This lesson was part of a Unit of Inquiry on materials, their properties and characterstics, for the transdisciplinary theme "How the world works". It was designed along the following inquiry model:
Throughout the experience, children worked on the following lines of inquiry:
...and developed these transdisciplinary skills:
For this activity, children had to form groups and four. Each group was given a spoon made of different
materials: paper, cardboard, metal, plastic, and clay. The groups were also given a glass of water and were asked to take turns in drinking the water using the spoon. With notebooks in hand, children had to record what happened and their observation. They were encouraged to discuss their reactions and share their observation, as well as make different decisions about how to best complete the task with the materials they were given.
Some of the conclusions that the students reached throughout the exploration and experimentation included:
After ample time was given for exploration, the whole group was gathered for a discussion guided by the lines of inquiry stated above and some of the following teacher questions:
Listen to the following audio recording to hear the student's conclusions: