- clear plastic container of water glue
- flour (in a plastic bowl or small airtight bag)
- yarn or string
- block of wood
- plastic plate
- dried beans chart
- paper and marker
- writing paper, pencils, and crayons
- two disposable cameras
Objective: Children will engage in investigations to develop science concepts and language and observational skills.
- Place the container of water, glue, flour, sponge, paperclip, paper, yarn, wood, pencil, plastic plate, and dried beans in the center of the meeting area. Ask the children to name each of the items presented.
- Now ask the children if they could change the objects to make them different. Which objects need another material to make them change? Are there materials that cannot change? Record the children's comments on chart paper.
- Divide the children into two groups led by a teacher. Ask each group to choose a few different materials to investigate. Invite them to experiment to see how many ways each object can change. Children can record their observations through dictations, drawings, and language experience charts. Cameras can be used to photograph materials as they go through different stages of change. Remember: The investigations should be planned over several days.
- After the groups have had adequate time to conduct their investigations, plan time for each group to present their findings.
- Encourage the class to work together to create a wall display to document their investigations. Include photographs, drawings, language experience charts, and examples of actual materials.
Curriculum Connection: ART
Salt Dough Sculptures. Prepare the following salt dough recipe with children, noting how materials smell, feel, and change: 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 tablespoon cooking oil, 1 cup water, mixing bowl, and wooden spoons. Invite children to create sculptures using the clay. Sculptures can air dry and then be painted with tempera paint.
Changes,Changes by Pat Hutchins
Sight (The Five Senses) by Jose Maria Parramon
When Clay Sings by Byrd Baylor