Friday, 28 April 2017

Conduction of heat Part 2 by Elena (Quinto)

Elena did the second and third parts of the conduction and convection of heat activity with her classes.  Here is the link for the activity notes and worksheet:
Primary 5 Teaching notes and worksheet

Photos of the second part:
 Photos of the third part:

Fun and colourful experiments and Elena asked the students to bring in the equipment from home.

How does the oesophagus work?

You chew and swallow, but do you know where your food goes next?
Into the amazing oesophagus! In this experiment, learn more about this very important body part, including how it manages to get your food from your mouth to your stomach.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Primary 5 Convection vs Conduction Experiment by Elena

Elena's classes are studying heat in science.    Melting wax and candles are a great way to demonstrate heating and melting because candle wax melts at 60-70oC, i.e. not very hot!

The link for teaching notes and the worksheet is:  Convection vs Conduction Experiment
Here is one of the student's beautifully completed worksheets:

Taller de experimentos - El día 26 de mayo

We're planning to have another formación para profes workshop on Friday the 26th May at 5:30ish in the laboratory.  It is scheduled to last about an hour.

This time, I'm going to bring some experiments for the teachers to do, so expect to do the experiments, measure, calculate, discuss, ask questions and think critically.  We're not going to win any Nobel Prizes with our results; this workshop will be about getting students interested in science and evaluating results critically. 

I can be contacted on jennycumming2008(aroba)  

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Reproduction and Genetic Inheritance Game for Primary 6

This game, available on the National Museums of Scotland website (, covers a range of inherited characteristics such as eye and hair colour, tongue rolling and freckles.  You put in your gender and details, choose a partner and see what your baby (babies) might look like with random genetic selection.

Very cute, very simple, what can go wrong with teenagers choosing partners and making babies!  I think I'm going to write a worksheet to go with this simulator for Primary 6.

Link:  Design-A-Baby Game

Inspiración del Rincón de Experimentos en Infantil 5 Años

La profesora de mi hijo ha introducido un rincón de experimentos en su aula en infantil 5 años.  Estaba encantado y vino a casa exigendo materiales para hacer su propio investigación en casa.  Aquí es lo que hizo:

Measuring the masses of the water every day or two was easy and over a week or two, each child could take a measurement.  For a class investigation each table could choose a different location for their container of water so you will have more lines to plot on the graph.

In our home experiment, D had to put the scales on the graph, including counting in x10 for the mass, then we helped him to plot his results to compare the outside and inside water containers.

This type of activity could be done in class if the teacher helps the students to do a graph as a group.  D needed a help to write out the scales but the basic graph could be prepared by the teacher before the activity.  Get the students to plot one point each onto the big graph.

This experiment requires identical plastic containers and a balance.