Returning to BFSU was an excellent decision. Last week’s lesson, (C-4) Distinguishing between Matter and Energy, was a lot of fun. We first spent some time reviewing the concepts from previous lessons in the C thread (physical science), then we got on to the lesson. Esa really enjoyed investigating energy to determine whether it was matter or not.
We compared the weights of batteries- one fresh and one drained- with a sensitive kitchen scale to see if electrical energy has weight. Both batteries weighed in at 25g, proving that electrical energy does not have weight- but matter does.
We both enjoyed this lesson thoroughly. I felt so much satisfaction at having spent the time to carefully prepare for the lesson and actually do the lesson- and on a Monday. It was a great start to our week.
Another great tip: use these multi-reference bookmarks to keep tabs on the separate threads. These sure beat those little post-its that curl up and tear.
I’ve also gone through the previous lessons and prepared narration sheets to facilitate review. Feel free to download these and use them as you wish (see below). You’ll notice that I’ve not used closed questions. I’ve phrased the questions in such a way as to encourage full sentence answers and discussion. I will add more as we go along and I’ve added the ones below to the “Our Curricula” page.
This lesson was so engaging that there was no need for me to find additional activities or adapt it in any way. A few days later, we read a little from the Usborne Internet-Linked Science Encyclopedia and felt very satisfied with our science studies for the week.