Early Childhood

Kindergarten activities

Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:10 PM

What are some unique and engaging science activities that would be helpful for incoming kindergarten students?

Michelle Chenault
Michelle Chenault
520 Activity Points

Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:35 PM

Here is a website with plenty of fun and engaging science activities that are age appropriate for kindergarteners: http://www.education.com/activity/kindergarten/science/

My favorite that I have seen on this site Making Rain, which allows the students to recreate the water cycle in a bag. I hope this site helped!

Kodi Wilson
Kodi Wilson
160 Activity Points

Thu Oct 29, 2015 6:23 PM


With my pre-k kids at the school we did the bean in a wet paper towel experiment. They really enjoyed the activity, watching the beans grow and that they got a take home that they did in school. I find that the younger kids like to have evidence of their school life at home.

Mariam Afshar
Mariam Afshar
1115 Activity Points

Sun Nov 29, 2015 1:40 AM

Hello,

A great science activity that I have seen in the classroom is allowing the students to play with magnets, magnetic objects, and nonmagnetic objects. The kids find it super fun and it is a great way to introduce magnets! There is also an activity in where the students get an empty water bottle, they put rice inside it along with magnetic and nonmagnetic objects, and then they use a magnet through the outside to move around the magnetic objects.

Heily Rangel
Heily Rangel
890 Activity Points

Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:13 PM

There is a website called better lesson.com that aligns itself with the NGSS standards and format. It helps me get ideas and you can watch videos of how well the lesson works in a classroom along with handouts that you can use. I plan on using this in my classroom for science in order to engages students of all ages.

Justine Sandoval
Justine Sandoval
510 Activity Points

Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:30 PM

A great resource that I use is TeachersPayTeachers.org. On it, you can specify your students age and the subject level yo uare working with. I know that the website name has 'Pay' in the name, but a lot of the resources that they have is free and it is free to register.

Patricia Josee Records
Patricia Josee Records
935 Activity Points

Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:14 PM

When I was working at a an early childhood center, the teacher that I got to work with did a very neat activity for her ocean unit. Students had the opportunity to create their own little ocean using a Ziploc bag, blue hair gel, small shells, and different color fishes. They would first fill the Ziploc bag with blue hair gel and then add the shells and other small ocean animals she provided them with. I hope this helps!

Maritza Grajeda
maritza grajeda
1215 Activity Points

Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:51 PM

Hi,

I believe that in Pre-K is when you can teach anything to your students and they think everything is engaging. The way that they are eager to learn and explore different activities especially in science. Singing is one way you can incorporate while doing a science lesson. For example, when the students sing the itsy bitsy spider you can ask the students how does a spider look like and they can describe you how a spider looks like. and you can teach later on the parts of the spider and incorporate a TEKS that will go with that song.

Joseline Echegoyen
Joseline Echegoyen
1195 Activity Points

Fri Oct 14, 2016 1:35 PM

Hello Michelle,

The possibilities are endless when it comes to engaging science activities for kindergarteners. I think that any hands-on activity would work well with your students. One that comes to mind is making a simple bird feeder. You can have your students go outdoors, if possible, to find pinecones. If that doesn't work, I know that there are a lot of craft stores that sell them. You can get some sunflower seeds and peanut butter and they can make their own. This is also a great activity for them because they can do it at home as well. I hope this helps.

Malari Finamore
Malari Finamore
250 Activity Points

Sun Oct 23, 2016 4:55 PM

I teach GA Pre-K and we use science every day. Some of the children bring me science items that they find on the playground. We explore the items together. The children search for the different colors of leaves. They find a lot of leaves with numerous shapes and colors. Now, they add several kinds of nuts. We add up the nuts and also find spots for the squirrels to find them.

Deirdre Lonon-Davis
Deirdre Lonon-Davis
65 Activity Points

Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:53 PM

Whatever it is, should have a lot of movement and interaction for the kids so the lesson is engaging. For example, back in Pre-Teaching, one of my friends did the life-cycle of a butterfly and the kids "danced" and "acted" out the life cycle of the butterfly. It made for an interactive lesson that the youngins could do easily! Good luck!

Huda Adnan
Huda Adnan
810 Activity Points

Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:53 PM

I think using play-do is a fun activity where the students can create something. This will be both hands-on and the students can also explore their creativity.

Kathy Nguyen
Kathy Nguyen
1005 Activity Points

Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:54 PM

For one of my activities I used a bag with a chocolate and had the kids rub their hands to create heat. With the friction created, they were able to melt the chocolate in their hand.

Vanessa Cerrato
Vanessa Cerrato
800 Activity Points

Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:14 PM

I think mostly it is hands-on, short activities, as they learn through concrete objects. Lots of fun and mess.

Svetlana Makambila
Svetlana Makambila
1065 Activity Points

Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:17 PM

Students love to watch videos on brain pop. It is super engaging and the students love it. It has tons of different topics. It is a resource that you can use year round.

Lindsey Zhang
Lindsey Zhang
905 Activity Points

Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:38 PM

My kids in P-K did the different parts of an insect. They had to create their own insect by putting together different types of wings, and body parts. They really enjoyed it!

Claudia Penaranda
Claudia Penaranda
805 Activity Points

Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:27 PM

Pinterest and 5E science lessons are your best friend!

THU TA
THU TA
530 Activity Points

Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:23 PM

Hi there!

I found some interesting activities students can do hands-on from pinterest!
One forum that I found that is unique and engaging for kindergarten students is to learn about Static Electricity through a butterfly experiment. While looking through this activity, I found it amusing and would definitely incorporate it into my future classroom!As we may know, students can create static electricity just by rubbing their feet on the carpet and touch someone to give them an accidental shock! Maybe this is an idea you can use for your upcoming kindergarten students.

Michelle Nguyen
Michelle Nguyen
1185 Activity Points

Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:48 PM

Hi Michelle,

This article might give you some ideas:
Curiosity + Kindergarten = Future Scientists

Plus, in the science and children journal there is a section called the Early Years which focuses on science activities pK-2. If you search "The Early Years" you will obtain a large list of postings.

Kathy

Kathy Malone
Kathy Malone
2525 Activity Points

Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:03 PM

Thank you! This was very helpful in my lesson planning! Great ideas were in the article.

Taylor Simspson
Taylor Simpson
505 Activity Points

Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:11 PM

Very helpful for lesson planning.

Shelby Royer
Shelby Royer
980 Activity Points

Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:57 PM

Extremely helpful. I plan on using the ideas on future lesson planning.

Brenda Del Valle
Brenda Del Valle
765 Activity Points

Thu Aug 27, 2015 9:28 PM

From the semester I spent with kindergarten students, I have found that they are very hands-on. I would suggest maybe exploring the environment around them and relating it to the sorts of science they will be learning about. For instance, taking them on a walk around the building and talking about living vs. nonliving things they see, weather, etc. The more they can dive into it, the more I would think they would a foundational interest in science.

Ellen Watters
Ellen Watters
565 Activity Points

Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:18 PM

Getting the students out and about is a must! Not only are they able to use their own senses out in the environment, they also get a little physical activity and can release some built up energy. I love taking my preschoolers outside on nature walks and asking them questions about what we see. It would even be cool to take pictures of different living and non-living things and print them off so that the students can sort them when they get back to the classroom.

Meaghan Charles
Meaghan Charles
170 Activity Points

Thu Oct 29, 2015 6:25 PM


Great point! Younger students do enjoy exploring their environments and really get into nature and experiements having to do with nature. If you want to startoff small, try collecting evidence from nature such as interesting leaves, grass, flowers, bark etc. then they can do rubbings and learn about the characteristics.

Mariam Afshar
Mariam Afshar
1115 Activity Points

Sun Nov 29, 2015 1:47 AM

That is very true, younger kids are very good at learning with hands on activities. They understand better and cannot be still when working with worksheets.

Heily Rangel
Heily Rangel
890 Activity Points

Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:14 PM

Ellen,
Thank you for posting! We sometimes for get just exploring outside with students helps them experience science, and they don't even realize it!
-Clare

Marion Harvey
Marion Harvey
1000 Activity Points

Sun Apr 17, 2016 2:20 PM

This sounds like a great idea. It really gets them excited about what they will be exploring throughout the whole year. I would also ask the students what they would like to learn about either in context of what they are going to learn or something out of the box. You might get that one child who really knows a lot about one thing and to encourage and support that interest would really get that child interested in what they have to learn.

Adriana Garcia
Adriana Garcia
4685 Activity Points

Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:54 PM

I completely agree with this. The more students explore the environment and the things around them it becomes more interesting for them.

Brenda Del Valle
Brenda Del Valle
765 Activity Points

Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:56 PM

I really like this idea, Ellen! It might even be nice to sit outside on the ground or the grass in a circle afterwards to discuss what they observed. That way the students can point out exactly what it was that they observed so that other students can see it too.

Lizete Guerra
Lizete Guerra
665 Activity Points

Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:05 AM

I agree with you, children are very hands on and what better way to learn than by having authentic activities for them.

Daisy Mendoza
Daisy Mendoza
755 Activity Points

Thu Aug 27, 2015 9:48 PM

I agree with Ellen. The more that you can integrate the world around in them into a tangible lesson, the more engaged and confident the kindergartners will be in the lesson. Maybe try taking a class poll and starting an inquiry based project based off of what they are excited to learn about in their environment.

Nancy Wright
Nancy Wright
415 Activity Points

Thu Aug 27, 2015 9:48 PM

I agree with Ellen. The more that you can integrate the world around in them into a tangible lesson, the more engaged and confident the kindergartners will be in the lesson. Maybe try taking a class poll and starting an inquiry based project based off of what they are excited to learn about in their environment.

Nancy Wright
Nancy Wright
415 Activity Points

Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:19 AM

I agree that exploring the world around them is an engaging way to teach science ideas and practices in a developmentally appropriate way! Thank you for the shout out to my Early Years columns, Kathy. I write a companion blog for NSTA at www.nsta.org/earlyyears. You can find many of the Early Years columns in a collection in the Learning Center. Some are free to non-members.
The Early Years column, preK-grade 2
This collection of The Early Years columns can be used to find activities for young children (PreK-grade 2) to be part of the on-going science inquiry that is already happening in your classroom. Use these activities to continue your students' thinking and learning about a concept or topic they are investigating. Visit The Early Years blog at www.nsta.org/earlyyears.org to find pictures and more discussion about teaching science in early childhood.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/share.aspx?id=kWe5LKQ7hf

Look to the NSTA Position Statement on Early Childhood Science Education for the most up-to-date understanding of how young children learn. It is written for teachers of preK but it all applies to Kindergarten students too.
http://www.nsta.org/about/positions/earlychildhood.aspx

Have a wonderful year!
Peggy

Peggy Ashbrook
Margaret Ashbrook
5500 Activity Points

Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:58 AM

Another support for kindergarten teachers who may have children who are not yet fluent in English:
Karen Nemeth addresses how teachers can make science learning meaningful for children who don’t speak the same language:
http://www.languagecastle.com/2015/08/fast-5-gamechangers-pr...-for-dlls/

Peggy Ashbrook
Margaret Ashbrook
5500 Activity Points

Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:23 PM

Margaret,

Thank you for this resource, there were plenty of strategies that I think will come in handy when I begin teaching. Especially since I hope to be placed in a bilingual classroom.

Angela Ayala
Angela Ayala
745 Activity Points

Sat Sep 12, 2015 3:25 PM

I believe, especially with science lessons, that the students can help direct the curriculum through their natural interests. Begin a conversation about what they are interested in and make that into a concrete lesson. For example, Frozen is really big right now so make the natural connection from that to a lesson on snow and ice. Investigate how water can transform to these, find out what it feels like, learn about snow flakes, weather related to snow etc. If they are directing the lessons, they will be much more engaged and take much more from it.

Allison Shinners
Allison Shinners
120 Activity Points

Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:14 AM

This is such a great idea. I would have never thought to use the movie Frozen for the weather portion of the Science standards. I think this is very relevant and could be the theme of a lot of great lessons, especially for those of us teachers that live in places that do not snow. Now it is time to post some frozen themed worksheets we can integrate into math and literacy. Thanks for the idea! 

Jennifer Clark
Jennifer Clark
415 Activity Points

Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:40 PM

Wow! This is such a great idea! I never thought to make this connection with Frozen! This is such an applicable idea for so many different content areas. I have an upcoming lesson with physical science and want to do something similar. I will aim to find students interests and build an interactive lesson similar to yours and Frozen!

Thank you for the help!

Katrice Trego
Katrice
755 Activity Points

Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:43 PM

I love this idea. Students are still talking about this movie and it would be a great way to talk about weather and snow. This would really help the students to get engaged and make a connection.

Malorie Fenwick
Malorie Fenwick
870 Activity Points

Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:59 PM

What a great idea! I believe that students' interests should always be taken into account when designing a lesson.

Donna Arellano
Donna Arellano
745 Activity Points

Sun Sep 13, 2015 4:41 PM

Kindergarteners are very hands-on learners, and their attention spans can be maintained the most effectively by doing activities that are very engaging for each of them. With the changing seasons, I think doing an activity outside, noting the changes occurring in nature and having each of them make observations, would be a great activity to do with the students! This is a topic that can cross-curricular as well, and the knowledge students gain in this area could be used to make connections in other areas of learning.

Emily Desloge
Emily Desloge
60 Activity Points

Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:30 PM

With little ones, going outside has to be one of the greatest resources at hand for many teachers.

Zachary Maltbia
Zachary
905 Activity Points

Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:36 PM

What are some scientific topics that Kindergarteners usually love?

McKenzie Pike
McKenzie Pike
120 Activity Points

Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:42 PM

Mckenzie here is a helpful site I have found for fun scientific activities to plan for your classroom! The common science topics I have found that kindergarteners love are animals, ocean, the 5 senses, weather, gardening, and many more. Hope this helps :)


http://www.education.com/activity/kindergarten/science/

Lane Martinez
Lane Martinez
160 Activity Points

Sun Nov 29, 2015 1:46 AM

Learning about insects, magnets, shadows, and the solar system.

Heily Rangel
Heily Rangel
890 Activity Points

Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:37 PM

What is a fun and easy way for kindergarteners to learn how to wash their hands?

Lane Martinez
Lane Martinez
160 Activity Points

Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:49 PM

Lane, some ways that I have found work well with younger students when it comes to washing their hands is letting them know about germs and what they can do, repetition and making hand washing fun. If you explain to them that if they don't wash their hands they will collect bad germs and then get sick and have to miss out on fun activities like playing outside then they will make sure to wash their hands. Another way that kids usually love is singing. If you sing fun songs to help remind them they will really get into it and maybe even want to wash their hands. Repetition is key in helping kids learn new things so that is the key thing to remember. Good luck!

McKenzie Pike
McKenzie Pike
120 Activity Points

Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:17 PM

Lane, I currently work at a pre-school and one of the ways we teach kids how to wash their hands is to sing the ABC's. This helps students make sure they are scrubbing their hands long enough. I have also heard of teachers using Glo Germ, which is a lotion that students can put on their hands. Glo Germ is used before or after the students have washed their hands. Their hands are then put under a blacklight which will cause all of the germs that are still on their hands to light up. This is a great way to visually show the students all the germs that are on their hands. Glo Germ can be purchased at http://www.sciencebobstore.com/glo-germ-gel-lotion/
I hope this helps teach your students about germs! :)

Carley Knipe
Carley Knipe
195 Activity Points

Thu Oct 29, 2015 6:28 PM


I would explain the importance of having clean hands, talk about germs and what they can do, then put handwashing into the daily routine. Even put it in the daily schedule, usually before eating, after going outside, when you first enter the classroom and always after bathroom time, then you can explain how washing hands can also get paint, glue etc. off.

Mariam Afshar
Mariam Afshar
1115 Activity Points

Sun Nov 29, 2015 1:42 AM

Hello,

You can have the students sing along to the happy birthday song while they wash their hands!

Heily Rangel
Heily Rangel
890 Activity Points

Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:36 PM

Does anyone know of a fun hands-on science activity for elementary students that involves the solar system?

Kodi Wilson
Kodi Wilson
160 Activity Points

Mon Sep 14, 2015 10:03 PM

Kodi, It will be easier to recommend resources if we knew what concepts you want the children to learn about the Solar System and which grades you are teaching.
http://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/ngss/files/Appendix%20E%...052213.pdf

Scroll down to page 8 to see where learning about the Solar System is a grade level expectation in the Next Generation Science Standards.
Peggy

Peggy Ashbrook
Margaret Ashbrook
5500 Activity Points

Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:53 PM

I taught Kindergarten for 12 years and my son in currently in Kindergarten.  He just started a unit on pushes and pulls.  They sorted objects into push, pull, or both.  They did this with real objects and pictures.  They tested out force on an object.  They tried pushing things on different surfaces to see if that impacted how far the object went or the speed.  He has had a ton of fun as everything has been hands on and very relevant to him.

Attachments

Talking About Forces (Book Chapter)

Pushes and Pulls (Book Chapter)

Christina Killeen
Christina Killeen
500 Activity Points

Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:19 PM

I have students that are special ed but we use a lot of Kindergarten TEKS. One way that we get our students to explore weather is by using the n2y.com website on Joey's Locker. The students are able to come to the board and participate by recording the weather everyday. They can also feel water to represent rain, feel a fain to represent wind and touch a hot towel to represent heat from the sun.

Stephanie Matzen
Stephanie Matzen
1435 Activity Points

Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:17 AM

Kodi,
Here are some video demonstrations regarding the solar system. It is hard for students to grasp the enormity of the solar system, so perspective is key. These videos show activities and demonstrations that can easily be incorporated into the classroom. All of the videos on the FunScienceDemos YouTube channel (where these videos are located) are common core aligned and cover a wide variety of topics that students should know before high school. 
Here is the link to the playlist of Solar System videos
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLat8Jejmdx1sbNMdZh1LIiyl8VqPHDOzo
Best of luck, 
Dr. George Mehler Ed.D.,
Temple University 

George Mehler
George Mehler
695 Activity Points

Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:05 PM

Thank you for sharing this YouTube website. It makes explanations about the earth so simple for small children!!!

Betty Paulsell
Betty Paulsell
48285 Activity Points

Sun Nov 01, 2015 6:51 PM

I would recommend anything with movement. For example, model how to act out the water cycle with students, the cycle of a butterfly, or use onomatopoeias and movement to describe weather. The younger students love any chance that they get to be up and moving. Students are sometimes unaware that they are learning when they are involved in movement because they enjoy it so much. 

Karly Gibberman
Karly Gibberman
1635 Activity Points

Fri Nov 06, 2015 4:23 PM

I would recommend that you do something that has them moving or experimenting with stuff to teach them science. I have seen a classroom where students just do worksheets and the poor kindergarten are so bored and act out. 

Gethsemani Rodriguez
Gethsemani Rodriguez
1435 Activity Points

Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:00 PM

What Great activities! I can't wait to use them in my class when I graduate!

Thy Van
thy van
1565 Activity Points

Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:33 PM

A lot of the times pinterest has some really neat and engaging activities that you can implement in a classroom.

Judy Avellaneda
Judy Avellaneda
1235 Activity Points

Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:47 PM

Very unique post. Extremely helpful for my pre-service. 

Yvonne Carrasco
Yvonne Carrasco
945 Activity Points

Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:49 PM

Great resources and ideas! I can't wait to use them in my classroom! 

Chelsea Duncan
Chelsea Duncan
1570 Activity Points

Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:53 PM

Some activities that I have seen used in the classroom are brain breaks. These breaks are helpful to allow students to get their wiggles out. Another activity that I have seen used int he classroom are fun rhyming games that allow students t interact with one another in a friendly and cooperative manner. 

Anny Keys
Anny Keys
1135 Activity Points

Sun Nov 29, 2015 1:45 AM

Brain breaks are awesome!

Heily Rangel
Heily Rangel
890 Activity Points

Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:48 PM

Sharouq Zabarah
Sharouq Zabarah
660 Activity Points

Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:40 PM

Leslie Bolton
leslie bolton
405 Activity Points

Sat Nov 21, 2015 8:50 AM

Hi, I really found this post super interesting. I was able to see some activities of the web sites that you provide. They have really good resources. I love the way that you mentioned how to incorporate hands-on activities with themes especially the frozen theme to work with weather. Another hands-on activities that I really like for kindergarten is developing activities with the nature environment, such as: looking diversity of leaves and flowers and giving the opportunity to students to develop their senses.

Andrea Villalobos
andrea villalobos
520 Activity Points

Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:13 AM

Hello Michelle, 

I suggest you check out this website, I especially like the project Rainbow Wizard's Brew. 

http://babbledabbledo.com/20-science-projects-for-preschoolers/

Some of the projects are a bit messy, but that could be a perfect reason to take your little ones outdoors. 

Jessica Chavez
jessica chavez
545 Activity Points

Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:11 AM

I am a student teacher and I did my first 5E lesson about the 5 senses. Students loved being able to explore with random objects and categorizing them into the group that helps the most when using it (i.e. fuzzy ball into touch, cheerios into taste). 

Melissa Leal
Melissa Leal
1465 Activity Points

Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:55 PM

I believe anything that involves play, movement, music, and hands-on activities is a great lesson for the younger ones! Plan every lesson around play, they are too young to sit for long periods of time and do worksheets or listen to you talk. If all else fails, dig into pinterest!!!! It has been my best friend as a student teacher this year! Good Luck!

Emilia Espitia
Emilia Espitia
825 Activity Points

Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:42 PM

   There are many ways to grab a kindergarteners attention. When applying science activities in the classroom, kindergarteners love to move around and do hands-on activities. Children tend to learn more through fun experiments, rather than listen to a lesson being taught on a chalkboard. For example, a great activity for incoming kindergarteners would be a scavenger hunt! This could involve students searching for items related to the science unit. It forms a number of skill such as motor skills, listening skills, the process of thought, and communication skills.
   Another great activity could be anything that involves bright colors or quick movements. Children become intrigued with the most simpliest activities. For example, you could create a tornado in a bottle. The only items you'll need is water, a plastic water bottle, glitter, and dish washing liquid shaking the bottle with he materials will cause a water vortex that looks like a mini tornado. This teaches the students what a tornado may look like with their eyes never leaving the bottle!

Nicole Feoli
Nicole Feoli
580 Activity Points

Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:03 PM

These are great resources. I would really use them in my future classroom. Very helpful.

Nadia Manasia
Nadia Manasia
1765 Activity Points

Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:29 PM

Interesting post!

Danielle Bergstrom
Dani Bergstrom
1160 Activity Points

Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:31 PM

Danielle Bergstrom
Dani Bergstrom
1160 Activity Points

Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:45 PM

We did a couple of activities using apples.  After we were finished with the apples, we kept two in the science center and observed the apples decompose.  The students really enjoy it and are shocked to see how it changes size. 

Stewart Byrd
Emily Giesinger
710 Activity Points

Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:00 PM

In Kindergarten it's all about getting dirty! Don't be afraid to let them get dirty (as long as they are learning). Let them play and learn, it's the best way to get them to learn.

Isairis Gonzalez
Isairis Gonzalez
1075 Activity Points

Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:16 PM

These are really helpful. It is hard to come up with such activities on my own.

Veronica Temple
Veronica Temple
535 Activity Points

Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:51 PM

http://leftbraincraftbrain.com/2015/03/29/five-minute-craft-magnet-painting/

This is a little bit messy, but it looks like a fun activity

HeeJu Shin
HeeJu Shin
870 Activity Points

Fri Dec 04, 2015 9:11 PM

This is a great idea, students are more engaged when the lesson relates to their interests. 

Marisol Diosdado
Marisol Diosdado
1260 Activity Points

Fri Dec 04, 2015 10:18 PM

Kindergarten students love learning science. Anything that is hands on is great for them. If it is different and not just book work, they will like it. Another thing is that they love to explore, so taking them outside or in the school garden, if you have one, is a great idea. 

Daniela Rosselli
Daniela Rosselli
575 Activity Points

Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:50 AM

Here are some more ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/bluskyz/kindergarten-science/ . Another great way to incorporate science into the classroom is to simply have a class plant or pet that they will get to constantly observe! Another idea that a friend did in her classroom was to study the life cycle of a pumpkin throughout the October and thanksgiving months, maybe even grow your own pumpkin!

Tori Pinkston
Tori Pinkston
995 Activity Points

Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:03 PM

There are a lot of hands activities that you can do with kindergarteners. You can have them create their own snowflakes. Or you can read the hungry  Catapillar and teach students about transformation. There are a lot more activities you can find in 

http://www.jumpstart.com/parents/activities/science-activities
https://www.pinterest.com/explore/kid-science-activities/

Melissa Ruiz
Melissa Ruiz
495 Activity Points

Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:01 PM

Hi Melissa!  These are grateful resources for kindergartens. Thank you for posting.

Marisela Morales
Marisela Morales
980 Activity Points

Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:01 PM

Thank you for creating this thread and so many people sharing great activities and lessons! I can't wait to use some of these in my kindergarten classroom!

Aubree Kiessling
Aubree Kiessling
1365 Activity Points

Fri Dec 11, 2015 12:07 AM

With kindergarteners having an activity that physically involves them is great. I love the idea of having a school garden where students can plant flowers or vegetables and tend to their plants over time. If planting vegetables, you can even take it one step further by creating a menu based on those vegetables and teach students about health conscious food decisions.

Lauren Galindo
Lauren Galindo
375 Activity Points

Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:20 PM

http://thesciencepenguin.com/2014/07/starting-the-year-off-right-science-ideas-for-week-one.html

^^^ great blog with activities and tips for early science instruction!

Margot Jacobs
Margot Jacobs
630 Activity Points

Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:34 PM


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Earth and Human Activity. Start them early! 

Margot Jacobs
Margot Jacobs
630 Activity Points

Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:22 PM

Mon Jan 11, 2016 5:54 PM

What are some good science activities to do with children who are in the grades K-3?

Melissa Nichols
Melissa Nichols
340 Activity Points

Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:29 PM

Brittney Ronayne
Brittney Ronayne
975 Activity Points

Mon Feb 22, 2016 12:00 PM

I would honestly look into ideas on Pinterest. It's a really great site with tons of ideas for science teaching in the elementary classroom. I would definitely try something that is super engaging and hand-on to keep the student's interest, especially since it is kinder students.

Elizabeth Rodriguez
Elizabeth Rodriguez
915 Activity Points

Wed Feb 24, 2016 1:23 PM

These are all really great ideas!! Thanks!!

Jennifer Rosales
Jennifer Rosales
830 Activity Points

Mon Mar 07, 2016 11:53 PM

I worked with kindergarten on a lesson regarding weather. It was conveniently a day that was very overcast- which is often rare in Arizona. We went outside and talked about ways that we can tell what kind of weather we're having. I started it out talking about how do we know if we're going to wear big coats, or rain boots, or short sleeves to school. We talked about looking outside and observing the weather; if we see it raining, we don't wear flip flops. We discussed the weatherman/lady on tv and how their job is to interpret the weather.  We talked about how if the clouds are grey we can assume there may be rain coming. Then we had them illustrate pictures, one of how the weather looked outside and one of how the weather looks in another place (could be a family members house; snow or someones favorite place where it was warm) They really go into the discussions we had and it was great to introduce weather.

Michelle Guzman
Michelle Guzman
1420 Activity Points

Tue Mar 08, 2016 1:32 PM

The bean and wet paper towel experiment sounds like a fun and engaging lesson for the students. 

Alyssa Heater
Alyssa Heater
875 Activity Points

Sat Apr 02, 2016 12:06 PM

One experiment that I saw for kindergartners was on the topic of air and how it takes up space. There were many hands on parts of the activity, including trying to crush crackers in a bag that was filled with air, and using a tub of water and a cup with a paper towel to show how air can prevent the towel from getting wet. Allowing the students to predict and then perform the experiment gives them the chance to be little scientists for the day.
I hope this helps!

Kimberly Dempsey
Kimberly Dempsey
870 Activity Points

Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:34 PM

Something I found that my students really enjoyed was looking at living and nonliving things and getting hands on experiences while they learned. Other teachers brought in chicks, goats, cats and dog to show students what living things were. Later, students were challenged to find 4 nonliving things in their home and share them with the class.

Alexis Williams
Alexis Williams
900 Activity Points

Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:38 PM

From what I have seen, when it comes to science particularly, students love to participate in hands-on activities. They enjoy being able to explore and be given time to investigate why things happen the way that they do. When I taught a science lesson over photosynthesis, my students liked having the opportunity to go outside and look at plants more closely. You can find great ideas from pinterest, teachers pay teachers, and many veteran teachers at your school. 

Kristine DePuma
Kristine DePuma
805 Activity Points

Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:39 PM

Hello,
Pre-k students love to do hands on activity. During my observations I saw how one kinder teacher used to take the students outside to observe caterpillars and butterflies.Children at this age love to explore so any science concept you introduced that's hands on,they will love it.
Good luck! 

Neyra Hanley
Neyra Hanley
915 Activity Points

Sun Apr 10, 2016 11:25 PM

From my personal experience I can tell you that students at this age love to do things that involve being more hands-on. One particular science experiment that I have seen work with this age group is growing a bean plant. All you need is a clear plastic cup, soil, beans,  and water. Doing this experiment will help your students learn about what they need in order to grow a plant. I hope this helps!

Good Luck!!

Griselda Ibarra
Griselda Ibarra
975 Activity Points

Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:09 AM

I think any hands on activities that the students can do will be engaging. Letting the students explore around them that it related to science will be fun. 

Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams
1125 Activity Points

Tue Apr 12, 2016 7:17 PM

From my experience with student teaching in kindergarten, it is very important to include a lot of hands on activities! They love to be moving and they learn much better when they are able to experience it. For example, we took the class outside to learn about weather patterns/seasons and living/nonliving. When making plans for any lesson I always try to include at least one hands on activity.

Heather Grimes
Heather Grimes
730 Activity Points

Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:54 AM

Of course, you are right! The best way to  attach to science and interest is to make very interesting games for children to show all process in the nature, to give him made something by theirself. 

Emily Puttock
Emily Puttock
125 Activity Points

Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:02 PM

There are so many activities to do with little kids that they would love. One that is on my top list is making the ooze that is a 4th stage of matter. Kids get amazed when they see the substance hard like a solid then watery like a liquid. It is a great simple topic with a fun interactive activity. Another great activity is the balloon and rubbing it on the student's hair. Kids will go crazy over this and are full with questions. I remember doing this when I was in kinder and just having a great time!!

Elizabeth Alarcon
Elizabeth Alarcon
630 Activity Points

Sun Apr 17, 2016 7:57 PM


I totally agree! children need to explore some more! The school I did my hours this semester did not have many natural areas outside but they are building a garden which gave me lots of new ideas to engage children in science activities related to the garden! I believe that having some time outside of the classroom will spark their interest; especially in science! 

Vanessa Narciso
Vanessa Narciso
555 Activity Points

Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:14 AM

I completely agree! It is great to use the resources you do have to help children understand life and growth in plants. I think the garden would be an awesome experience for all children.
I found this even simpler idea that children could eat up! It makes them active in the experiment, and they learn!
http://thestemlaboratory.com/sprout-house/

Emma Meloy
Emma Meloy
495 Activity Points

Tue May 17, 2016 10:08 AM

Kindergartners will get engaged in anything hands on in science. Bringing them out into their environment to learn is most beneficial and creates concrete learning.

Rebecca Westhouse
Rebecca Westhouse
135 Activity Points

Tue May 17, 2016 11:36 AM

I think a great science activity to do with Kindergarten students would be a unit on living and non living things. You can have several different stations, with different activities, from hands on, coloring pages, large group discussions. Then you can assess your students daily on living and non living things.

Seraphim Major
Seraphim Major
425 Activity Points

Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:30 AM

I suggest beginning with a simple activity that will be part of an on-going investigation that can last for months, such as exploring the properties of water. I wrote about a few ideas and listed resources in the NSTA Early Years blog: http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2016/06/07/beginning-of-the-year-explorations-get-them-ready-for-fall/

On June 29 I will be presenting in the next NSTA Virtual Conference on June 29, along with another NSTA author, Christine Royce. The conference is three hours long (with breaks) and begins at 10 am ET. The registration fee includes one of our books...your choice!
Visit this website for more information and to register: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/virtualconference

Beginning the year with an activity that is so engaging provides opportunities for us to assess our incoming students skills and needs as they learn.

Peggy Ashbrook
Margaret Ashbrook
5500 Activity Points

Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:41 PM

Last year, my kindergarten students became meteorologists. We made binoculars out of duct tape and toilet paper rolls, we read the cloud book by Eric Carle, we created an anchor chart together by stretching cotton balls and gluing them to a poster. We labeled the type of cloud it was and what type of weather may come with it. We went outside and investigated the cloud types through our "binoculars". The students drew a picture of what they saw in their journal. The following day, the students gave an "overview" of what the weather was like the day before and the clouds they encountered. I did this with a green screen background, so they actually looked like little weather reporters! I had brought in an umbrella, beach towel and sunglasses, and a winter hat and gloves for them to "dress up" The students loved the activity! We finished the unit with watching the movie, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs! This was done in 3 days. The students were so excited to continue, that was what got them through the morning routine until science time!

Mindy Gonzalez
Mindy Gonzalez
490 Activity Points

Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:32 PM

Something that one of my cooperating teachers did to teach her kindergardeners about living and nonliving things was to taking nature walks. The kids LOVED it because it got them up and moving and they were also able to touch some of the different things the saw outside. She would ofter point out different objects outside and ask the students if they thought it was living or non-living.

Ellen Prevish
Ellen Prevish
1045 Activity Points

Fri Sep 02, 2016 8:21 PM

http://www.applesandabcs.com/2012/02/sink-or-float.html

I found this "sink or float" lesson that might be a fun experiment for your students!

Jessica Hill
Jessica Hill
965 Activity Points

Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:34 PM

I agree Jessica. I did a lesson on Sink or Float with my Kindergarten class and they loved it. The students enjoyed learning about predictions and had enjoyed sharing there thoughts on the object they were testing. I had the students test object in nature (branches, seeds, sticks, leaves, wood, bark) some of the objects even surprised me. It was interesting to hear the students explanations. For example "I know the leaves will float because I see them floating in ponds and pools." The class loved the hands on activity. Breaking the class into groups and having a bucket of water and different objects at each table is a great way to do this.

Sarah Deane
Sarah Deane
170 Activity Points

Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:07 PM

I think taking a walk and discussing living and non living things is a great activity for many reasons. One reason is they can get up and move instead of sitting in their seat all day. Two, is fresh air. Three, they are learning and still having fun at the same time. Reminds me of our biology class we had! I had tons of fun and remember a lot about the days we went outside. Which is yet another benefit for the students, since they will most likel rememer the information since they are enjoying it.

Michelle Abbott
Michelle Abbott
890 Activity Points

Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:10 PM

A kindergarten teacher at the elementary school I am at, recently taught her students how to create their own balances with a hanger, rod, string, and marbles.

Dayse Pena
Dayse Pena
880 Activity Points

Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:12 PM

I think exploring "5 senses" using different materials and the environment is fun

Svetlana Makambila
Svetlana Makambila
1065 Activity Points

Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:47 PM

I have worked with children for many years now and I found you can never go wrong with nature walks! The kids love them and they are fun for the teachers too. Not to mention it gets you out of the classroom for a little while.

Alicia Mickleboro
Alicia Mickleboro
535 Activity Points

Sun Sep 18, 2016 4:45 PM

having kids make their own play-dough is a great way to teach them chemical reactions and it also gives you play=dough to use in the classroom throughout the year!

Courtney Coupe
Courtney Coupe
375 Activity Points

Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:22 PM

When working with kindergartners one semester at an all girls school we did an experiment to talk about why it rains. It was done on a very basic level but the girls loved it! We read a few books about rain and precipitation. The main idea was that the clouds were made up of tiny drops of water and when they became too heavy or too full, the tiny drops formed together and fell as rain to the Earth. This idea was then represented by doing a demonstration. The students were put into small groups for centers and I worked with only 4-5 girls at a time. We made a mason jar cloud by filling a mason jar about 3/4's of the way with water (we put sparkles in it just for fun) and then topping it with a shaving cream cloud. Then, we took food coloring and dropped some onto our cloud until it started to change colors and get too full. The food coloring represented the water droplets. Eventually, the shaving cream would become too full of the food coloring and start dripping down into the water (representing the sky). The food coloring would look like rain. The girls had fun adding the food coloring and they mentioned that the shaving cream cloud changed colors as it got full just like real clouds get darker when it is going to rain.

Gabrielle Goeller
Gabrielle Goeller
835 Activity Points

Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:18 PM

One idea I like, which someone else may have posted, is an activity called 'walking water'. You have five clear, plastic cups all lined up next to each other, all half full of water. In between each cup you put a paper towel that is immersed on both ends in the two different cups. In the first cup you add some red food coloring. In the third cup you add some yellow food coloring. In the last cup you add blue food coloring. Leave the second and fourth cups alone with just Let the cups sit and eventually the the color will 'travel' from the first cup to the second cup and from the third cup to both the second cup and fourth cup. The color in the fifth cup will travel to the fourth cup and the sixth cup. When it is done you will have a rainbow of colors in front of you as the red and yellow will have made orange and the yellow and blue will have made green. So from left to right you will have red (from the color), orange (from the mix), yellow (from the color), green (from the mix), and blue (from the color).

Grace Ann Burr
Grace Ann Burr
855 Activity Points

Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:51 AM

I am currently a preservice teachers and at one of the elementary schools, where I have class, the kindergarteners are actively involved with the schools living garden. Every Friday, the class goes out and makes observations about what the changes they see in the garden. In a couple of weeks, the students will be creating radish buddies. These are essentially radish seeds pushed into a wet cotton ball in a jewelry bag. The students will be creating hypotheses about what they think will happen to the seeds, as well as what all is required for plants to grow. These buddies will eventually begin to germinate and rid the students of their misconceptions about what is required for a seed to germinate.

Alyssa Baum
Alyssa Baum
865 Activity Points

Sun Oct 16, 2016 12:18 PM

I remember about that age I was fascinated by an experiment where we would ball up a paper towel in a cup, making sure it would stay when the cup was flipped over. We would then flip the cup and push it straight down into the water, then pull it out to show a completely dry towel. This is a good way to show that air itself takes up space. I did this experiment about 50 times because of how amazed I was at the results. You can then follow it up by completely submerging the cup and flipping it right side up underwater to show the bubbles that rise to the surface, further illustrating the point.

Adam Raabe
Adam Raabe
555 Activity Points

Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:08 PM

Our theme is Fairy Tales. One of my favorite activity is to read the book Jack and the Beanstalk. We discuss the beanstalk in the book. I ask the question Do you think that it is true for a beanstalk to grow overnight? The children ponder over the question. We plant the beanstalk the next day. We talk about the items that we need for the planting-cup, dirt, beans, and water. We made a chart with all of the children's names and days. Every day, we check the progress of the beanstalk. Another extension, the children draw a picture of the beanstalk's planting.

Deirdre Lonon-Davis
Deirdre Lonon-Davis
65 Activity Points

Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:23 PM

I attended a workshop for early childhood science and my favorite take-away was the "discovery bottles". I made one with magnatized itmes inside and then the children could use a magnet to move things around in the bottle. I also saw that a teacher put tiny magnet letters inside the bottle and the children used a magnet to move them around and identify a specific letter. You can find more information here:


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    Lori Canfield
    Lori Canfield
    155 Activity Points

    Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:05 AM

    There are so many kindergarten science activities. I did my chicken life cycle lesson last week, and I design a chicken life cycle paper plate activity for my students. They loved it!

    Chih-Hsuan Chao
    Chih-Hsuan Chao
    895 Activity Points

    Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:19 PM

    For one of my lessons I am doing The Very Hungry Caterpillar book box. This will help the students learn about the life cycle of the caterpillar.

    Ashli Wells
    Ashli Wells
    945 Activity Points

    Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:56 AM

    Children love that book, especially the illustrations! Eric Carle himself noted that he included a misconception--that all caterpillars make cocoons when they pupate before emerging as adult butterflies. Some caterpillars make a cocoon and some form a chrysalis.
    When children observe an actual animal, such as the caterpillar of a Cabbage white butterfly, as it changes from tiny caterpillar to larger caterpillar to chrysalis to adult butterfly, they can connect their actual observations to what they read and see in both fiction and nonfiction books.

    Peggy Ashbrook
    Margaret Ashbrook
    5500 Activity Points

    Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:21 PM

    For TEKS concerning force and momentum, I put air into a Ziploc baggie, and we made a graph of who thought a light book dropped or slammed would pop the the baggie as well as a heavy book dropped and slammed would pop the baggie. The activity was engaging adn a great way to introduce new vocabulary.

    Hannah Bennett
    Hannah Bennett
    1730 Activity Points

    Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:07 AM

    A fun activity related to science that would get kindergarten students excited to learn is to first read them a book or show them a video related to the unit/topic you are going to teach first. Then you could have them do a small project related to this...for example, if your first unit related to weather, you could have them do a small art project with cotton balls and colorful construction paper to make common weather patterns (sunny, rainy, cloudy).

    Corina Chen
    Xusha (Corina) Chen
    555 Activity Points

    Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:27 AM

    These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

    Brittany Collins
    Brittany Collins
    1155 Activity Points

    Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:45 PM

    Many of the schools that I have been in actively involve students in a gardening unit. The students explore the garden, observe within the garden, plant in the garden, and observe the changes in the garden! The students really seem to enjoy doing this and making the garden their own!

    Alexis Hartzell
    Alexis Hartzell
    2395 Activity Points

    Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:51 PM

    I am currently student teaching in a preschool classroom and we recently did a lesson over magnets. While I know preschool is not kindergarten, I know kindergarten students would find the activity just as engaging and exciting. We tested the magnetism of different objects together and then students got to use their own magnet for the first time and were able to test a list of objects on their own. I have never seen children so excited about magnets before! They absolutely loved it! The next day, students were writing and coloring in their journals and so many students decided to draw magnets and the different magnetic objects that were tested. The lesson clearly stuck with them and it is still something I hear them talk about two months later!

    Lesley Cooper
    Lesley Cooper
    835 Activity Points

    Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:43 PM

    That is wonderful! Great idea!

    Martha Cristina Mejia
    Martha Cristina Mejia
    990 Activity Points

    Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:14 PM

    Hello,

    My best advice is check Pinterest. They have a lot of hands-on activities that will be fun and engaging for your Kindergartners.

    Briyania Nugent
    Briyania Nugent
    850 Activity Points

    Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:40 AM

    Pinterest has many people contributing activities that can become part of an ongoing science inquiry! The NSTA position statement on Early Childhood Science Education is a great supporting document http://www.nsta.org/about/positions/earlychildhood.aspx
    Use it to shape effective science learning experiences.

    Peggy Ashbrook
    Margaret Ashbrook
    5500 Activity Points

    Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:43 PM

    I think the important thing with the younger students is to build a strong foundation and a love for science. I think so many students are afraid or uncomfortable with science because they did not get enough exposure to it in the younger grades. Hands on activities are always a must. Let the students decide what they want to study then go from there. Weather is always a great place to start. I am a preservice teacher and I have done a lot of work this semester with kindergarteners in learning gardens. I was pleasantly surprised to see how much my students understood about the garden and how a plant grows and even vocabulary words like pollination all from working hands on in a garden. This is definitely something I highly recommend.

    Courtney George
    Courtney George
    720 Activity Points

    Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:19 PM

    Michelle, I was placed in a kindergarten classroom this year as a student teacher. My cooperating teacher discussed living and non-living creatures using gummy worms and live worms! She offered each student an opportunity to handle the live worms. While the students were completing their independent practice, she passed out the gummy worms for the students to eat. I really enjoyed watching the students get engaged in their learning.

    Tessa Sharafat
    Tessa Sharafat
    1165 Activity Points

    Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:20 PM

    Michelle, I was placed in a kindergarten classroom this year as a student teacher. My cooperating teacher discussed living and non-living creatures using gummy worms and live worms! She offered each student an opportunity to handle the live worms. While the students were completing their independent practice, she passed out the gummy worms for the students to eat. I really enjoyed watching the students get engaged in their learning.

    Tessa Sharafat
    Tessa Sharafat
    1165 Activity Points

    Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:44 PM

    What a great opportunity for those kiddos to have a hands-on activity! Awesome!

    Martha Cristina Mejia
    Martha Cristina Mejia
    990 Activity Points

    Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:24 PM

    After observing a kindergarten class I noticed that the student pay more attention when the teachers does a hands on activity. This website has many hands on activities that help me when doing lesson plans for my classes. http://www.education.com/activity/kindergarten/science/.

    Alejandra Giraldo
    Alejandra Giraldo
    2855 Activity Points

    Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:32 PM

    I once saw a teacher have students collect leaves from outside. After students had their leaf, the teacher walked the students back inside. The teacher handed students a paper each. Students had crayons at their table. The teacher instructed students to take a crayon and take the wrapping off of it. They were going to create an impression of the leaf. Students were told to use the crayon on its side to create the impression.

    Mercedes Hernandez
    Mercedes Hernandez
    1230 Activity Points

    Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:13 PM

    That is fun, but I imagine what was after....I think that's memorable and very exciting, but you have to be prepared not to have all your classroom and the kids' clothes in chocolate. There hands must be clean - in case they want to put chocolate fingers into their mouths

    Svetlana Makambila
    Svetlana Makambila
    1065 Activity Points

    Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:45 PM

    I think the best way for kindergartners to learn is more through hands on experiences and exploring.

    Jessica Cronin
    Jessica Cronin
    435 Activity Points

    Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:43 PM

    I enjoy working with activities that have the reactions that the age group can see and manipulate. This helps the students of this age group get involved and interested working in this field at a young age. It also helps lay the foundation blocks for a love of science. Kindergarteners live in their our world and we have to join them in it!

    Ashley Lindemann
    Ashley Lindemann
    685 Activity Points

    Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:44 PM

    This is a great reminder to connect student's natural interests to grab their attention for the information you are wanting them to learn and master!

    Dena Renee Rickert
    Dena Rickert
    165 Activity Points

    Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:03 AM

    To the person who mentioned that it is important for our students to guide the curriculum... YES! Sometimes we forget that our students are just kids who have natural curiosities. We need to figure out what they are interested in too . It's important that they ask questions, and for us to answer them, this is what excites them, and makes them want to learn.

    Deborah Pederson
    Deborah Pederson
    900 Activity Points

    Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:48 PM

    I am currently a pre-service teacher in the field and I find that my students also love to watch videos on brain pop. They are very engaged and lear a lot from it.

    Jocelyn Saavedra
    Jocelyn Saavedra
    820 Activity Points

    Today, 11:59 AM

    Let them sketch at least four different grasses they see in the lawn. That is engaging!

    Marianne Cane
    Marianne Cane
    650 Activity Points

    Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:41 PM

    I couldn't agree more. Students' engagement should be priority in our classrooms.

    Martha Cristina Mejia
    Martha Cristina Mejia
    990 Activity Points

    Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:29 AM

    There are a number of highly engaging and appealing science activities that teachers adopt in several circumstances to get the most out of students’ interest in order to let them understand some of the basic concepts. I am about to finish my online course from Central Mont University in teaching and education and I believe there is a lot more to come in this field.

    Vaughn Johnson
    Vaughn Johnson
    10 Activity Points

    Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:27 AM

    For a science lesson that I taught, the students were learning about how plants grow. We read a book about plants and then each child was given a sunflower seed, a cup, and soil to plant their own seeds. Over the course of three weeks we watched the plants grow and then the students took their plants home. I think this would be a great activity for you to do. You could also incorporate an outside trip so your students can look at the different plants that grow outside.

    Malissa Corneh
    Malissa Corneh
    645 Activity Points

    Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:23 PM

    I currently student teach in a Kindergarten classroom. For my lessons, I also like to involve a lot of hands-on activities. For example, this past week I was teaching them about the different parts of a plant and the life cycle as well. Rather than showing them videos and pictures, I brought a plant for each student and provided magnifying glasses and toothpicks for them. They were able to examine the different parts of the flower share with their peers their findings. After the lesson, we went outside and planted our flowers. The students REALLY enjoyed this lesson and asked if we could do it again some other time!

    JENNIFER GARCIA
    JENNIFER GARCIA
    805 Activity Points

    Today, 11:58 AM

    Dandelions are easily accessible and allow children to have hands-on experience exploring different parts of a plant. I was so amazed, and so are my children, to discover that the white fluff and seeds are already there at the base of the yellow parts of the flower. Let them pluck and see the seeds. Let them see the hollow stem. Let them see the lightning shaped leaves and the sturdy taproot. Let them know that dandelions grow early in the spring and help feed the bees. They aren't just for making wishes when you blow on them. Teach them the difference between plentiful wildflowers (weeds) in the grass that they can gather and garden flowers that people grow on purpose and that shouldn't be picked.

    Marianne Cane
    Marianne Cane
    650 Activity Points

    Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:17 AM

    Hello Michelle,

    I have worked with kindergarten kids for several years and I know they love hands on activities. One thing I did with them was plant a seed. The did it all on their own and were excited to actually see them grow. Make sure you plant extra seeds just incase some do not make it.

    Itzel Zertuche
    Itzel Zertuche
    750 Activity Points

    Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:43 PM

    One of my favorite activity I did with my Kindergarten students is planting grass. We used a styrofoam cup and the students had to draw a face on it so that when the grass grew it would look like crazy hair growing.

    Kanwal Mohammad
    Kanwal Mohammad
    610 Activity Points

    Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:02 PM

    I would use a types of hands on material like play-doh, or create things out of construction paper. It will engage them as well as be able to get the point across to them

    Anum Khoja
    Anum Khoja
    880 Activity Points

    Yesterday, 12:47 PM

    I absolutely encourage teaching any science lesson that includes inquiry and involves any space outside of the classroom. Teaching a lesson to young children (ages 5-6) I learned that showing a powerpoint or videos based on heredity and variation of traits, was first engaging, and then prepared them to take on the next task: searching for variation among plants right outside their class. The lesson was meaningful to them because it allowed them to see how they have similarities within their own families, especially in relation to their parents, and it helped them make sense of what a "family" is and how it relates to a "species" in scientific terms. Taking the students beyond the four walls in their classroom excited them and made them more inquisitive about their activity. Beginning the lesson with a question that will be the focus of their learning (as we call investigable question) the students redirect their thinking and focus exactly what is being asked of them. Inquiry all the way!

    Karina Penate
    Karina Penate
    5110 Activity Points

    Today, 11:52 AM

    I totally agree! One of my intentions is to help children understand that nature is all around them, and that science provides a lens for exploring and recognizing what they experience. Not only that, it provides a means to communicate their perspective on the world.

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