Science should NEVER be taught solely from a textbook. There, I said it. I hope I didn't offend anyone too much. I LOVE science! I know not everyone loves science (they were probably taught it from a textbook).
Anyway, this is what we did for science today
Yes, we were burning things with a magnifying glass. So, what exactly were we study through burning things with a magnifying glass? Well, the main course of study this week has been the sun. How incredible is it that the sun is 93 million miles away and so hot that we still feel that heat here on earth? Pretty mind boggling if you ask me. Now we could have just read about that, but how much more interesting it is to start things on fire with that heat! It's one thing to tell the kids not to look at the sun, it's a much more memorable lesson when you show them WHY they should not look at the sun.
The other topics covered today, while burning things, were how light refracts through lenses and how some things take much greater heat to actually melt or start on fire than other things. (dry leaves were the best) Oh, and no lesson with a magnifying glass is complete without shortening the lifespan of one ant (hey, I have boys, it's a necessary ritual for boys).