Book: I am Albert Einstien by Brad Meltzer
I started this class off with a simple question...What do you know about Albert Einstien?
Some of the answers I got:
"He was a teacher"
"He was a mathematician"
"He was one of the most famous scientist"
"He was bright"
Well...let's find out! When I began to read this book the children were filled with excitement...I had to ask them to hold their questions until I asked for questions! I was so excited that they were interested in learning about Albert Einstein.
This book is wonderful! So many lessons to be learned and I was presently surprised when my readers "got it"!
What lesson did you learn from this book?
"Never stop being curious"
"Curiosity is key"
"Even if people call you weird and stupid you can still do great things"
"Even if you fail something you can still be good at it"
All I could do was smile! Albert Einstein, the most famous scientist of the 20th century, was called daft ,stupid, weird and was even told by his teacher that he would never amount to anything! Boy did he prove them wrong. He never spoke until he was three and it is a well known fact that he thought in pictures. Albert was a genius and few recognized it until much later in his life.
NOW the fun! Let us do some simple experiments with static electricity.
We used a balloon, our hair, a wool jacket and a tin can. The children rubbed the balloons on the wool jacket and then placed the balloons close together and observed how the balloons repelled each other. Next I rubbed a balloon on my hair and then pulled the balloon away...and there it was the Einstein effect...my hair stood up! THEY LOVED THAT...and tried it on each other multiple times! Now for the best part. We used the same "charged" balloon to move a tin can without touching it! WOW!
When they thought we were done with science we moved on to a quick chemical experiment! The great explosion!
Using baking soda, vinegar, a soft drink bottle and food colouring and glitter just for fun we created a volcano!
When the parents came....well....let's just say the kids were well into making their own experiments with the coloured baking soda! :)
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