Early Childhood

Engagement for the lesson

Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:46 PM

What ways other then children science literature can teachers use to engage students on a science lesson?

Lorena Solis
Lorena Solis
820 Activity Points

Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:51 PM

Hey! I think doing an activity with the class that intrigues them or gets students thinking and curious is a good way to engage the class. I also just read about a season lesson where the teacher dressed up and showed different props and clothing that would be used for different seasons. She then had her class guess what season she would use the clothes and props for. That was a fun little game that got student's attention and got them excited for the lesson. :)

Daniela Morales
Daniela Morales
485 Activity Points

Sat Nov 26, 2016 10:25 PM

I find that students always enjoy BrainPop Videos as a means of introducing a new topic. It gets them excited and the videos also give them an introductory amount of factual information I also often utilize the many videos available on Youtube. I'm sure if you search you will be able to find a song or a cartoon about the topic your lesson is about.

Krystal Andreu
Krystal Andreu
2285 Activity Points

Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:46 PM

I have found that kids really enjoy hands on activities in lessons rather than traditional paper and pencil. Kids tend to be more engaged when they are doing things up out of their seats. It plays into the different multiple intelligence and gets them working socially with others.

Holly Buten
Holly Buten
740 Activity Points

Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:00 PM

To make your science lessons engaging from the start, I think young children need hands on activities. Activities that will require them to move around, use manipulative, and make connections to the outside world.

Maritza Grajeda
maritza grajeda
1455 Activity Points

Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:14 PM

I have found that students love to act things out. Have them get up and move, they love it! Acting things out or using tools that provide a hands-on experience.

Alexis Rodriguez
Alexis Rodriguez
1350 Activity Points

Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:56 AM

I have found that reading a really interesting book as an engagement for a lesson really works too, especially if the kids are involved with reading the book! Students really latch on to hands-on activities too!

Amy Lu
Amy Lu
990 Activity Points

Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:04 PM

This is so true! For teaching matter, it is really fun to have to students read Oobleck, and then get to explore oobleck's properties later in the lesson.

Raquel Bruner
Raquel Bruner
755 Activity Points

Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:59 PM

Hi Lorena! I think grabbing their attention by showing them what the lesson will be about can be a good engagement, for example, I recently did a lesson on soil, i showed my students the three different types of soil for them to see and feel.

Anna Suarez
Anna Suarez
640 Activity Points

Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:18 PM

I recently did a lesson on the movement and phases of the moon in class and our engage was great! We had all of the students stand up and take turns being the sun, moon, and earth in front of the class. We would go over the movement and importance each plays in the overall process and everyone was enjoying it! This being said, any activity that can get the kids up and understanding the topic in a different way is great!

Ryan Alder
Ryan Alder
765 Activity Points

Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:59 PM

I agree! That sounds like a really wonderful, fun, and engaging lesson on the phases of the moon. Another great idea for helping them to understand those concepts, is to turn off the lights in the classroom, and only provide one bright source of light that represents the sun. Have the students hold balls or foam balls in one hand to represent the moon. The students hold their moons at about face level. Their heads serve as the "Earth". Have them rotate in small groups in front of the light source. Assess if they understand what phase the moon is in, based on the shadow castes from the "earth".

Raquel Bruner
Raquel Bruner
755 Activity Points

Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:32 AM

I think someone else mentioned this already, but BrainPop videos are great. They have lessons, activities, and assessments to help a teacher through a lesson. I think that YouTube has some great videos as well, but need to be researched by the teacher in advance. I also think that doing some of the activities that are in the students' science books is a great way to create text-to-self connections. There are usually many simple activities that are scattered around the textbook that the teacher can do in class.

Dinaz Lokhandwalla
Dinaz Lokhandwalla
1115 Activity Points

Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:02 PM

I like using BrainPop as well! I find many great activity ideas on Teachingchannel.org. Teachers post really great resources and videos of their lessons on that website.

Raquel Bruner
Raquel Bruner
755 Activity Points

Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:50 PM

I agree that presenting students with some form of technology, in this case an educational credible video, is quite engaging. I have showed students videos in the engaging part of previous lessons and they have focused throughout the entire video which has lead to their overall engagement of the complete lesson. Thus, it's all about students' likes and interests!

Amy Villanueva
Amy Villanueva
1050 Activity Points

Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:30 PM

I agree, using technology can be a great resource to get students attention. I noticed that when my students know that they are going to watch a video they get excited to be moving out of their seats.

Ictzel Barron
Ictzel Barron
975 Activity Points

Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:59 AM

Take them outside to see science in the real world. Field observations are engaging and help children make connections to science when they are outdoors beyond class time.

Marianne Cane
Marianne Cane
660 Activity Points

Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:54 PM

I couldn't agree more! Being outside helps students to learn and engage with material they could not otherwise grasp as well, from within the classroom. Many science lessons just make more sense outdoors. This helps build connections by learning from real world examples and gets them more excited about the lesson.

Raquel Bruner
Raquel Bruner
755 Activity Points

Thu Dec 08, 2016 2:40 PM

One way that teachers can get their students to engage in a science lesson is by having them be physically involved during the lesson. For example, during a lesson about force and motion, the teacher could have the students come up with a way to get an object moving. During this time the teacher would have each student that comes up with an idea, come up to the front of the classroom to see if their idea will get the object to move. By having the students phyically come up to the front of the classroom and test an idea that they have, the teacher is using a portion of Howard Gardner's multipule inteligences theory.

Tim Kelly
Tim Kelly
695 Activity Points

Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:10 PM

You can engage students with fun activities like puzzles and scavenger hunts about the topic that you are about to teach. The students will be excited and they will be getting an idea on the topic that they are about to learn about.

Cecilia Goff
Cecilia Goff
855 Activity Points

Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:28 PM

Hands on activities are definitely the way to go! My students absolutely love it!

Ashley Scholl
Ashley Scholl
770 Activity Points

Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:26 PM

I could not agree more, having students actively involved I believe creates a deeper meaning and learning experience.

Tocha Moreno
Tocha Moreno
1095 Activity Points

Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:00 PM

I like using videos from Flocabulary. They have videos for all the content areas as well as for the different grade levels. The only thing is that you have to pay; however, they have free trials. I think it is a great resource for engaging students.

Mercedes Hernandez
Mercedes Hernandez
1230 Activity Points

Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:19 PM

I have never heard of Flocabulary. It is nice to see that they have the videos separated by content areas along with the different grade levels. This makes it seem like it will be easy to navigate. It crushes me when good resources have to be bought in order to use. Hopefully the school I am in would be willing to purchase a subscription in order to better benefit the teachers and the students.

Danielle Cadenhead
Danielle Cadenhead
845 Activity Points

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