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Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:13 PM

What are some fun activities to do with students?

Elizabeth Pena
Elizabeth Pena
1655 Activity Points

Sun Oct 16, 2016 4:21 PM

Depending on the grade level, there are different activities that you could do with students if its lower level grades having the students do sorts, playing with manipulative, using dry erase boards, interactive games would be a fun activity to do with the students. Find read aloud which students really enjoy would be a fun activity as well. The students will really enjoy hands on activities, so any activity that you have in made whether it may be for a science lesson, make sure it's hands on the kids will have a blast! I recently did a science lesson with my students and I incorporated two hands on activities, the students were very engaged and excited to participate! Best of luck.

Jenny Nguyen
Jenny Nguyen
1320 Activity Points

Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:04 PM

There's a TON of fun activities to do with students, but it would depend on grade level, subject, and etc. Whatever you do, make sure that these activities are purposeful.

Huda Adnan
Huda Adnan
820 Activity Points

Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:51 PM

Hello Elizabeth,

I feel that a great way to get students intrinsically motivated about science is through the use of children's literature. When the story allows for students to go on adventures and experience new things, it provokes their curiosity and urge to learn more about the world around them.

I hope that helps!

Ina Nguyen
Ina Nguyen
935 Activity Points

Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:51 PM

Hello Elizabeth,

I feel that a great way to get students intrinsically motivated about science is through the use of children's literature. When the story allows for students to go on adventures and experience new things, it provokes their curiosity and urge to learn more about the world around them.

I hope that helps!

Ina Nguyen
Ina Nguyen
935 Activity Points

Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:23 PM

Are you looking just for general activities or were you trying to find something in specific for a certain lesson?

Yara Botello
Yara Botello
1115 Activity Points

Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:26 PM

In regards to science, I just did a lesson on rock properties and the kids LOVED it. They all got to hold their own rock, see and feel different rocks, talk about discussions with partners, and name rock properties that the rocks had. It was a very hands on activity and I would definitely do it again.

Michelle Abbott
Michelle Abbott
890 Activity Points

Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:19 PM

Are you looking for general activities for your students or are you wanting to know specifically for science? For science, I have found that second graders really enjoy moving around and using lots of hands-on materials that get them to use their five senses.

Charlotte Gutierrez
Charlotte Gutierrez
610 Activity Points

Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:41 PM

Hi Elizabeth! There are many science activities students can work on. From my past experience, when doing the butterfly phases, students really enjoyed having their own personal butterfly. Due to the fact that each student had their own butterfly, he or she felt more responsible and were interested in their butterfly when it evolved to the next phase. At the end of all the phases, when the caterpillar finally became a butterfly, the students were able to put the butterfly on their nose and take a picture before sending it free. This extended project engages students of all grades to take care of their butterfly and watch it every single day. They are able to experience first hand what they read in textbooks. Another entertaining project students can work on is making their own solar systems. When students are shown an image of the solar system, it does not portray the distance between the planets and the distance from the sun. As a result, the image is misleading. Although this activity does not display the different distances, students can make their own Solar System Hats. This is done by using a black strip of paper that is cut according to the student's head size. The students will then draw and cut out the Sun and glue it on the middle. They will then draw, color, and cut the planets around the black strip. This activity is a hands on activity for students probably in the 2nd grade. I suggest you check out Pinterest or Googling different activities according to what your curriculum asks. Good luck!

http://thestemlaboratory.com/outer-space-hats/#_a5y_p=5142840

Heejin Jeon
Heejin Jeon
435 Activity Points

Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:49 AM

This post with all the comments was very insightful! Thank you for all the ideas when it comes to different activities I can do with my future students!

Meagan Schrull
Meagan Schrull
750 Activity Points

Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:53 AM

When teaching about Magnets, I like to have my students put two magnet things and 1 non-magnetic things within a water bottle. Then close the bottle, and run a magnet on the outside. The magnetic items will cling to the magnet, and the other will not. It's a fun way to show them what magnets can do!

Sabrina Galloway
Sabrina Galloway
590 Activity Points

Fri Nov 25, 2016 11:28 PM

There are some really great ideas in this thread! In science I know that sometimes finding hands on activities that are age appropriate and still follow an inquiry base lesson can be a little tricky. Thanks to the course I'm currently taking I have been able to start a folder with several different ideas for inquiry lessons that will really get the students excited and thinking about science. Are there any activities that you may have used in your classroom that you found to be extremely successful and others that I should steer clear from?

Caitlin Quinn
Caitlin Quinn
3305 Activity Points

Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:19 PM


Hi
In general, you might want to get familiar with resource websites:
https://nsdl.oercommons.org/

http://mass.pbslearningmedia.org/

http://www.scilinks.org/

Harry Mazurek

Harry Mazurek
Harry Mazurek
10 Activity Points

Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:40 AM

Look up different 5E lessons. They may have some good ones out there.

Courtney Black
Courtney Black
975 Activity Points

Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:19 PM

I really enjoyed reading all the posts. All the comments were very insightful. I will definitely consider using some of the great ideas.

Brenda Del Valle
Brenda Del Valle
1215 Activity Points

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