Never underestimate the power of a guest speaker. The Grade 3's we're doing a science unit on Forces and Motion.
There is so much that can be done with this unit- it is A LOT of fun.
We had just learned about friction, push, pulls, and the different effects of a force (start, stop, slow down, speed up, change direction and change shape). My Associated Teacher and I wanted them to think about forces and motion in a different way. We thought about it for a while, until we finally came up with the idea of getting them to talk to a race car driver!
Luckily, I knew someone who races as a hobby.
A few days before, as a class, we came up with a bunch of questions to ask him. We started off with questions like...
- What made you start racing?
- How old were you when you started?
Then we started to come up with questions like...
- What surface is easier to drive on?
- Is there a lot of friction on the track?
The other Grade 3 class joined us on that lovely morning, and we had a lot of fun. Each student had their question on a piece of paper, and we went around the classroom asking Mr. C our questions about forces, motion and racing! The students were very attentive, patient and respectful- and they really enjoyed having a guest in the classroom.
If you ever get the chance to invite a guest speaker, I strongly suggest that you do it. It's an awesome experience for everyone, a nice break in the routine, and feels like a field trip in your own classroom.