How We Could Help Children Appreciate Science
Thus, whether we like it or not, basic education needs to impart knowledge to students. One needs to know that unlike charges attract, like charges repel, a proton is positive, an electron is negative, and a neutron is neutral before one can appreciate the atomic structure of matter. It is challenging to teach students how to think, but it is likewise no picnic informing students. Teaching science involves transfer of a great deal of knowledge. A lot of scientific facts are actually interesting but there is no doubt that digesting some of these may appear as rote learning. One needs therefore to devise ways to make it more interesting especially to children.
Recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer at an elementary school. I was given seven pupils in fifth grade and my task was to help them review what they had learned so far in science. The teachers actually provided me with a plan, my job was simply to supervise and assist the students as they create a science-themed board game that included at least 30 questions on science content they learned in fourth grade. These units were about ecosystems, electricity and magnetism, force and motion, and the solar system.
I met with the students every Friday afternoon for forty five minutes for six weeks. The children were often busy putting their creative and artistic minds and hands at work.
They of course composed science questions that would accompany the board games they were creating. The following are examples for weather: