Lina Plaisance

Lina Plaisance

Elementary teacher 3rd grade, QUÉBEC

I knew then that the most important thing was to know why my experiment did not occur properly.

I am an elementary teacher. I teach almost all subjects to my 3rd grade students at Collège Bourget in Rigaud (Québec). I have been a 3rd grade teacher for 10 years.

For the past couple of years, I found out that science was not my most comfortable subject to teach the kids in my class. So last year, my colleague and I organized and created new activities for students to be more autonomous in making discoveries by themselves. We gave them the guidelines and they were then able to conceive, build and create their own project. After that school year, I realized that my motivation for science had grown. I was more comfortable making discoveries for myself and even if I missed or did errors, I knew then that the most important thing was to know why my experiment did not occur properly.

This year, I experimented new ways of making learning more fun for the kids. I started with a subject that interested them…SCIENCE! The use of puppets and stuffed animals encourages them to discuss their discoveries. The puppets accompanied the students in their environment exploration. Some of the activities I introduced to the kids were: finding the characteristics of rocks and minerals, learning about stability to create a tower, conceive and built a solar clock and making a greenhouse to grow grass. I also organized and created with my colleague some activities that made the students learn about acid and base (bath quakes), simple machine, building vehicle using the gravity, learning about the living world and creating a habitat for an organism.

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