Stella Lee has taught for seven years. She taught kindergarten for
three years and first grade for four years. She loves introducing
hands-on experiments to children in the early grades. The children
find it interesting and fun.
Students designed a "touch box" to present the objects.
The students were asked, "Does the sense of sight help
you identify what you feel? If they answered yes, they were
able to look at the picture of the object while feeling for
it in the touch box. If they answered no, they had to feel
and find the object without looking at a picture.
Our lab teacher created a computerized activity, which
required the students to identify how objects would feel.
In one activity, they had to identify objects which felt
cold vs. hot. In the second activity, they had to classify
objects as hard or soft.
Make predictions about the selected objects and check
Use their sense of touch to identify various objects.
Use the knowledge they acquired about the touch sense
to design the class science fair project
Worked together in cooperative settings to gather, share,
and discuss information.
completed several computerized activities created by our lab
The students were assessed using the following: observation of how students
managed their hands on activities, accountable talk, and writing
Tips for Teachers
Feel free to modify lessons and activities according to your students'
abilities and interests. For the early grades, try to incorporate
as many hands on experiences as possible. The children in these grades
perform will when they can participate in their learning experiences.
Student Work Samples
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