Make your own bottle constructions before introducing
them to others: Cutting and hanging bottles is easy but a
little practice can vastly improve your technique. By making
constructions before you introduce them to a classroom or a
workshop, you can work out the details and any unexpected hitches.
You will also provide your audience with a model to aspire to, or
Do Bottle Biology in cooperative groups:
The mechanics of cutting
bottles, the planning and filling of columns, and the observation
and exploration of each project are ideal jobs for two or three
students working together. Group projects can foster student discussion
and also cut down on the number of columns taking up precious space.
Allow plenty of time for group discussion:
These Bottle Biology projects have been developed to provoke discussion
on a wide range of topics. Before diving into a construction, lead
a class discussion about issues
raised by the project, and what in particular you and your students
would like to explore.
Reserve your right not to answer a good question:
You can use Bottle Biology to promote the idea that science is not
a lengthy list of facts, but a tool for exploration. When students
ask questions, encourage them to think about the information they
have, to predict possible answers, and to form their own methods
Improvise: Bottle Biology should be
adapted to fit specific needs and interests. Some techniques will
need to be modified as the world of plastic containers continues
to evolve. Also, don't worry about repeating Bottle Biology activities.
Every time you do an activity, you'll discover something new.
Bottle Biology is for teachers, parents and all students. Anyone
can use soda bottles and other items from unexpected places to nurture
new ideas and explore exciting science, in and out of the classroom.
Adapt Bottle Biology for any skill level:
Bottle Biology is currently used in classrooms from kindergarten
to college. Most of the activities can be adapted to teach a wide
variety of subjects at different levels. Slightly more involved
constructions and emphasize forming hypotheses and experimental
Column and Kimchee
focus on observation and exploration and are easy to construct.