Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.
Activity 16: Science Performances
There was a time in our history before the Internet, DVDs, TV, or even radio—and it was only a few generations ago. While it may be hard for today's media-saturated students to comprehend, people had to find other ways to get information until relatively recently in human history. When it comes to learning about science, one of these ways was to go see science lectures and demonstrations in the theater. These science presentations were partly educational and partly entertainment.
For example, the famous British chemist Michael Faraday gave a series of children's Christmas lectures at the Royal Institution of London beginning in 1860 in which he performed demonstrations with burning candles and other simple household materials to teach basic chemical principles. These ...