General Science and Teaching

lesson suggestions for Elementary school students

Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:22 PM

To current or past teachers or anyone with experience in the science classroom setting, what are some great general lessons or topics that you think Elementary school students would be interested in?

From your experience or knowledge, do you think students prefer a particular topic over another, if so, which topics or units? 

LATTECIA KIRKLAND
LATTECIA KIRKLAND
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Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:26 PM

Elementary students are very curious and they want to know more. Students at this age like hands on activities that allows them to explore on their own. In my experience, students in my class have enjoyed learning about magnets. Another topic that really interest my students, was when we talked about different animals and insects. They thought it was fascinating how there are so many different types of animals of all sizes and colors. You can also teach about states of matter and do hands on activities for them to do along with the lesson. I hope this help you consider teaching about these topics.

Katherine Lazo
Katherine Lazo
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Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:16 AM

In my first grade class they are curious about everything when it comes to science. If it's hands-on, the better! They thoroughly enjoyed learning about magnets because of all of the different types of magnets they got to explore. They enjoyed learning about the different states of matter through the simple investigations they have done. They had fun with force and motion. Now, we are currently exploring different types of soil. All of these topics that we've explored were hands-on, so they were very engaging. Elementary school students love science no matter the topic but it depends on how you teach it. So, it's best to keep in mind that if it's hands-on, they'll have more fun learning and being engage in their learning.

Chenda Chab
Chenda Chab
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Sat Dec 16, 2017 9:49 PM

Hello Lattecia,
I agree with Chenda! I think the sad thing is that students love all science because of their innate curiosity but, as Carl Sagan put it, we choke it out of them. Hands-on, inquiry-based activities that don't box in students' thinking should be what we're after. If I were to pin-point specific topics/activities I would rank astronomy, animals and building things among the top!

Astronomy:
Try to arrange an evening family star party. Ask a local astronomy group to bring some of their equipment or find a parent/volunteer who has a telescope or two. Binoculars are great astronomy tools. (Where I'm from, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada has chapters in all the major cities and public education is a big part of their work. Not sure who would be near to where you live.)

Animals:
I just posted a long answer on another thread about live animals in the classroom: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/discuss/default.aspx?tid=mKMWu1JS/Us_E#87520

Building things:
There are a lot of good STEM activities that you can do with this! I have attached some links that will lead you to some sites that can help you with this.

Hope this helps,
Gabe Kraljevic

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