When Gross Becomes Awesome

Seems a natural cliché that these little guys would get such a kick out of handling earthworms.
Seems a natural cliché that these little guys would get such a kick out of handling earthworms.
Mari Scardapane enjoys the different reactions from each of the students.
Mari Scardapane enjoys the different reactions from each of the students.
If you’re willing to hold them, you can feel the classic push/pull movements of an earthworm.
If you’re willing to hold them, you can feel the classic push/pull movements of an earthworm.
Students were challenged to find a way to move the earthworm boxes across a target line without directly touching the boxes with their hands.  These students decided to attach a clothespin to pull the box across the line.
Students were challenged to find a way to move the earthworm boxes across a target line without directly touching the boxes with their hands. These students decided to attach a clothespin to pull the box across the line.
Trish Wilkinson discuses animal movement and how animals can move in lots of different ways. When these Kindergartners are ready to hold an earthworm, they will feel two ways in which they move.
Trish Wilkinson discuses animal movement and how animals can move in lots of different ways. When these Kindergartners are ready to hold an earthworm, they will feel two ways in which they move.

Countrywood’s youngest scientists experienced the concepts of "push and pull" through a series of brief challenges introduced when they read the picture book "Move" by Steven Jenkins. Mari Scardapane and Trish Wilkinson hosted the science lesson for the first half of Countrywood’s kindergarten students, and the second half are excited about their turn this Friday, January 27th.  

Students pushed containers across a target, solved a quick engineering challenge with a clothespin, held earthworms in their hands to observe the "push and pull" of earthworm movements, and concluded with a special push and pull song.  When it comes to cool science and literacy activities, our kindergarten scientists know that sometimes gross and awesome are the same!