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Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:35 AM

Hello everyone! I am currently in my last few stages of getting my teaching licensure, but I am still very nervous when it comes to teaching science! Science was never my strong suit in school, but I do not want my future students to see that. I want my students to enjoy science as I plan to do while teaching it. Does anyone have suggestions or tips on what I should do to make my science lessons exciting and engaging, or even websites that give examples of fun science lessons? The grade level I am aiming for is K-2nd grade. Thank you for all your help!

Brittney :)

Brittney Larry
Brittney Larry
180 Activity Points

Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:21 AM

Hi Brittany!
Congratulations on getting close to completing your teaching credential. I think you are already ahead of the game - you are curious and motivated to make your lessons fun!

I would definitely recommend this site, the NSTA Learning Center, and the resources here. There are tons of free resources for helping you develop your lessons and many professional development opportunities. This is a place where you could possibly find a science teaching mentor. The forums are fantastic and a place to get lessons from other teachers try them out and share your experiences. Also as you get to know teachers through the forums you can see the public resources that they aggregate through their collections.

You are also welcome to mine my collections for ideas. I have developed many to help support cohorts of elementary school teachers and they are public pre-reviewed resources. Just search my profile and scroll down to view my collections. http://learningcenter.nsta.org/discuss/profile.aspx?mid=Y7WnpNBq0Ys_E

here is one collection that you might find useful: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id=pYVPpRz5lZQ_E

Amanda Wolfe
Amanda Wolfe
16240 Activity Points

Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:57 PM

Hi Brittney-
Check out www.howtosmile.org you can search lessons by grade. There are also tons of great resources through NSTA from the Science and Children Publication http://www.nsta.org/elementaryschool/
I write about many science activities for your age group on my blog: www.shareitscience.com
Don't worry about not being an expert in the sciences. As long as you are enthusiastic, your students will be. There is nothing wrong with admitting to kids you don't know the answer to something, and finding the answer together!
Good luck!

Sarah Benton Feitlinger
Sarah Benton
1730 Activity Points

Tue Dec 06, 2016 12:01 AM

Thank you for the resources

Brittany Gilchrest
Brittany Gilchrest
1105 Activity Points

Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:51 AM

I am in a first grade classroom, and I will say, science is so great if it's hands-on and relatable to them. If you are going to teach light energy. Show them what it means to turn off a light, and how that means the light energy has stopped. Teach them the difference between natural light energy and man-made energy through the things in your classroom. Hope this helps!

Sabrina Galloway
Sabrina Galloway
590 Activity Points

Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:22 PM

STEM scopes is a great resource. The website contains 5E lesson plans that are ready for use.

Alexia Perry
Alexia Perry
745 Activity Points

Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:01 AM

Definitely use the NSTA learning center! I think that you should just make sure prepare yourself throughout each unit in order to be knowledgable about what you are teaching. Also, STEMscopes is a really great source. It provides with many ideas for 5E lessons, different activities for all learners, setup videos, etc.
Good Luck!

Sandra Rubio
Sandra Rubio
785 Activity Points

Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:36 PM

I highly recommend STEMscopes, they have a variety of different resources that you can include in your science lesson plans.

Good Luck!

Ictzel Barron
Ictzel Barron
975 Activity Points

Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:51 AM

Hello,

I am currently student teaching and I have used brain pop Jr. and smart exchange. Brian pop has a lot of cook videos that you can use to engage the students and you can also find tons of activities on smart exchange. Hope this helps!

Anh-Thu Nguyen
Anh-Thu Nguyen
735 Activity Points

Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:46 PM

I like your idea of bringing cooking into the classroom. Many students do not know that when we are in the kitchen cooking we are experimenting with flavors, what compliments others, measuring, mixing, and experimenting with temperatures and how long it takes to cook something. I think this is a great way to have a hands on learning experience in the classroom. This is also something that will help the students make connections to their home lives when their family members cook.

Araceli Garcia
Araceli Garcia
980 Activity Points

Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:17 PM

Use Stem Scopes and Science Fusion

Diane Soto
Diane Soto
845 Activity Points

Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:38 AM

Hi! I too am getting closer to finishing my training for teaching. I am in my student teaching year. As opposed to many other universities and programs, my student teaching goes a full year, spending only 3 days at the elementary, and 2 days at the university. Anyways, I am in a course about science teaching that has us create 5E lessons to help make it more engaging for students. You have probably heard of this lesson plan style. It is good to get students much more interested in the content you're teaching.

Courtney Black
Courtney Black
975 Activity Points

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