries can open up a world of science inquiry!