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Raisin Activity

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By Susan Duell

The following day - after our cluster workshop, I was full of enthusiasm and gave the raisin experiment a go. I was happy with the intro questioning and the answers I received, e.g. What do you think Science is? What do scientists do? I was given - 'they observe', 'make guesses', 'do things over and over again.' Moving on to the raisin activity - my students were engaged and observing and I tried to focus on each aspect such as - what do you notice at the bottom? etc... I asked for 'noticings' rather than explanations for the first part of the lesson. When it was time to critiquing evidence this is when it became a little more difficult for the students to come up with  a group decision on what was happening...interesting.