On the 22nd of March a group of MMU students met in the resource center to take part in a Science & Poetry activity. A class of year five students came into participate in out activities. Before they had arrived we set out for each child a worksheet, pen, and a popsicle stick with a green smiley face on one side and a red frown on the other. Once all the students were settled at each table we asked them if they liked science and if they like poetry, to answer the children held up the smiley popsicle for yes or flipped it to the frown for no, we will come back to these questions at the end to see if there is any change.
Sam who works at MMU and helped out a lot with our presentation then moved on to our next activity which was reading a couple of poems to the students and having them be interactive with it so they were instructed to clap, stomp their feet, and yell at certain points during the poems. The class really enjoyed being able to yell and make a lot of noise all of them were laughing throughout this portion. Going back to the worksheet given to each child we had them draw what they thought a scientist looked like, this was great because there was no wrong answer they could draw whatever they wanted. We also asked them to write five words that they thought had to do with a poet and again it was all from their imaginations.
For our next activity we introduced the children to the PH scale which is how we determine if something is an acid, neutral or a base. Each table had a colourful copy of the PH scale and copies of everyday items which they placed on the scale where the students thought they would be. This was important because we would be referring back to this scale during our experiments.
Now on to the experiments we had three the first was mixing a tbsp bicarbonate of soda with 50ml water, second was a tbsp bicarbonate of soda with 50ml lemon juice, and the third was tbsp bicarbonate of soda with 50ml lemon juice an some dish soap. The first had very little reaction while the second and third were very reactive. During each experiment the children took notes on what the saw, heard, smelt, and felt which once we finished the experiments they used to write a poem. At the end if the child chose to they could read out the poem they wrote to everyone and I’m pleased to say that every child jumped at the chance to share what they had written.
The class really seemed to enjoy these activities and learned a lot for our experiments. I feel this activity was very successful because not only did the student learn something they had fun while doing it which is important when it comes to education. When we asked the children again if they liked science and if the liked poetry there were many more green smiley faces being held up than frowns.