Labs at Elementary Level Help Bring Science Alive
How do you judge the power of a simple science experiment? Step inside a 4th grade classroom—and behold the near-total silence.
One recent day, elementary teacher Jamie Curbow achieved just that, as she organized her students into teams for a competition to see who could build the strongest possible miniature bridge, using plastic straws, tape, and scissors to span the distance between lab tables.
Ms. Curbow moved from bridge to bridge, testing the strength of each one in turn. She tied a tin can to a string and hung it from each bridge’s center. Then, she began slowly loading the...
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