Franklin Elementary School fifth and sixth graders took a turn being the teacher for a morning, showing younger kids what makes a solid different from a liquid.
The sixth graders explained the properties of solids and liquids. 7-year-old Nally Nguyen identified her bracelet as a solid, but wasn’t sure about her sweater. “Liquid?” After all the sixth graders had explained that liquids change shape. So can sweaters.
The young teachers are part of Franklin’s Junior Scientist program, which pairs the fifth and sixth graders with Mark Twain Junior High eighth graders who visit the school as science mentors. During the Science Ambassadors’ Science Lab, it was time for the elementary students to pay it forward and teach kindergartners and first graders.
Sixth grade teacher Elizabeth Soto had her students review the steps on a sheet the night before for homework. “They’re learning responsibility,” she said. “They don’t listen!” complained sixth-grader Jennifer Sanchez.