We’ve just had a quick discussion about what we’re going to do next term under our umbrella topic for this year “Out of this World.”
The ideas the kids were coming up with were worthy enough to blog about (so much so that I got this one cranking while they were stacking chairs and doing other end-of-term bits).
As I was writing some of these ideas up on the whiteboard the kids started asking questions. So many questions. I started answering some. Of course, when I start answering questions I go off on various tangents. The idea of dark matter and the big bang came up. I put them on the board. This, of course, led to more questions, and rather than trying to answer them in the fifteen minutes we had left, I changed tack and got out the post-its.
“Write down your questions,” I announced. Based on the brief discussion, here are some of the questions they wrote:
How far is it between the moon and Pluto?
What does a black hole do?
What would happen if the sun blew up?
How long does it take a rocket to get to Mars?
I wonder how long it would take to drive a car to Venus?
Is the galaxy infinite?
Can you leave the galaxy?
What would happen if the ozone disappeared?
Can you go 100,000,000s of miles from the galaxy?
Then my personal favourites:
I wonder what would happen if the dark matter wasn’t there?
What would happen if the dark matter fell apart or exploded?
Next term will be very interesting indeed.
Post Script: following some discussion after I suggested our class band could be called Event Horizon (that was part of our black hole discussion), we settled on Galaxy. I’ve said it has to be a prog rock band. Then someone asked what prog rock was. My answer: “Write your question on a post-it and put it on the board.”