La luce è quando mi sveglio la mattina. Un percorso sulla luce in quarta e quinta elementare
Dal Bò, Maria
Can you venture into the world of physical phenomena in a simple and addictive manner with elementary school children? How to gradually accompany them from daily experience to the first scientific concepts? In the academic year 2003/2004, the Trieste "Eureka" Science Didactics Laboratory proposed a light-search-action path. The meetings with the group enabled us to identify some key steps in building ideas on light, darkness, and colors. Convinced by the rich repertoire of possible experiences to be offered in class, we decided to start work with the kids. The route we are describing involved 5 classes (96 children all) and took place between the last two months of 2003/2004 and the first quarter of the following year. It was led by science teachers, who have always worked with the whole group-class, using mostly recovery materials. The journey began with the comparison of the ideas of children on light and dark and was built, in its subsequent steps, from their responses.