Science Inspiration!

Staff meetings are not always great fun! All too often, they can be a bit sad and heavy-duty. This week's, however, was full of fun, laughter- and Supermarket Science! 

We put lard in between two gloves and put our hands on ice cubes, made catapults, created waterwheels... and this led me to thinking about books that could be used in science. Not a new idea- I've used plenty of texts like this before- but with this little and often, experiment based approach to science, you could easily add in something purely for the fun factor!

With this in mind, today's book is:

'Home Tweet Home' written and illustrated by Courtney Dicmas.

Templar ISBN: 978-1783703159

This is a lovely, light-hearted story about ten brother and sister birds who all share a nest. Pippi and Burt decide that their nest is too crowded and leave in search of somewhere BIG to live. Beautifully illustrated, the story offers plenty of opportunities for discussion, writing, drama, maths ...but also science!

Having enjoyed the story, look at a collection of pictures of different birds and focus on the shape of their beaks. Make predictions about how each bird would use their beak to eat- stabbing, scooping, sucking, etc. 

Using different objects- plastic spoons, chopsticks, cocktails sticks etc- create a simple beak. Ask the children to predict which beak they think will be able to pick up the most seeds?

Next, give each child a paper cup to represent the bird's stomach. Put out some seeds- how many seeds can each child put in their stomach in a set time? What does this tell us about the different beaks? What if we tried different sized seeds? What if we tried gummie sweets (assuming you teacher hasn't eaten them all!)? Which beak is best now..?

This investigation could be used in a topic about adaptation, life cycles, etc, but it is also just great fun to inspire discussion,  excitement and interest in a topic!

There are so many fantastic ideas- and so many wonderful books! So let's have some fun with science!