ABSTRACT

Teachers are often hesitant to teach science because they think they have to know everything about the world and how it works. Investigating UV-detecting beads is a science activity that is simple, open ended, and will help teachers feel comfortable teaching from an inquiry perspective and hook students on the excitement of science. When the students enter the room, the level of excitement is still very high; everyone is chatting about the beads. As Sharon circulates around the room and monitors students’ progress, the student teacher and a parent volunteer work at the materials table helping the children get what they need. Sharon is proactive in her efforts to communicate with families. Sharon is pleased that her questions have helped the boys move beyond their initial conclusion: that the oil is hot and helps the sun change the color of the beads.