Science Lesson at English Square

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Science Lesson at English Square

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When I was a child, I occasionally watched reruns of a TV show called Mr. Wizard. Mr. Wizard would use everyday household objects to do science experiments. It was one of the first television shows for children that wasn’t a cartoon. He really made science come alive for a whole generation of children. Sometimes we’d recreate these lessons in our kitchen to our parents’ delight (or horror).

 

Science experiments play an important role in BIG BOW English Lab’s curriculum and I’ve had the opportunity to show other teachers how to do them in CLIL teaching presentations. So it was thrilling to get the invitation to teach a science lesson at Mari Nakamura’s school, English Square, in Kanazawa.

 

Of course, we first took time to do a bit of sightseeing in the historical area of town.

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The children laughed as I donned my white lab coat with a flourish, then we got down to work.

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First we did an experiment where we mixed vinegar and baking soda to make enough carbon dioxide to blow up a balloon.

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The next experiment was a demonstration of how we could stick pencils through a plastic bag filled with water, and not spill a drop.

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A science experiment called The Water Tornado proved to be the most popular.

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But I think the students were most amazed by this science experiment about water surface tension.

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Putting on this type of lesson was a lot of work, but very rewarding. Thanks so much to Mari and the students of English Square! You can read what Mari had to say about this event at this link: http://englishsquaremari.blogspot.jp/2016/07/science-is-fun.html

 

LESLEY ITO

LESLEY ITO(レスリー いとう)

アメリカ、フロリダ州出身。両親の仕事の都合で生まれはイギリス。1992年、大学卒業後来日。日本での経験を活かしてアメリカで就職をするまでの1年の予定で帰国予定だったのが、結婚を機に日本で永住を決断。以後、英語指導法に関する研究や発表を重ね、その功績が認められイギリスの大手出版会社から世界の著名指導者のひとりとしてケンブリッジに招待を受ける。
著者として指導書や英語多読用リーダーなど数多くの英語教育関連書籍を執筆し、ドバイでは2015年に多読用リーダーで国際文学最優秀賞を受賞。
現在では、大学での講義やCLILレッスンの講演活動を日本全国で行っている。

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