Reply To: Module 1 – The Curious Minds/ESERO Framework

Donna Mcevoy

    Doing this module reminded me of alot of inquiry science which I learned about in my teaching practice and taught while aboard. I love the idea of contextualising the problem and giving a hook into a lesson.

    Strand is materials/materials and characteristics: Infants objective: describe and compare materials, noting the differences in the colour, shape and texture

    Hook: Which is the odd one out (have the 3 little pigs houses). As long as children can justify, explain and reason they are correct.

    Scenario: Which material will be the best to keep the wind out of the 3 little pigs house.

    Prediction: Children to discuss their predictions and teacher to ask insightful open ended questions.

    Materials: matchsticks, straws (plastic/paper if possible), marshmallows, elastic bands, cardboard, lollipop sticks, bluetac, lego, squeezy bottle or fan for wind

    Activity: Children chose from different materials….to make a house for the 3 little pigs. They can move around 5 tables to create.

    Children to then see which is the strongest. Teacher to bring a fan in. *disucss height/size too

    Results: Which houses were the strongest. Discuss the material but also the height and size of it.

    Further adaptions: Build the strongest tower.

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