Working with a partner to come up with a question and then turn it into a hypothesis.
This is hard work. The students have been bringing in all kinds of natural world items like pinecones, rocks, horsehair, shells, and more rocks, seeds, and bird nests.
They have made observations about these items. Now they are learning to ask questions and move their thinking in the direction of creating a hypothesis that will help them create an experiment. The process of these steps is what takes the longest to learn and is the most necessary to deepen the thinking of how to conduct an experiment. The kids were working with a partner to share thinking and create the questions. Today was an excellent example of how the kids are growing in their abilities to cooperatively learn. We had some very fun and interesting conversations.