Evaluation Of A Child 's Interaction With An Inquiry Based Activity
The following case study is of a child’s interaction with an inquiry based activity. The children will be able to connect with some key concepts of physical science. The outcomes are linked to the Australian Curriculum, Science/Year 2/Science understanding/physical sciences/ACSSU033 (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2014). The activity is designed to promote children’s hands-on and mind-on skills, by applying their prior knowledge and understanding of how objects perform in water. The activity will also assist children in developing their investigative skills in science and other areas of education. Teachers will use their senses to observe the children, which is an important skill that teachers need to acquire, therefore, they can accurately observe and follow through with the investigation (Campbell, Jobling, & Howitt, p 71,2015).
Activity design (See Appendix 1)
This is a hands-on mind-on activity, where the children will be encouraged to use their critical thinking, science reasoning and their own predictions to investigate which of the selected objects from the sandpit equipment box will sink and which objects will float when placed in water. The children will carry out their investigations by placing the selected objects in a trough filled with water.
The activity is conducted in the outside learning environment, situated on the grass in a shaded area that is flat and in close proximity to a…