Elementary Science

Kindergarten Centers

What are some engaging science activities for kindergarten centers to have in the classroom? 

Linda Lerma
Linda Lerma
240 Activity Points

Hi Linda! I found a site where I found many activities for kindergarten https://www.education.com/activity/kindergarten/science/ I found some activities that were interesting like the "Make rain" and "Where Do I live? An Animal Habitat Game". Hope this helps!

Jeanette Gonzalez
Jeanette Gonzalez
220 Activity Points

Hi Linda, I found some articles that discuss learning centers - check out the links below! General information about centers: http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc05_043_03_20 Centers about plants: http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc05_042_07_36 Centers about dinosaurs: http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc10_048_02_36 What topic do you think you would create your centers around? Would you want to incorporate multiple subjects? -Megan

Megan Doty
Megan Doty
7727 Activity Points

Hello Linda, I think it would be cool to have different "exploration bins" in your classroom. You could portray a different theme for each of them. For example, one bin could be about the solar system. Inside the bin could be real images from Nasa's Hubble space telescope. You could also have legos in the bin that students could try to design their own Mars rover. Another bin idea could be a wild life bin. This bin could include molds of animal foot prints, books about different animals and samples of animal fur. A final station that kids would love is a water station. Here, students could test the different properties of water. For example, testing different objects to see if they sink or float. I hope these ideas help. -Lindsay

Lindsay Thompson
Lindsay Thompson
780 Activity Points

Hi linda!

There are so many things to do to engage your students in you're classroom, especially with science. Kindergarten students are very antsy and love to get out of their seat and engage in learning. I found a few centers you can have in your classroom to enhance learning.
You can have centers that involve the many different lesson you teach in science and have students sort out objects related to the lesson. For example, you can use your Five senses , sort animals by habitats: ocean, farm, jungle, sort Living vs non-living, sort Plant vs animal, sort Hot vs cold,sort plant needs, sort objects that have volume or not, and sort by types: sunny, raining, snowing. The students can walk around to each center and sort out the following .
Just make sure to have fun during these activities, and keep them engaged but make sure they are learning and retaining the information. Best of luck and hope this helped!

London Eaves
London Eaves
325 Activity Points

Recently, I have been working a lot with Pre-K/Kindergarten students. I've noticed that they always look forward to their "centers". I feel like the learn the most from their centers and the activities they get involved with. I think some great activities include observation activities that focus on the five senses such as filling a container with random objects and asking the students to use their senses. All except for taste, unless it is edible. This is the choice of the teacher. Also, another interesting activity can be to laminate leaves and different types of flowers and place them on a light board. This way, the students can pretend to be scientists and observe their findings.

Amanda Morales
Amanda Morales
380 Activity Points

In a kindergarten classroom, you can have different objects around the classroom. For example, you can have an apple, cotton ball, car toy, etc. at each station. Kids can be in groups and at each station they would ask themselves whether the object they are presented with can sink or float. Additionally, at each station, you can include a bucket of water at each station so students can test to see if their predictions match the end result. This is a great way to get the students involved.

Aleksandra Kijowska
Aleksandra Kijowska
478 Activity Points

In a kindergarten classroom, you can have different objects around the classroom. For example, you can have an apple, cotton ball, car toy, etc. at each station. Kids can be in groups and at each station they would ask themselves whether the object they are presented with can sink or float. Additionally, at each station, you can include a bucket of water at each station so students can test to see if their predictions match the end result. This is a great way to get the students involved. Do you find this to be useful?

Aleksandra Kijowska
Aleksandra Kijowska
478 Activity Points

It seems as though a natural transition would be utilization of seasons especially changes in plants and animals to build a centers approach. Bringing in leaves, bugs, plants.etc. Nonstandard weight equivalents, magnifying glasses, journal descriptions, encourage students to think about dance to mimmic falling leaves, play dough pumpkin making with seeds. iPads at each station to allow for further inquiry around questions raised.

Joshua Yoakam
Joshua Yoakam
800 Activity Points

I am a current preservice teacher and soon to be student teacher. I am very interested in someday teaching kindergarten after doing some field experience in a kindergarten room. I am currently in a science methods course and learning how to integrate science throughout other content areas. I like your idea of having "exploration bins" around the classroom, that way students are free to explore on their own. I can see myself as a teacher having these bins around the room or getting them out at a certain time period for students to explore and expand their knowledge or question themselves on certain objects. I envy the idea of how these science bins can have many different objects in them such as wildlife, pictures or objects that relate to a certain topic...such as sink or float. Thanks for this great idea, it's so hands on and interactive for students. Julie

Julie Bentley
Julie Bentley
4010 Activity Points

Hello, I am an elementary education student and a substitute teacher. I absolutely adore watching the little kids learn, and my favorite grade is actually kindergarten. There are so many things to do to engage your students, especially with science. I think having a lot of 3-D graphics in the classroom is great for them to visualize science all around them. You can have a solar system hanging up or pictures of students working on science projects so it will motivate them. Having live organisms is also great for kindergarten, such as keeping a butterfly or growing a plant with them. Kindergarten students love to walk and move around so you can have them act out science books or stories. An example of teaching a lesson with a fun activity is having them jump up or throw a ball to each other when they are learning the basics of gravity (I tried this once while substituting and it was super fun, engaging, and informative!) You have them play and move around while pausing to explain the laws of their motions. You can have students walk around outside as a "fieldtrip" for them to observe living organisms around the school. There doesn't necessarily have to be developed centers in the kindergarten classroom for science because using things around you can turn into a lesson of its own! Just make sure to have fun, and keep them engaged but make sure they are learning and retaining information!

Katherine Chambers
Katherine Chambers
2355 Activity Points

Hi! I'm a student working on my Elementary Education degree, so I don't have much experience in classrooms other than doing field hours, but from what I've seen so far elementary kids love hands-on stuff that they can interact with and be a part of. I really love the lego idea Lindsay posted-- there are definitely a lot of things you could do with that! Taking students out of the classroom to observe living things outside is also a good activity to get them engaged and interested.

Christina Isakson
Christina Isakson
515 Activity Points

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