Elementary Science

Fun way to introduce Science

Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:06 PM

Hello Everyone!

I am pursuing a degree in elementary education and I would like to know a good way to introduce the idea of scientific inquiry that students would really enjoy. I've heard of "black box" activities, but what other types of activities are there that would be a fun way to introduce science? 

Rafael Cerda
Rafael Cerda
75 Activity Points

Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:26 PM

I also remember watching videos to introduce science topics, but I really enjoyed when my teacher would have us do a mini experiment or activity before teaching the topic. It sparked everyone's interest and we were more eager to find out "why"

Emily Darnell
Emily Darnell
195 Activity Points

Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:56 PM

i think you could ask the students a fun science question on there first day to get them thinking about science and inquiring. You could ask them to say their names out loud and then ask them how they think the sound traveled to their ears. This will get them thinking about sound and getting them asking questions about sound and how it works. You could use any science question you wanted too to get them using their brains to want to think and learn more about science.

Caitlin Crawford
Caitlin Crawford
195 Activity Points

Mon Feb 05, 2018 3:46 PM

As a child I loved when my teacher introduced topics using the Magic School Bus or Bill Nye The Science Guy! Both videos really grabbed my attention and made me excited to learn about science topics. I hope this helps!

Morgan Ross
Morgan Ross
170 Activity Points

Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:37 PM

I think a fun way of getting students involved would be to ask students where they see science taking place in their day to day lives/activities. That would give them an opportunity to realize how many things are science related in our environment, and to keep the students always thinking scientifically.

Katherine Nornes
Katherine Nornes
40 Activity Points

Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:25 PM

I’m currently a 2nd grade student teacher, and I am constantly looking for great ways to introduce science to students as well. I found a website that offers great science ideas to implement in your classroom. For example, if you are introducing weather to your students, you can use the sensory weather bottles activity. It is a hands-on activity that is engaging for the students. It’s entertaining for the children, and it is also student-centered. Here is the link to that website: https://globaldigitalcitizen.org/36-stem-project-based-learning-activities. I hope it helps!

Jeanette Nguyen
Jeanette Nguyen
60 Activity Points

Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:55 PM

Hello, there are a variety of fun and creative ways to introduce science lessons. Students learn by using visuals and hands-on activities. I would recommend teachers to start of the lesson by reading a book, singing a song, or playing a video related to the subject being taught. The engagement portion of a lesson is critical because it needs to spark the student's interest, create a desire for learning, and recall prior knowledge. Remember to use real life materials and relatable topics that students can find engaging. Teachers can also initiate a lesson by asking a few questions and open a small discussion to verify what students know and give them an idea of what will be taught. Students love to engage in discussions because it allows them to share what they know or they think they know. Questions can help students learning development. Another idea, teachers can conduct an outdoors lesson to introduce certain subjects or use more visual activities that students will enjoy in order to engage their learning. Most importantly teachers do not forget to have fun during your own teaching experience, positive attitudes impact your students' academic success.

Darlyng Trujillo
Darlyng Trujillo
81 Activity Points

Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:53 PM

Hello,
I am currently a student teacher and am in a second grade classroom. What I have observed from my teacher is that the first thing you want to do is get the students attention by asking a question that relates to the lesson (a question that they will relate too: What do you wear when its cold outside? Do you wear a bathing suit when its snowing outside?). I also noticed that my teacher always shows a fun video or uses a PowerPoint at the beginning of her lesson. I can tell that this really engages the students and it also makes it fun for them to learn. I know that when I was in school my science teachers would always start their lesson by showing us Bill Nye the Science Guy videos. I also have observed in other classrooms that some teachers start off by singing songs or have a read aloud based on the lesson. Since it is a science class you will never go wrong by starting with a fun mini experiment, this will super engaging for the students. Lastly, do fun activities like for example in my class we were learning about shadows so what the teacher did was take the class outside and let them observe and create their own shadows, then they had to record their finding in their science journals.

Miriam Luna
Miriam Luna
115 Activity Points

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