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Science & Nature

Drop Thought Kids - What Does the World Really Look Like?

If all living things can see differently, I wonder...what does the world really look like? Students will explore the eyes of different animals, build and test out how they would affect seeing and consider how we make sense of information.
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Students will gain an understanding of how the eyes work and how different animals have different cones and rodes that allow us to see differently . They will learn about a variety of living creatures and how they use their senses to make sense of the world. They will try to test out finding objects and identifying them through touch and heat. They will explore how our experiences and opinions may show us different things and consider how we may, or may not, see the world differently. 
I have taught Science to 6- 11-year-olds for over 20 years and been trained by Evidence Based Enquiry in the Science of Learning.  I have co-ordinated science and assisted others with the teaching of this curriculum area. Drop Thought Kids was run as extra-curricular activities for many years and students were responsible in suggesting their "I wonder..." question. I have a BSc in Science, Post-gradutate degree in teaching and an MA in Comparative Education.
Week 1 (10, 11 or 12 November): Changing colour. Is it the same or different for everyone?: Paints or a variety of colours, paper, plastic wrap, markers, flashlight. Week 2 (17, 18 or 19 November): Explore the different shapes of pupils by building different eyes: Paper, scissors, pencil. Week 3 (24, 25 or 26th November): Does the amount of lenses and position of the eye make a difference to what we see?: straws or paper, tape, ruler. Week 4 (1,2,3 December): Building a periscope to explore how being able to look in different directions affects sight: long box like a milk carton or thick card, tape, scissors, mirrors if possible - we will be making a periscope. Week 5 (8, 9 or 10 December): Opticle illusion - how might our brain trick us so we "see" different things?: paper, tape, wood lolli sticks or toothpicks, glue NO CLASS ON 14, 15TH OR 16TH DECEMBER Week 6 (21, 22 or 23 December): Could we use heat to locate objects? Identify things through touch? Variety of objects (perferably picked by some eles, tissues, plastic bag or balloons.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.


Kim Gillingham. MA Education
Lives in Canada
Creator of Drop Thought Kids/Science teacher
4 completed classes

About Me

Hello! Nice to meet you! My name is Kim Gillingham and I have over 20 years experience teaching Junior school Science and STEAM in top independent schools in England and  Shanghai. I have also worked on discovery magazines for kids in Canada as a... 
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