Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tried It Tuesday that Failed!

Happy Tuesday! Today I am teaming up with the Fourth Grade Flipper for her Tried it Tuesday.  Today my my Tried it Tuesday...failed!


We have started a unit on the respiratory system in science.  There was a very cool activity in our book that used balloons, a straw and a bottle to make a model of part of the respiratory system.  Like a good teacher, I tried this activity out this morning and it worked perfectly.  
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This afternoon when I went to do it with my students, it failed. Most of the water bottles made today are made of a thinner plastic.  When we went to put the ballon on the bottem, they didn't hold their form and created opennings where air could come in. 
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We tried placing masking tape and duck tape along the bottom, but nothing worked.  I learned this during my first science class and all of my students were disapointed that it was not working.  I have a few small soda bottles which I think will work so I am going to make four or five models and let them work in groups tomorrow to see how it works.  I was bummed because I thought this was a cool idea!

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  1. I hate it when those things happen! I had a similar experience in an electricity lesson earlier this year. I've done it many times, but this year it just wouldn't work.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  2. I once couldn't get balloons to stick to the wall with static electricity!! I love telling kids "This is what was supposed to happen!". Sounds like it would be cool!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  3. I hate when experiments don't work! Although, that is how real science works right? I'm glad to know I'm not alone! :O)
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  4. Even though it didn't work you still taught the kids a lesson that not everything works the first time and you have to keep trying different things and ways until you get it right... like true scientists! That does sound like a really fun experiment though and I hope it works today!

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

  5. I love that you blogged about something that didn't work. I still get embarrassed with my class when something doesn't work and can feel my face getting red. It happens all the time! What worked one year might even not work the next either. It's always a work in progress but that is one reason I love teaching:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper