Tomorrow, we have our final after school tutoring session before Science STAAR. I’ve met my 8 students 8 times so far this semester and it’s time to wrap it up.
The kids have done a good job mastering the concepts the day of tutoring, but have trouble remembering the concepts over time. The long-term recall of concepts is the main issue I’m seeing, so I want to give them experiences they will remember next week. (Next week!?!? Already?!?!)
My final effort to help them remember the different concepts we have worked on it to use candy. I went to the candy aisle at HEB and the candy bins at Central Market and looked around to see what I could possibly connect to science.
Here are the 6 candies and the concepts we will review with each.
1. Sugary blue and red strips (I have no clue what they are called.)
We are going to review how sedimentary rock is formed using Whole Brain techniques and review the lab we did a few weeks ago. We will also review the vocabulary: cementation and compaction. Then, we will lay out the trips and use compaction and a little cementation with water. Finally, we label.
2. Orbit Gum
I wish it was called “Revolution Gum”, but we’ll go with it. We will use our kinesthetic, visual, and model review of revolution and rotation. On the paper, we will “orbit” the gum.
3. Cherry Gummy
There isn’t a peat shaped gummy, so this will have to do…it is a plant at least and it’s an excellent opportunity to discuss limitations. We will do our Whole Brain review of fossil fuel formation, then PRESS the gummy into the paper and heat it with our hands.
4. Rock Candy
In our second week, we determined the physical properties of rock candy. We are doing to review the physical properties of it and how we tested for each.
5. Gummy Worms
We are going to act like decomposers, breaking down dead plants and animals and returning nutrients to the soil. Then, we will do the same with our gummy worms. I have no shame.
6. Sour Patch Kids
This is our opportunity to review learned behaviors and inherited traits. These kids are still struggling with the difference. We will identify the traits and behaviors of ourselves and other animals and plants.
Wish us luck!
P.S. I’m going to tell the kids to explain the page to a family member before they eat the candy. I may give them a little to hold them over in tutoring. 🙂