"When we blow a bubble it’s like a brain full of knowledge," commented one student as we learned about the science of bubbles through reading, writing, and playing with bubbles. Another student let us know that "Learning is like a soap bubble because some people’s brains pop!"
Do you know how soap makes bubbles last longer?
Some words you might use to explain why are: surface tension, water molecule, soap molecule,
hydrophobic, hydrophilic, evaporation. Ask sixth, seventh, and eighth grades students about it.
We also discussed similes, metaphors, and analogies -- ways to compare things that have something in common. We compared soap bubbles to learning and learning communities.
Here are some of our analogies:
- Soap molecules attract to water and dirt, and learning groups attract to each other.
- Instead of trying to stretch apart, the soap bubbles share water molecules and the groups share ideas. Both are pulling together.
- Soap molecules and the water molecules work together to make the bubble last longer and the groups work together to help each other get work done.
We learned so many things: following directions for experiments, reading for research and analysis, writing to explain, comparing ideas.
Check back for more of our reading and writing class work!
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