These are example of how flow charts can be used within science using objects and sweets to engage the children. The sweets can be used as a starting point as all children are familiar with the object and know about them. The children as shown above can start with this as a basis to using flow charts. an example of their first question could be it is round? yes? or no? then the children can sort out the sweets into the relevant sides. (as a teacher you must test this out first to see if it works and make sure that either every child or group has the correct sweets if that is the outcome). If the objective is to find a sweet or object that doesn’t fit in to any then there might be one left over at the end.
Once the children have grasped the simple objective of flow charts they can move onto ones that require more scientific knowledge such as the ones using the plastic animals. This shows that they will need some prior knowledge to work with them. The children can also once filled it out, be challenged to create their own or use cups to put over the top of the answer and the other children have to guess which animal should go where.
This is a fun engaging and interactive activity that gets all the children involved in the science lesson. It allows them to use and apply prior knowledge whilst also gaining new knowledge and understanding of the topic.
Target: Use this as a method of teaching flow charts within science to develop children’s knowledge and understanding.