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The Life Cycle of a Dandelion

Science is one of the subjects that children who attend bilingual schools here in Spain have to study in English.

Most science books present just boring descriptions of things that children don't understand but have to learn by heart anyway to pass a monthly test.

I personally love science, especially because it's connected to real life, but, over all, because it's based on the scientific method, that let reality speak for itself, while we only have to make predictions, observe a phenomenon, and take notes to decide whether our predictions were right or not.

This means that science classes might potentially be something really engaging for children.

Unfortunately, this is not the case, at least according to my personal experience.

But, I won't complain about the missed opportunity of saving Spanish children from their boring science classes. Not at all!

Instead, I'll post about an experiment I personally conducted to observe the life cycle of plants and particularly of Dandelions (click on the picture above). Something you can easily do in your classes or at home to help kids understand and remember scientific terms in English.

Find some useful flashcards here. and a complete lesson plan here

More about science and the scientific method in the excellent children's book The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.


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