This was a co-op that had been in the planning for several months. When reading ahead for the lessons in the book, I saw that there was a science fair. This is not something that I had ever tackled before and I wondered if the others would be interested - and they were. As part of our co-op lesson several months ago (either end of Jan or early Feb), I did my teaching on the scientific method and doing a science fair project. We used the scientific method as a means of the steps of conducting an experiment. The students did a fabulous job with their projects. It was so much fun to see the different topics that they chose too!
We had one on eggs and comparing the space of the air cell in new versus old eggs. The students shared their hypothesis and then how they conducted their experiment and their findings.
The happy meal did not mold and the fries looked the same as the day that we bought them. The homemade burger did grow mold after several days. The fries also browned. All of the items hardened and dried out.
This is an experiment using mentos and soda. A fun visual for everyone!
This was such a great morning! I think we have more of these in our future. It was a lot of work - but I think well worth it in the end.
One thing we also did was to have each student write positive comments on a card to be given to each of the other students. I liked this feedback! We also had them give "awards" to each other for things like most creative, best display, best presentation, etc.
I highly encourage you to try this out if you haven't yet. It was a fabulous experience!