I also include and ask if anyone would like to come in and teach a science or social studies lesson. :-D This year I hit the JACKPOT and had a mother who is an 8th grade science teacher volunteer! She had the day off so she came in for a science day afternoon.
I have to tell you that I have NEVER seen a group of kids as excited as I have in all my years (lol...yup all 7 of those years) of teaching!
She was amazing and the way that she planned and structured the lesson was super engaging. From the very minute that she started teaching, I decided then and there that I needed to incorporate more inquiry science lessons.
Now I always have wanted to teach all science this way but quite frankly... it takes A LOT of time and preparation. With planning reading, math and writing plus small group lessons and differentiated materials... I have NEVER had the time!
There are wonderful resources on TPT and the internet but they usually are not all together. I might find a cute poem here, a book here and an assessment here but none of them ever perfectly fit together.
I decided that I am going to put some of my common core items (well some because I am going to add common core questions and some other skills) on hold and start planning WHOLE scientific inquiry lessons for my class.
Here is a peak at my matter unit:
I hope to finish this up tomorrow. I also will try to get permission from my teacher mom to share her experiment because it was terrific!
Also- some exciting news- I have been waiting to hear back from someone so I can FINALLY have my 100 follower giveaway and they called me today and said that they will have an answer for me this week whether I can give away this AMAZING thing for my 100 follower giveaway in addition to other goodies. (Yup- that was a run on sentence but I'm tired so please forgive it~)
:) I hope to hear back soon so we can start the fun! :)
Have a great night!