MISSION MONDAY: See, Think, Wonder

MISSION MONDAY: See, Think, Wonder photo

Welcome to Mission Monday, a series of posts highlighting the ways North Salem students embrace the district mission of engaging in continual improvement, including questioning, defining and solving problems through critical and creative thinking. To learn more about the North Salem Mission, please click here.

“Why did the bead change color?”

Students in Dr. Diane Outhouse’s third-grade class showcased their inquisitive minds by asking questions like that during a hands-on science experiment.

During the experiment, students observed an ultraviolet-light detecting bead, first in the classroom and then outdoors. Working in pairs, they compared the differences in their observations using the Habit of Mind “Gathering Data Through All Senses” and the Visible Thinking Strategy of “See, Think, Wonder.” 

This exercise involved using a variety of critical-thinking strategies to explain their thinking about why the bead changed color when exposed to the sun. Students were excited to make bracelets with the beads at the conclusion of the experiment, which they brought home to share with their parents.