Kym Lawrence found a way to get her students engaged in a hands-on activity during a lesson on magnetism and electricity.
Lawrence is a third-grade teacher at Mount Holly Elementary and is sharing her knowledge on kits for Snap Circuits.
She said after briefly introducing kits and talking about expectations and managing the kits, the teacher becomes a true facilitator of student learning.
These kits come with step-by-step instruction manuals with illustrations that student groups can easily follow to create 100 different circuits.
“Students can construct working models of a photo sensor, a flashing light, an adjustable-volume siren and much more,” she said.
A few things that help implement the activity:
Several electric Snap kits
Snap Kits lesson plans
NOTES: Lawrence has used the kits at the end of the electricity and magnetism unit so she incorporated electricity vocabulary for her students.
“Students were all engaged and enthusiastic about the kits,” Lawrence said. “They couldn't wait to get to science each day, and they developed a much deeper understanding of unit concepts.
* This article/post is one of several BCSD publishes in our Imagination Station -- where we share innovative approaches to learning in our classrooms. Some of the activities and lesson plans are unique and originate with our teachers while others are adopted from other educators.