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Getting girls involved in Science
Something that always peaked my interest in science (because I was/am not really a fan) was when the teachers figured out what my interests were and made it relatable in the lessons. I was big into marine biology when I was a kid and we did units on the oceans. Also, making sure the activities were ...

by Erin Scroggin > Yesterday, 10:32 PM

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Getting girls involved in Science
I can agree that girls are not as interested in science as compared to boys. One way I think to get girls more interested in science is provide more hands on activities. When we present these hands on activities we as teachers should be sure to connect them to a real world application to enhance the...

by Shawn Lightener > Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:00 PM

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Elementary Science
Love this site!
I am a future educator and I am glad I found this site because it is packed with so many engaging and informative activities

by Ashley Rodriguez > Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:38 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
STEM activities
Hi everyone,  I am currently doing my Student Teaching in a second grade Math/Science class. Can anyone give me any suggestions on how I could implement STEM with my ELL students?  Thank you in advance :)

by Gabriella Quintanilla > Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:00 AM

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STEM
Incorporating holidays into science lessons
I loved reading about the ideas that have been shared on this thread. Like some people said, it is very important to consider the students that do not celebrate certain holidays. This year, I have had a student's parents disclose that they wish for their student to not participate in class activitie...

by Adrienne Laygan > Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:08 AM

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Elementary Science
STEM Implementation Ideas
Hey Desiree! I am a preservice teacher who will begin teaching full time next Fall, so I have also been wondering the same thing. I feel like the best way we can implement STEM in our classroom is by having the students engage in hands on activities. I am currently looking into creating unit lo...

by Jessica Mercado > Sun Dec 10, 2017 12:25 AM

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STEM
Student Teacher
I am also student teaching in a 4th grade class. I love the information Pamela has responded to your post with. I hope that I can do many stem activities in my class so that learning is hands on and interesting to my students.

by Madeline Downs > Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:50 PM

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New Teachers
Incorporating holidays into science lessons
I love that you have taken the time to find activities that make learning authentic for students. Holidays are easily incorporated into nearly every other subject area, and now science!! I will definitely be using this in the future. Thanks for sharing!

by Madeline Downs > Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:34 PM

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Elementary Science
Teacher-to-be looking for STEM advice
Hi! I'm a student teacher, looking to incorporate more STEM activities in my classroom. I am currently in a 3rd grade math/science classroom, and I would love to hear any advice you have to give! Thanks in advance! Lauren

by Lauren Howard > Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:57 AM

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New Teachers
Early Childhood Education
What advice can be given to me as a student teacher that can help me come up with activities that make science content fun and interesting to those early childhood students? 

by Claudia Rubio > Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:24 AM

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Early Childhood
STEM activities
Hello everyone, I am currently a student teacher and need some help finding engaging STEM activities! if you know any good resources let me know:)

by Sonia Reyes > Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:51 AM

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New Teachers
Virtual Reality
I never would have thought about incorporating virtual reality into the classroom at all, but I really think it's a great idea. It could be used for any topic since there are so many options on scenarios, and I think it would also be really motivating for kids. I'm not sure of any specific sources o...

by Stephanie Blunk > Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:42 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Getting girls involved in Science
I can also agree that a lot of times girls aren't interested in science. I was one of them. One of the things I've learned from both my college classes and my job at a daycare is that the more hands-on activities are, the better success you have at getting students (and not just boy students, girls ...

by Stephanie Blunk > Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:06 PM

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Elementary Science
STEM and Fairy Tales
I think this would be great to use. I believe that STEM needs to be expanded for our younger students and what better way than to incorporate engineering and fairy tales into the lesson. It's hands on and fun. Even though I'm student teaching currently in the fourth grade classroom, I can see myself...

by Jessica Lopez > Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:04 PM

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STEM
STEM
Hello everyone,  I was wondering if anyone could provide me with some engaging STEM activities that I could incorporate into my fourth grade classroom. 

by paola benito > Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:37 PM

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STEM
Student Teaching
I am currently student teaching a 4th-grade science class. I was wondering if anyone has any interesting and engaging STEM activities I can incorporate into my classroom?

by Stephen Truong > Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:19 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Teaching science
I was never a fan of science throughout my school years, I always thought it was boring and didn't really feel enthusiastic about the class up until now that I am taking a class on how to teach science. I love teaching science now, but I still have some trouble coming up with engaging ideas and acti...

by Vianey Lara > Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:56 PM

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General Science and Teaching
STEM in an ELL Classroom
I would like to know how I would be able to implement more STEM activities in a way that will make science for ELL's more engaging and for them to be able to understand the content better regardless of the language barrier. 

by Jennifer Rodriguez > Fri Dec 08, 2017 6:51 PM

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STEM
5E Lesson Plans
I enjoy 5E Lesson Plans across all curricular subjects, however, I don't think I would make it my primary lesson plan. I think a 5E lesson is good for science in that it allows for you to stay on track and to keep up with where you're at in a manner that makes the materials easy for students to unde...

by Sadie Backoff > Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:37 AM

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Elementary Science
Future Teacher
Hello, I am currently a senior at the University of Northern Iowa and I am getting ready to head into student teaching. I have always struggled with science concepts based on lack of interest in the lessons that were being taught. I am looking for some of your favorite lessons and activities that ar...

by Kia Widen > Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:30 AM

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Elementary Science
Teaching Earth Science for the first time
Hi, I have been learning about get to know you activities that are content based in my education classes at UNI. There is 4 corners. Have a questions about Earth science and give 4 possible answers and the students have to go pick a corner. Then the students that are in the corners together di...

by Brooke Bartels > Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:19 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Student Teacher
Hello, I am  a student teacher and I would love some advice incorporating STEM activities for my future classroom. 

by Jessica Lampion > Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:46 PM

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New Teachers
English Language Learners in the elementary Science classroom
Science offers many different ways to accommodate to ELL students within the classroom. For starters, science has made the push to focus on concepts, methods, and processes rather than harping on terminology. The shifted focus should be advantageous for ELL students because rather than focusing on v...

by Kevin Wahl > Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:56 PM

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Elementary Science
5E Lesson Plans
5E lesson plans are extremely beneficial for teaching science classes. The ability to allow the children to conduct their experiments early in the teaching process invites and introduces the children to inquiry-based learning. Rather than presenting the children with the steps and exact facts, this ...

by Kevin Wahl > Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:32 PM

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Elementary Science
Gardening in the Classroom
Hello there! I am currently in my Senior year at UNI and I have found that when teaching science in the Elementary the student thrive off of hands on activities. As a students myself I am a very hands on visual learner. I have also found this to be true with my students. I would highly encourage a ...

by Whitnie Hutchinson > Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:09 PM

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Elementary Science
Getting students involved and excited about science
I agree with everyone else! By making your activities hands-on and allowing for the students to explore the topic is going to be a great way for you to engage your students more, allowing them to be more excited about the lessons, and your lessons won't be so boring to the students. They will want t...

by Sadie Backoff > Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:00 PM

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Elementary Science
Getting students involved and excited about science
I also agree with the hands-on activities to get the students engaged. Another way that could work would be showing exciting videos or for the younger kids, reading a relatable book. Anything to really catch their attention can be beneficial.

by Erin Scroggin > Wed Dec 06, 2017 12:50 PM

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Elementary Science
Earth and Science
Hi! Here is a great website for STEM activities: https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/science-experiments-and-activities/ There are also some Christmas themed activities!

by Kia Shields > Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:26 AM

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Elementary Science
lesson suggestions for Elementary school students
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 abou...

by Katherine Lazo > Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:26 PM

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General Science and Teaching
NGSS textbook
If you are looking for a book that is aligned to NGSS, the HMH Biology 2017 program has a complete correlation to the standards and includes some resources that provide additional activities for engineering and performance based learning. But if you are looking for a book that was written specifica...

by Diane Fluty > Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:57 PM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Earth and Science
What are the best STEM activities and books to use in Earth and Science for elementary students?

by Eva Alvarado > Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:51 PM

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Elementary Science
Interaction with Force, Mass, and Motion
I think students really enjoy the Phet Simulations but also providing activities for students that they can do hands on I believe is more beneficial.

by Kylee Bader > Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:17 PM

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Physical Science
Getting students involved and excited about science
I agree! The more hands on activities you can incorporate as well as trying to integrate other subjects too!

by Sara Pierce > Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:34 AM

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Elementary Science
3rd Grade Question
Paxton, I'm sure this may seem like a tough lesson, and it can be at first. However, one of the first things I did with my 4th graders was to create a compost bin near our outdoor garden. If you don't have the room to accomplish that, try making a smaller version of a compost bin in a 5 gallon bucke...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:03 PM

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New Teachers
Getting girls involved in Science
I really like and agree with Amy S's idea of creating some sort of competition between the boys and girls - of course, stressing that it is not "life or death" and it's just for fun. Girls at this age love to prove themselves to other boys, and if they can beat them, it makes them proud and confiden...

by Haley Wiebenga > Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:51 PM

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Elementary Science
Teaching Earth Science for the first time
This website is very helpful and does offer engaging experiments and activities for students. Thanks!

by Kia Shields > Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:03 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Teaching Earth Science for the first time
Hi! I have heard about Project Wet and looked at an activities book from one of their conferences. One activities I have done is the path of a water drop. Stations are set up around the room such as Ground Water, River, Cloud, etc. Students are given a pipe cleaner and roll a dice at each station...

by Kia Shields > Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:02 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Science observation
Hi! Here is a website with many engaging activities for students for all ages https://www.education.com/activity/science/

by Kia Shields > Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:44 PM

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Elementary Science
Kindergarten activities
Hi! Here is a website that gives a lot of kindergarten activities. https://www.pinterest.com/explore/kindergarten-science-projects/?lp=true I actually have done the clouds in a cup with shaving cream and dye with my group and my classmates really enjoyed it!

by Kia Shields > Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:49 PM

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Early Childhood
Teaching Earth Science for the first time
Chris- This is such a neat idea! In my schooling, I have done many get to know each other activities and many of them included throwing a ball around. This is a great activity for students to get to know one another, but also include science. While the students pass the inflatable globe they coul...

by Kelsey Ettleman > Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:31 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Gardening in the Classroom
Hi! I think this is a great idea. You could do so much with gardening and the students really enjoy it. I think it all depends on the space you have available. You can either section off a space outside in the school or use a bin to do it indoors. I remember when I was elementary my teacher gave us ...

by Brenda Toledo > Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:55 PM

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Elementary Science
The Early Years: Exploring Biodiversity
Hello everyone my name is Kadira Johnson and I wrote a quick review on what I thought about Peggy Ashbrook's article "The Early Years: Exploring Biodiversity." In Peggy Ashbrook's article she discusses the objectives teachers can use to teach students in pre-K to 2 nd grade about diversity of plant...

by Kadira Johnson > Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:17 PM

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Life Science
Incorporating holidays into science lessons
I think incorporating holidays to a science lesson is a great idea. As a future educator myself I ask myself the same question. One of my teacher friends using known experiments or activities and just add some holiday cheer, for example you can use the "sink or swim" water activity and you can use h...

by Liani Pierrot > Sat Dec 02, 2017 10:53 PM

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Elementary Science
Week 4 Articles
Topic: Classifying I read the article “Feet First” by Peggy Ashbrook. This article is about classifying animals by their feet. Kindergarteners are learning about different animals and their footprints. All feet are different and serve different functions. The teacher will begin the feet classificat...

by Kia Shields > Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:02 PM

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Early Childhood
Week 2 Articles
Topic: Environmental Education I read the article “The Dirt on outdoor Classrooms” by Steve Rich. In the introduction, the article discusses how teachers bring materials needed for an outdoor science lesson from inside the school building. Teachers have to remember to have all materials in hand i...

by Kia Shields > Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:00 PM

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Early Childhood
Increasing Student Engagement in Science Lessons
I have used Kahoot! as well, and my students absolutely love it! Not only are they engaged in the lesson, but they always ask when we are doing it again! We have an iPad cart at our school, which makes using this program possible. I am currently working on making my own activities in Kahoot!

by Jennifer Wimberly > Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:35 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Article Review One
The Nature of Science in Early Childhood Education: This article mainly discusses how and if younger children can understand science. The article states that “Kindergarten, first, and second grade students begin to understand what science is” (Ashbrook, 2014). Around these early ages, student...

by Hannah Adams > Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:22 PM

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Early Childhood
Getting girls involved in Science
This post is something I have also thought about as a pre-service teacher. I think the best thing to do is to make sure all science activities are geared towards both girls and boys and their interests. I do like the idea of having an after school program or activity where girls can go and learn abo...

by Kylie Sheets > Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:15 AM

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Elementary Science
States of Matter Lesson Ideas
I taught matter to a group of 2nd grade students through inquiry activities. Some of the students' favorite experiments included melting crayon art, vinegar and baking soda, and seeing a popsicle freeze and then melt again. In addition to the inquiry activities, I tried to give them materials that t...

by Rachael Rice > Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:31 PM

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Elementary Science
Incorporating holidays into science lessons
Hi London, These activities are so fun and easy to do, thank you so much for sharing. Also, thank you for providing the detailed steps!

by Lindsay Thompson > Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:15 PM

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Elementary Science
Solar System Lesson Plan
When I consider a replica of the solar system with my fifth graders I immediately think of relative distances between planets. Usually by fifth grade they have made the traditional models with the planets in perfect orbits right next to each other. This, however, is a big misconception. There are...

by Tracey Williams > Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:38 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Helping Students Become Excited About Space
Hello, my name is Adam Salberg and I am a pre-service teacher, currently preparing to student teach in a 7th grade classroom. One of the main topics in the class is astronomy. I am pretty excited to teach about space, but I am concerned that students might not be interested. It seems that space can ...

by Adam Salberg > Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:36 PM

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Earth and Space Science
article review 14
I read an article named “Perspective, Helping Students Understand the Nature of Science”. In this article, the author emphasized the importance of helping student understand the nature of science. She divided the article into four parts. The first part of them is what is meant by the “nature of scie...

by Ling Xu > Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:16 PM

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Early Childhood
article review 10
Title: Reading Logs: Writing to Learn and Reading to Assess How does a teacher know if the students grasp the knowledge and arrive the standard? It is a hot question between teaching and assessing. In the article, the author points out an interesting way to stimulate students’ learning and to exam ...

by Ling Xu > Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:13 PM

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Early Childhood
article review 9
Title: Say “Yes” to measure metrics It is interesting to know the truth that there are a lot of efforts to achieve in measure metrics, in other words, the U.S. education system in metrics is not so satisfying (Eula &Marvin, 2000). The author of the article poses her idea that improving metric educa...

by Ling Xu > Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:12 PM

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Early Childhood
article review 4
I read an article which combines 5E circles and using technology to enhance learning and the name of the article is “Inventive Learning Stations”. Olga Jarrett finds that students loved doing science and that I could engage them in investigations with few materials if I set up hands-on learning stat...

by Ling Xu > Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:07 PM

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Early Childhood
article reviews 1
I read an article named “ classifying classification”. In the article, the author stresses that the students should do the science but not just learn from the teacher. And then the author sorts the scientific projects into five different categories.  In the first part, the author emphasizes the imp...

by Ling Xu > Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:03 PM

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Early Childhood
Kindergarten activities
I read an article named “ classifying classification”. In the article, the author stresses that the students should do the science but not just learn from the teacher. And then the author sorts the scientific projects into five different categories. In the first part, the author emphasizes the imp...

by Ling Xu > Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:57 PM

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Early Childhood
Kindergarten activities
some activities will be great, for example, the ABC books

by Ling Xu > Wed Nov 29, 2017 2:54 PM

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Early Childhood
Getting students involved and excited about science
I would make the lessons and activities hands-on. Get the students moving around and interacting with classmates. This will help build the energy in the room and keep the lessons engaging. Find out what the students interests are and build on that to meet their needs. Let the students have choice in...

by Olivia Wooff > Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:51 PM

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Elementary Science
Getting girls involved in Science
I think establishing a safe and comfortable environment in the classroom would help all students be themselves and be open to others. Getting the students engaged in lessons would come with hands-on lessons and activities. Also, letting the students have choice in what they do for projects, experime...

by Olivia Wooff > Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:42 PM

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Elementary Science
Matter and Properties
What are some engaging activities you've tried that can be used to help students to explore the three states of matter? Additionally, what are some activities for classifying properties of matter? 

by Rachel Wagner > Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:59 AM

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Elementary Science
Elementary Astronomy
I love this idea! I have seen astronomy night done in college campuses but not on the elementary level. I believe the students will be extremely involved in activities involving astronomy and a night can be used as a review for Earth science.

by Isis Mena > Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:05 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Astronomy Night
I love this idea! I have seen astronomy night done in college campuses but not on the elementary level. I believe the students will be extremely involved in activities involving astronomy and a night can be used as a review for Earth science.

by Isis Mena > Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:48 PM

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Life Science
Teach STEM Outside!
Starting a garden and observing the solar eclipse are some great ways to get students engaged in science outdoors. I sympathize with teachers and students whose schools have a limited amount of outdoor space. This calls for extra creativity on our part to diversify students' experience with science....

by Jordan Hammerand > Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:57 AM

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Research in Science Education
Teaching Biology to young students
Hello! I am an education student and I will be starting my student teaching in the next year. I plan to teach elementary students and I am very interested in teaching early reading, however, I also LOVE science, particularly Biology. I have considered teaching secondary school to teach science but I...

by Rebecca Leahy > Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:39 PM

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Life Science
Getting students involved and excited about science
Hello, I have found an article on how to make students engaged and excited to learn ! http://www.teachhub.com/5-teaching-strategies-keep-class-interesting Make sure you're a very interactive teacher and you make it fun and engaging to learn. I have found that many experiments, and hands ...

by London Eaves > Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:39 PM

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Elementary Science
Kindergarten Centers
Recently, I have been working a lot with Pre-K/Kindergarten students. I've noticed that they always look forward to their "centers". I feel like the learn the most from their centers and the activities they get involved with. I think some great activities include observation activities that focus on...

by Amanda Morales > Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:16 PM

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Elementary Science
4th Grade Science
It is sad to hear that they do not have recess, but I'm glad you want to make a difference and give them some outside time in an educational way. Some great activities cold be an animal scavenger hunt, sorting, comparing and categorizing a forest, learning about different clouds and they can observ...

by Cassandra Delgado > Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:43 PM

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Elementary Science
Kindergarten Centers
Hi linda! There are so many things to do to engage your students in you're classroom, especially with science. Kindergarten students are very antsy and love to get out of their seat and engage in learning. I found a few centers you can have in your classroom to enhance learning. You ...

by London Eaves > Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:28 PM

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Elementary Science
Teaching Lab Safety
Hi Carolyn, I LOVE this idea! By adding in the idea of a scavenger hunt, the students see it less as work and more of a fun game that will engage them. I tend to teach younger children, so I would love to adapt this to their age group. Perhaps in the form of rhyming words, more like a hint to wha...

by Kaitlyn Santi > Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:21 PM

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Chemistry
Using Science Notebooks for Assessment/Evaluation
I feel that science notebooks can be a great way to evaluate and assess students. Science notebooks give students a place to document their thinking and changes in their thinking during the learning process. As students document their thinking, teachers can check for understanding, which can then fa...

by Julie Morales > Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:50 PM

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Evaluation and Assessment
4th Grade Science
Ecosystem scavenger hunts are great. Also, we've done investigations were we observe worms and how they interact with the soil. We also have a school garden that we take care of. The following websites might help: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/education/curriculum/worms/98activities.pdf http...

by CHARLES HAYES > Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:16 AM

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Elementary Science
5E Lesson Plans
Hi Emily! 5E lessons are the best ways to get students more engaged in the lesson and give them a chance to get out of their seats and move around. The students can learn how make up investigations and come up with questions to make up better ways to go through the experiment. Hands-on experimen...

by Jessica Armstrong > Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:17 PM

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Elementary Science
Question
What are some great hands-on activities to teach students about density, mass, and volume?

by Jessica Nuspliger > Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:55 PM

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New Teachers
Hands-on activities
Hi there Beverly, Hi there, I really like science and doing hands on activities. I think you might like an activity about chromatography. You can have the students learn about how all the colors make up the color black. By using easy to find materials like a coffee filters, a marker, a tra...

by Grisdel Macoto > Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:24 AM

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Chemistry
Ecology
Hey Thank you so much for these great activities. The Carbon sequestering is a great activity, especially that you can take the children outside of the normal every day in class lessons. The biodiversity of rivers/creeks is a great observing activity being able to collect and group the samples t...

by jenneffer pinto > Sat Nov 25, 2017 12:25 AM

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Life Science
Teaching GT Students
Hi Morgan, Thank you so much! Videos and using advanced activities are great ideas! Best, Tara

by Tara Narang > Fri Nov 24, 2017 2:09 PM

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Elementary Science
Teaching GT Students
Hi Tara, Gifted and talented students often need to be pushed past what is expected of them in order to be engaged and enjoy what they are learning. I feel by maybe, depending on your lesson put a short video on to initially get their interest. Like you said they often need more depth in certain ...

by Morgan Bell > Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:32 PM

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Elementary Science
How to get your students engaged
Hello Jazmin! My advice to you when it comes to keeping students engaged with a classroom discussion is to keep it open. Ask open-ended questions and give students time to answer and explain what they need to say. I would also recommend doing inquiry lessons and hands on activities. Most students...

by Alexis Martinez > Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:20 AM

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New Teachers
New Teacher
Hello Brittanee! My advice to you is to always do inquiry lessons. These will help get your students thinking and wanting to know more. I would also recommend hands on activities. I work at a preschool currently and see that when the activities are hands on, they tend to learn more and their atte...

by Alexis Martinez > Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:13 AM

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Early Childhood
Teaching ELLs Space and Science
What about if you play some games with them that integrate both language learning and science vocabulary? https://eslactivities.com/bingo.php?fileID=3a5442d1d299723ac...858&step=2 on this website it allows you to make your own bingo games where you put the vocabulary and then clues and it creates...

by Karina Gonzalez > Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:14 PM

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Elementary Science
Teaching Science Lesson for the First Time
I just taught my first science lesson as a pre-service teacher a few weeks ago to a group of first graders as well! I was a bit nervous at first, but when I saw how much the students were enjoying the lesson, my nerves went away. I have found that there are many great lesson plans in the resources s...

by Hannah Ballantyne > Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:53 PM

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Elementary Science
Class Size
Hello everyone! I currently am a preservice teacher and have been observing in a freshman biology classroom. Next semester I will take over the classroom and begin full-time student teaching. All of the classes I will be teaching are extremely small, ranging from 6 students to 14 students. While I a...

by Maci Budzik > Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:45 PM

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Physical Science
Getting girls involved in Science
Hi Amber, As a female college student who never really enjoyed science in high school or middle school I would say that the only reason I like science now is because of all the hands on activities and group work my professor makes us do. Hands on activities are always fun and isn't that the poi...

by Liani Pierrot > Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:47 PM

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Elementary Science
activities that MATTER
Thanks so much for the great ideas, James! That experiment sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks so much, Megan! You all gave me such great resources, I'm wondering how to fit all of these great ideas in my lessons now! 

by Jordan Ota > Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:01 PM

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Physical Science
Ecology
Hey! I am about to start my Student Teaching in the spring as well! Good luck! I am currently in Ecology this fall semester here at my university and in my lab we do some great activities. I'm not sure what level you are teaching but some of them could probably simplified to meet your standar...

by Christopher Hunt > Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:17 PM

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Life Science
Incorporating holidays into science lessons
As holidays approach students get anxious and have a harder time focusing in class. I am a pre-service teacher at UMBC, and with Thanksgiving arriving in a couple of days, I certainly have been having a hard time focusing in class. It makes me think how elementary school students are doing at this t...

by Lindsay Thompson > Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:35 PM

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Elementary Science
Teaching ELLs Space and Science
What is the best method or resource I should obtain in order to teach ELLs the concept of Earth and space? What are some STEM activities that I can use to help students that are below grade level and struggle with the English language being a beginner ELL? I can give them pictures and definitions, b...

by Jennie Chen > Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:05 PM

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Elementary Science
Heredity activities
Thank you for your insight Joselyn! I will look into those activities!

by Rachael Bickel > Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:37 PM

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Life Science
Heredity activities
Thank you so much for the reply Laura! I will be looking into these activities!

by Rachael Bickel > Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:35 PM

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Life Science
What does STEM teaching look like?
After reading through many discussions regarding STEM in the classroom, I am inspired to implement STEM in my future classroom as well! I am a pre-service teacher living in Houston, TX and will graduate with my Teaching and Learning degree in May. Once I have my own classroom, I plan to implement...

by Paxton Tsika > Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:17 PM

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STEM
Unique Labs for Forces and Motion
When teaching the topics of forces and motion within the physical science classroom, are there any go to labs that are extremely impactful and memorable for students? I really want my students to experience this topic first hand since there is the capability to do so. I am on a block schedule and se...

by Alexandria Twichell > Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:55 PM

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Physical Science
Fun activities to Teach the Topic of Waves
I am a preservice teacher in an honors physical science classroom. In a couple of weeks I will be taking over my classroom for full time student teaching and will be covering the physics related curriculum in physical science. Specifically for the topic of "waves" I was wondering if anyone had any m...

by Alexandria Twichell > Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:43 PM

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Physical Science
Using Nonfiction Texts in Secondary Science
Hi Gillian-- You have an interesting idea, to expose students to scientific writing. Very few of our students would have access to traditional journals, and the articles are often not written in reader-friendly language. So perhaps starting with high-interest articles could work. I like the S...

by Mary Bigelow > Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:48 PM

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New Teachers
Student Teacher
Hi Vanessa! Thanks for volunteering at a science center! This is a great way to see how science integrates with "real life" and, as you said, learn about activities that can be used in the classroom. These centers often offer workshops for teachers, too. In the school I was with, we could get ins...

by Mary Bigelow > Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:36 PM

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New Teachers
Bird Cams- Up and Running
Thanks for this insightful, great idea Patricia As a preservice teacher I am constantly on the look out for hands on, extensive activities like the bird cam for my future students and students that I currently work with tutoring or field experience. I like the idea of an animal cam/bird cam. It's...

by Julie Bentley > Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:57 PM

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Informal Science
Student Teacher
Hi Ruth, I am a pre-service teacher and have recently completed volunteer hours at the Maryland Science Center where there are a lot of STEM based activities that can be potentially be incorporated into your classroom. I definitely recommend checking it out and there is a high chance of finding a...

by Vanessa Gonzalez > Thu Nov 16, 2017 7:07 PM

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New Teachers
Lecture vs. activities/Inquiry/Everything Else
With me being in my final year as an education major, I have been introduced to numerous ways to get students learning. Inquiry has been a large portion of that. As much as I love hands on activities and inquiry lessons, there is science content that needs to be addressed in a traditional setting th...

by Mike Moran > Thu Nov 16, 2017 1:22 PM

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Physical Science
How to get your students engaged
I am not yet a teacher. I am in my last year of the education program at UH and am a student teacher at an elementary. I work with a fourth grade teacher and am responsible for teaching the science lesson. To keep my students engaged in science we do a lot of hands on activities and experiment, wh...

by nadia bhojwani > Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:38 PM

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New Teachers