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Practical Science Everyday - Joy Kitt

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This workshop, 'Practical Science Everyday", presented at the Science PLD hui in November 2012 outlines, briefly, my philosophy regarding science tables and the importance of hands-on activities in strengthening and enabling students to better understand scientific principles and engage in learning through the Nature of Science strand of the NZ Curriculum.


Here are many of the instruction cards for my workshop.

Ghost Fish instructions Ghost Fish Instructions    Ghost fish and bowl.pdf Ghost fish and Bowl colouring page

Science Scavenger Hunt.pdfScience scavenger hunt     eye tricks.pdf Eye tricks                          dead finger.pdf Dead finger

Mystery tubes.pdfMystery Tubes                  Sorting and Classification.pdf Sorting and classification activity

mini meteorites 1.pdfMIni Meteorites pg 1         mini meteorites 2.pdf Mini Meteorites pg 2          bi focal eyes.pdf Bi-focal eyes

what can you touch?.pdfWhat can you touch?

Online science - Another source of science ideas is the Joy of Science blog here on the VLN. Its purpose is to offer inspiration for discussion which could lead to further investigation. However to get started you need only log onto the site - all the start up materials are linked online so each discussion is easy to set up!

A reading -  "Library of Experience" discusses the value for children of having a wide variety of experiences - not news to teachers trying to inspire writing! However here they are discussed in terms of enabling the children to understand more science.

lib of exp rdg 1.pdf Library of experience pg 1 Lib of exp 2.pdf Library of experience pg 2

Science Bags - think about using science as a reward!  Make up a small collection of activities with instruction cards, any unusual ingredients or materials  and a notebook.  Put them in a bag (one of those canvas reading bags are good) and 'reward' a child each week with being able to take the science bag home to do the activities at home.  In the notebook they can write about how things went, what their parents thought, and their own ideas for what could go in the bag ...or they could write on the class blog adding photos of them doing science at home!


  • Tracey Towner

    Hi Joy,

    Thanks so much for the informative ideas!  I've been using the science bags idea in my class to great affect.  I have a "character" box where students can nominate other students who they see displaying different attributes of the character wheel.  The student with the most nominations by their peers is awarded the science bag.  Its hugely popular in my room.  Your Practical science everyday document is not able to opened??  I look forward to being able to read it :0)

    Tracey Towner

  • Joy Kitt

    Hi Tracey

    i am so glad you have founjd this useful. Try using the tag on the left of this screen for " practical science everyday" workshop slides. Then when you get there the pdf seems to work from there!  Aren't computers great. Have you used the joy of science blog i have in "Science: an elearning approach?