What are some tips on how to incorporate science in the classroom as much as possible with a limited amount of time available each week?

Sara Gordon
Sara Gordon
170 Activity Points

I am student teaching in a 5th grade ELA, Reading, and Social Studies classroom. I know that the science teacher does not always have time to incorporate science as much as she would like. For this reason, I try to find science related reading comprehension passages, that way the student will get to read about science but will also get to use reading strategies. I use this same strategies with Social Studies as well.

Almira Bhojwani
Almira Bhojwani
230 Activity Points

Hi Sara, I am currently a student teacher in a kindergarten classroom, and I definitely have noticed the struggle that the teachers I have observed have making time for incorporating a science lesson. My mentor teacher this semester typical will incorporate a fun brainpop video over the lesson, and then together as a class she will have the students complete a little booklet with pictures and limited fill in the blank spaces. Once completed the students glue it into their science journal. Typically a lesson like this takes 15-20 mins, and it's memorable for the students as well.

Taylor Charlton
Taylor Charlton
315 Activity Points

Sara, I am currently a preservice teacher and I am getting an endorsement in STEM. I think if you are struggling to make time to teach science then a great way to get incorporate more science curriculum is too integrate it into other disciplines. There are many lessons online that incorporate literacy connections into design challenges. If you can create or find some engaging design challenges based off the literature your students are already reading, it will successfully bring more science content into your classroom.

Ashton Childree
Ashton Childree
200 Activity Points

Hello, I think it is important to incorporate science into other parts of school because we often time do "run out of time". I think that in this case by integrating science into other parts of school you still get the science education even if you are unable to actually have science time. I think your idea of finding literature on science things is a great way to integrate and you could also integrate science into social studies for certain subjects. For Texas we had the great hurricane in 1900 and this way science because of the weather aspect but also history because it is a big shaping point in Texas history.

Heather Rochester
Heather Rochester
250 Activity Points

Hello,

I completely agree with what Heather Rochester said about incorporating science into other content areas. Although I am currently a student teacher and my mentor teacher teaches ELA, she specifically chooses literature that incorporates other ignored content areas so that students still get that bit of science and social studies. I am in a fourth grade class, which in Texas means that the students have 3 standardized tests to take this year. It is quite difficult to incorporate science through out the day because of such an emphasis on subjects like reading, writing and math. My teacher uses dogonews.com to allow her students to read (ELA) about science related topics to do their daily reading assignments. It's such an amazing website that keeps students informed about different topics. I hope this helps!

Asmara Mengisteab
Asmara Mengisteab
415 Activity Points

I’m currently a second grade student teacher. I notice that it is a bit challenging to fit in a full science lesson during the day. My mentor usually introduces her lessons with a science video or a brainpop video. Other times, she will engage her lessons with the science textbook and have the student work on a fun activity with manipulatives. She also tries to incorporate the students’ textbooks and science interactive notebooks into the lessons as well to get the full grasp of each lesson. My mentor also does her best to have them work in groups to finish their assignments. The assignments are completed sooner, and they are also peer teaching each other. Due to limited time, her science lessons are normally stretched out to several days to a week. But from what I’ve noticed, they are effective and the students are still able to learn the importance of the topics.

Jeanette Nguyen
Jeanette Nguyen
120 Activity Points

I completely agree with others that commented that you should try to incorporate your science content into other areas. We have integrated a lot of science into our reading and writing through our non fiction unit we focused on animals and finding and creating their habitats, diagrams, fun facts, etc.

Heather Rochester
Heather Rochester
250 Activity Points

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