Every school strives to meet educational standards set by the school's State Department of Education. Sometimes this is a struggle. But Dennis Regling Wonder Shows' science assemblies have proven to be of great benefit in this area in many schools.
With science assembly programs available to our clients covering the areas of physical science, chemistry, astronomy, earth science, environmental science and natural science, Dennis Regling works hard every year to help you meet the science standards in your state!
We all know science is important and we all know our kids are not doing well in this area and that we need to do better... President Obama was just the latest in an unbroken line of presidents espousing this need when he said that the "hard truth" is that American kids have "been losing ground" in science and math education. If fact, recent studies show 15 year old American students rank 25th in the world in these areas.
But most classrooms are at a disadvantage in teaching science since many lack expensive tools and equipment of the kind that excite kids. Kids often think science is just plain boring! And yet, they will happily sit and watch television programs like Mythbusters, where science is employed every week. Why? Simple. Explosions, fire, cars ramming into walls at high speed and so on. Kids love this stuff!
But how to get it across in a classroom in a way that kids find exciting?
Most states have facets of their elementary curriculum that deal with basic chemistry. The three states of matter, how matter changes, solubility etc. Let's look at Kentucky again for example.
Here is a section taken from the standards in Kentucky relating to primary grades:
SC-EP-1.1.3 Students will describe the properties of water as it occurs as a solid, liquid or gas. Matter (water) can exist in different states--solid, liquid and gas. Properties of those states of matter can be used to describe and classify them. DOK 2
And here is a section from the fourth grade:
SC-04-1.1.1 Students will explain how matter, including water, can be changed from one state to another. Materials can exist in different states--solid, liquid and gas. Some common materials, such as water, can be changed from one state to another by heating or cooling. Resulting cause and effect relationships should be explored, described and predicted. DOK 3
And here is one from the fifth grade
SC-05-1.1.1 Students will describe the physical properties of substances (e.g., boiling point, solubility, density). A substance has characteristic physical properties (e.g., boiling point, solubility, density) that are independent of the amount of the sample. DOK 2
Here is where school assemblies, and particularly school science assemblies function perfectly! Take a science assembly such as our Does Spaghetti Bounce? Liquids, Solids & Gas.
In this exciting school assembly program we examine the three states of matter, the scientific method, exothermic and endothermic reactions, poly foam creation, along with color changing liquids, gooey slime, and the science of baby diapers. Show me an elementary student anywhere that won't be excited by that!
And when the program is done, not only have we reinforced what the students are supposed to be learning, we have also dazzled them in a way that sends them back to class eager to learn more.
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