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August 23, 2015

Lily gravitates toward wanting to know more about women in history. Like when we studied the presidents, and she wanted to know why there weren’t any women presidents.

I thought it would be fun to combine that interest and her love for science to do a unit study of women scientists.

the scientist

The unit will follow along with our regular science curriculum, Elementary Science Education; after learning about botany, we’ll study a woman botanist. For each scientist we study we’ll read or watch a documentary about her, do a project related to her work (some include field trips!), and then make a trading card to summarize learning. Lily will also choose a scientist and design a study about her. To wrap it up Lily will also share her learning with a science party, where she shares the study she designed and/or her favorites from the unit overall.

Specifically the unit will include:

  • Rosalind Franklin–extracting and building models of DNA
  • Beatrix Potter–microscope observation and art
  • Elsie Quarterman–cedar glade field trip to id plants
  • Women aviators–paper plane design
  • Cynthia Breazeal–classifying robots and making bristle-bots
  • Rachel Carson–watershed education and service project

I look forward to reporting back on how the unit goes.

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