We begin by learning the Scientific Method Song:
(to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
Ask a scientific question,
Form a hypothesis,
Plan an experiment,
Try it again,
Draw up a conclusion.
We go through the song a line at a time and complete the scientific method as we sing.
Scientific question: How do rocks or mountains change?
Gather data: We watch the following videos
Form a Hypothesis: If we put water or wind on our mountain, then it will change shape.
(we have been talking about predictions with our language arts program so we easily tie them together, a prediction is a smart guess using words and pictures from the story, a hypothesis is a smart guess using the data we collected.)
I divide the kiddos into groups and they gather around the sand tables. Once their mountains have been formed I give them straws to blow on their mountains and notice the changes.
Then I pass out water bottles (with pop tops) I purchased refillable ones from the dollar store. The kiddos take turns pouring water on their mountains and noticing the changes.
Try it Again: (we try it again)
Draw up a Conclusion: Wash our hands and talk about the results. What happened? Is our hypothesis true?
the other rotations are:
Rock Reports (discuss the different types of rocks and how their features)
Magic School Bus Rocks (here is a snippet) I do have to admit this rotation at times makes me jealous, I kinda think it would be easy peasy to show a movie 3 times but I love my rotation, I really do!
Overall we have a great day and our kinder kids go home knowing lots about rocks! Hopefully some of these ideas can help you as you teach about rocks!