Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Molecules will forever make me happy

I LOVE having great ideas. Partly because I dont feel like I have had many so far this year. I hated science and now it's one of the main subjects in my grade for SOLs. Yesterday, I was trying to have my kids understand how the molecules in solids, liquids and gases affect how sound travels through them. They were not getting it, I inferred this from their glazed over expressions.

THEN GENIUS STIKES! "Everyone STAND up and huddle together!"

Then I bumped them and they all shifted. I asked if they all felt it they agreed because they were packed so close together(like SOLID MOLECULES). "Ok, take 1 step back/sideways" I did my bump again. This time only some kids felt it, when I asked why they said "because we weren't as close"(like LIQUID MOLECULES). Finally I told them to take 2 steps away, and I bumped a student, but only they felt it. I then asked, if it would take a long time and a lot more force for all of them to feel that bump? "Yes because we are so far apart" (like GAS MOLECULES!)

HOORAY! wait it gets BETTER, I know hold on to your seats...

Then they had to explain how a kid who had his ear to a train track could warn his friends not to go if they couldn't see or feel it. THEN my lil "J" who struggles raises his hand and says, I KID YOU NOT, "He had his ear on the train track and that is a solid and sound travels faster through solids"... I ALMOST CRIED/FELL DOWN, instead in a SUPER EXCITED tone I said "YES! PERFECT!" It was a GREAT moment

Kids are SOOO FUNNY!

Okay, so my class is starting to brainstorm and plan to write their own memoir this week. Today after they had been making their plans, one of my favorite girls was all excited to show me how much she got done.

She is going to write about a cruise she went on with her mom. She points to "pina colada" and next to it it says (version). She said "Don't worry it was a 'version' one". I could NOT put it together for a second then I realized she meant "VIRGIN" pina colada. HAHAHA I giggled at first to her and she said "what? that's what my mom called it". SHE IS SO CUTE and no I did not tell her what the real word is. I want her to write it in her memoir so she can laught about it when she rereads it when she is over 21. =)