The children were sitting in small circles. Mrs. Kim had divided the class into small groups for her science lesson. She handed a different object to each of the groups. One group got an orange. One group got a can of soda. One group got a stack of newspapers. One group got a plastic bottle filled with water. One group got a box of band aids. When each group had their object, Mrs. Kim explained what they were going to do.
"I would like for you to study your object as a group," she began. "Then I would like for you to tell me how many ways you think you could use your object."
The groups started buzzing with ideas. One person in each group made a list of all the ways the object could be used. After a few minutes, it was time to share their ideas.
"Matthew," said Mrs. Kim, "please tell me how your group would use the orange."
Matthew stood beside his group. "We decided that you could put it in a bowl with other fruit, you could squeeze it for juice, and you could eat it."
"What would you need to do to the orange before you eat it?" asked Mrs. Kim.
"We would have to take the outside peel off," answered Matthew.
"Maddie, what would your group do with the bottle of water?" asked Mrs. Kim.
"We could drink the water," said Maddie. "Or we could wash our hands in it."
"What is left when the water is gone?"
"We would still have the plastic bottle," answered Maddie.
"C.J., what would your group do with the can of soda?" asked Mrs. Kim.
"We decided that we could drink it, of course," answered C.J. "But you could put it on papers to keep them from blowing away. You could also shake it up and spray your friends."Paragraphs 14 to 35:
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