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Gardening at school with young children
I think it is a wonderful idea to practice children with gardening from the early ages itself. This will sure make them aware about the importance of having plants around us. And I believe that it is one of the best outdoor activities. Consumer Triple Play

by Alex Paul > Today, 7:53 AM

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Early Childhood
Gardening at school with young children
Its a great influence on children and make them aware of the importance of plants in the locality and how to manage a garden. A school garden is a great way to spend some quality time outdoors with children. tablet pc wholesale

by Taylor Shaw > Today, 7:06 AM

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Early Childhood
Gardening at school with young children
I am appreciating the students who took the effort to maintain the garden in all season. It’s a good habit for students I think. Many people today support children to involve in such activities apart from the curriculum programs. armycalling.com

by Kent Lee > Yesterday, 7:51 AM

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Early Childhood
Getting girls involved in Science
Although I am still working through my graduate program and have had minimal time in the classroom, I have worked for almost two years at a very popular science center working with thousands upon thousands of school children. I can say from experience that girls love science!!! I have worked with ma...

by Brittney Geelhaar > Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:24 PM

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Elementary Science
Garden activities
I love the Project Wild activities! I have the book and it contains a lot of great activities that bring the outside, indoors. I had no ideas that they had a resource page online, I will definitely be checking it out.

by Heather Harkless > Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:21 PM

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Life Science
First Day of School Science activities
I think the first day of school sets the tone for the rest of the school year. As a future teacher, I want my students to be engaged and focused during science. I love all of the shared ideas throughout this post and I am looking forward to implementing them in my future classroom. I want to prom...

by Heather Harkless > Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:16 PM

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Life Science
Great STEM Resource
 Looking for STEM ideas or support? A great resource is the Facebook closed group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/STEMteachertribe/ Lots of ideas and interaction from teachers who are teaching STEM. Once you join the group you can ask your questions there and will get lots of fee...

by Wendy Goldfein > Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:02 AM

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STEM
Getting Parents Involved
Hello Kaylee, I will be starting my student teaching next fall, so I found your post very helpful. I agree with what Mary and Jessica said in their responses. I think it is a great idea to make resources available to parents that were not accessible to them. I also agree you should form a good rela...

by Lindsay Thompson > Wed Oct 18, 2017 11:02 AM

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New Teachers
STEM Resources
This is a website that has STEM activities, resources, and various other information. The lessons and activities are created by real classroom teachers and high school students for classrooms of various ages/grade levels.  http://gamingresearchintegrationforlearninglab.com/

by Taylor Walden > Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:44 AM

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STEM
Climate Change
Hello, my name is Taylor and I am currently a student teacher. Later this school year I will be teaching a unit on climate change. Any resources or activities other teachers may be willing to share would be greatly appreciated. 

by Taylor Walden > Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:36 PM

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Life Science
Kindergarten activities
In my opinion, you can do some hand-on activities with students so that they can concentrate on your instructions. www.fcrr.com This website is a good place where you can find some activities to apply in your classroom. I think that you can show a video first which give your students a hook, then do...

by Yu Ni > Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:34 AM

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Early Childhood
New Teacher
I love your plan to create a sense of wonder in your students. I have several activities that help with this. One is to find something intriguing that fits in your pocket and have students use yes or no questions to try to figure out what it is. I have used lichen and gastroliths successfully. For a...

by Susan Farmer > Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:49 PM

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New Teachers
English Language Learners in the elementary Science classroom
Juanny- I really like your ideas for better assisting ELL students. It is very important for English-language learners to get plenty of practice just saying the words aloud. Because of this, I like how you mentioned the idea of playing a simple game to practice scientific words. You mentioned tha...

by Jillian Haberichter > Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:33 PM

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Elementary Science
Suggest Elementary-Middle School Science Curriculum
For physical science, definitely get the Phenomenon-Based Learning Books (from NSTA Press) and accompanying materials (from Arbor Scientific). Here are links to the elementary version http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781936959389 the middle-sch...

by James Dotson > Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:38 AM

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Elementary Science
In desperate need of conceptual physics curriculum/activites
Hi Joe, I can recommend a couple of resources that might get you started. As the year progresses, you can check back and let us know what you need. AAPT's The Physics Classroom has many resources that are available to physics teachers. There is an online textbook for students as well as te...

by Ruth Hutson > Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:43 PM

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Physical Science
Urban Habitat
Dear Victoria I recommend to you the I-Naturalist repository (inaturalist.org) and the Encyclopedia of Life (eol.org). These two web pages, although they are different institutions, the two complement each other. With EOL, you can create collections of living things of any kind, and since it works ...

by Juan Felipe Restrepo Mesa > Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:35 AM

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Elementary Science
Hydroponic gardens in the classroom
Happy to help, Rachel! Keep up the great hands on activities and ideas. This opens up science and excites students. jj

by James Johnson > Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:11 AM

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Life Science
Classroom Management
Hi Katie -- It's true that good classroom management comes with experience, as you discover what does, and does not, work with your students. It's important for students to get excited about what they are doing. But channeling that excitement and focusing on safety is important, too. This blog m...

by Mary Bigelow > Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:09 PM

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Elementary Science
In desperate need of conceptual physics curriculum/activites
Joe, Definitely get the Phenomenon-Based Learning books sold by NSTA Press. They're full of great physics activities, along with information on how to teach physics with more student engagement. The activities are very easy for you to use, with the activities and thought-provoki...

by James Dotson > Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:59 PM

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Physical Science
Teaching science outside of the classroom?
What a great opportunity to be able to learn outdoors! You could investigate life cycles through insects or trees. First graders love to "adopt-a-tree" and observe it over the course of a year. You might also look into the "Budburst Buddies" version of the Project BudBurst citizen science project. Y...

by Sarah Benton > Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:41 AM

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Early Childhood
activities that MATTER
Check out ACS website for middle school. I've used the activities for 5th up to 10th grade! http://middleschoolchemistry.com/

by Chris Herald > Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:59 PM

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Physical Science
Hydroponic gardens in the classroom
Hi Rachel. I worked for nine years at a private alternative ed school in NW PA and we used an indoor greenhouse in the winter and elevated planters when the weather was nice. I had kids up to 18 years old and they loved the opportunity to work with plants. Hydroponics is tough if you aren't th...

by James Johnson > Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:07 AM

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Life Science
Hydroponic gardens in the classroom
Hi, I teach skill building classes to adults with disabilities in Pittsburgh.  Our time for outdoor gardening is nearly over, and I have been looking into options for indoor, hydroponic gardens. Has anyone had success with classroom hydroponics? If so, what type of hydroponic system was used ( i.e....

by Rachel Redpath > Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:23 PM

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Life Science
Animals in the classroom?
It is slightly disappointing that there are so many hurdles to jump through, now, if a teacher wishes to acquire a classroom pet. I can appreciate concerns about allergies, but with proper precautions in a large enough classroom, I feel like it shouldn't be an issue. With that mindset, should we avo...

by Brittney Geelhaar > Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:48 PM

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Life Science
Field Trips
We study habitats and take our students to a place called outdoor Campus West in Rapid City. The students get to experience a whole bunch of habitats and even get to take a nature walk and go fishing. We do this as final activity to wrap up our habitat unit. Where in Iowa do you live? If you are cl...

by Brenda Velasco > Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:41 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Teaching Science in the classroom
Hi Carley -- What grade level does your mentor teach? If a state has a standardized test in science in the Spring (often in grades 4 and up), not having any science instruction in an entire semester could be a problem. We could certainly have a discussion about the importance of science and ...

by Mary Bigelow > Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:00 PM

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Research in Science Education
Any tips or advice?
Kindergarten students often have short attention spans, so you have to be careful when planning a lesson for them. Often, hands on engagement activities are the best way to keep them moving through the lesson. Creating things are often a good way to keep them busy and interested. I can agree wit...

by Victoria Krauss > Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:03 AM

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Elementary Science
activities that MATTER
I am currently putting together a lesson plan that will introduce fifth graders about matter. We will be learning about the 3 states of matter and the reasons why matter can change it's physical form. What fun and safe activities, or investigations, can display chemical and physical changes in the c...

by Jordan Ota > Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:40 PM

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Physical Science
STEM After School Program
Hi Molly, I found an article about an after-school club that discussed different pollutants and then changed some behaviors to try to solve some of the issue of pollution. This club in particular was for older elementary students, but do you think you may be able to adapt to a younger audience? ...

by Megan Doty > Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:40 PM

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Informal Science
Science Showcase
Hi Stephanie, What a fun idea! I found a couple of articles in the Learning Center that may be helpful, let me know what you think. This article has a list of many ideas, so you may be able to only use a few of them to keep things easier: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4...

by Megan Doty > Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:22 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Getting girls involved in Science
Let's admit up front that there is no single reason why girls disengage from the sciences after 7th grade. This is as complex as the bizarre network of social interactions that drive the lives of adolescents and teens. This bias is certainly a concern driven by society as a whole. Let's start ...

by Richard Varner > Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:04 AM

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Elementary Science
Classroom Management
Hello Breanna, I think it is so cool that your kids were so engaged in the lesson! I know that is such an exciting feeling. Classroom management can be difficult especially when students are exposed to different teaching styles. I agree with the users above, modeling is such a great way to demon...

by Jessica Holman > Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:49 AM

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Professional Development
How to get your students engaged
Hello Jazmin, There are a couple of ways to help kids focused on the activities you are doing. First, make the activity relevant to the student's life. Ask them open-ended questions to get them involved in the classroom discussion. Develop some engaging scenarios and ask them what they would d...

by Ruth Hutson > Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:35 PM

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New Teachers
Concerns as a new teacher!
Hi Alma, I couldn't agree with you more. In successful elementary school classroom, science is incorporated as a co-curricular activity. Student apply their reading, math, and writing skills as they learn science concepts. When my children were in elementary school, they learned science using ...

by Ruth Hutson > Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:16 PM

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New Teachers
Getting girls involved in Science
Hello Amber! My name is Bethany and I am currently a college student studying elementary education. Last semester, I taught a series of science lessons to a small group of second graders. In one of the first lessons we did, we read the book Ada Twist, Scientist. Not only did the students love the ...

by Bethany Piotter > Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:46 AM

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Elementary Science
group activities
Hi Alberto, I found a few articles with some ideas for activities to teach the seasons. I hope they help! First, this article offers some trade books and then a whole-class activity. You may be able to make this activity work for small groups as well: http://common.nsta.org/resource/default...

by Megan Doty > Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:59 AM

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Early Childhood
technology in the classroom
Hi Gracie, I found an article in the Learning Center that gives some tips about using technology in a classroom. It discusses a seventh grade classroom, but maybe the tips towards the end of the article may give you some ideas to use in Early Childhood: http://common.nsta.org/resource/default...

by Megan Doty > Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:38 AM

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Early Childhood
Kindergarten Centers
Hi Linda! I found a site where I found many activities for kindergarten https://www.education.com/activity/kindergarten/science/ I found some activities that were interesting like the "Make rain" and "Where Do I live? An Animal Habitat Game". Hope this helps!

by Jeanette Gonzalez > Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:45 PM

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Elementary Science
group activities
What are some group activities that will be fun for students when teaching the seasons?

by Alberto Lozano > Mon Sep 18, 2017 2:31 PM

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Early Childhood
Teaching science outside the classroom
I would agree with the idea to incorporate gardening as an outdoor activity. Even if your school does not have a lawn or other space, some boxes or a raised bed would work. Gardening can be an interdisciplinary activity with opportunities for real-world experiences. This is a popular topic in th...

by Mary Bigelow > Mon Sep 18, 2017 1:22 PM

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Early Childhood
Kindergarten activities
Hi Clarissa, I found a few activities that could be incorporated into a Kindergarten classroom to discuss different weather patterns. The first one includes four activities that this school used during a "Weather Day," but could easily be broken into four individual lessons: http://common.nst...

by Megan Doty > Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:15 AM

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Early Childhood
Teaching science outside the classroom
I have a few questions on how to make science fun and interesting but outside the classroom. What are some outside classroom hands on activities/ experiments that I can do to engage my students?  

by Mayra Gonzalez > Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:29 AM

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Early Childhood
Getting girls involved in Science
Hi Amber, I personally never liked science but as I grew older, I found it more and more interesting as the years went on. I think it all depends on how teachers teach science to their students. My science teachers never really did do anything fun and interesting in my classes. I think if a teache...

by Mayra Gonzalez > Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:22 AM

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Elementary Science
Getting girls involved in Science
Try using things that relate to the girls, such as giving the girls knowledge about other girls/women that are in the science field and how they started to work with science. Also, have hands on group activities and put all the girls in one group and all the boys in the other group. To see if by put...

by Linda Lerma > Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:20 AM

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Elementary Science
Kindergarten Centers
What are some engaging science activities for kindergarten centers to have in the classroom? 

by Linda Lerma > Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:07 AM

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Elementary Science
How to get your students engaged
I am not a teacher yet, I'm studying to be a bilingual educator for elementary, but I will be doing student teaching soon. So I was wondering if anybody has any advice on how I can keep the kids focused in their activities, and how to make them more engaged in classroom discussion?

by Jazmin Lozano > Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:05 AM

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New Teachers
Any tips or advice?
Kindergarten students are still learning about their environment. You can use opportunities to ask questions about everyday occurrences, and use students' misconceptions to teach simple hands-on activities.

by Marissa Moncada > Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:59 PM

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Elementary Science
Kinetic Theory activities
Hi Kathryn! Try these activities:

by Josefina Goodwin > Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:54 PM

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Physical Science
Teaching science outside of the classroom?
What possible activities or lessons could a 1st grade teacher conduct in an outdoor setting with their class when covering "Environmental Science"? 

by Alexander Velasquez > Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:54 PM

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Early Childhood
Hands on Science
Yes, children under the age of 7 love hands on activities and projects. Students are naturally curious about how things in the natural world work, which makes them respond well to science instruction. There are many activities that can be done by utilizing materials that can be found in the classroo...

by Jennifer Martinez > Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:09 PM

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Early Childhood
Kindergarten activities
When I am looking for any type of lesson for students I turn to Pinterest. Pinterest has so many great ideas that can be used in the classroom. Here is my science Pinterest board if you need some ideas, https://www.pinterest.com/lauren_aug/science/ . I'm glad you bring up science though, because ...

by Lauren Aug > Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:01 PM

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Early Childhood
activities/Tips
Any tips or activities that can be used to implement science in the classroom that'll keep students engaged

by Kimberly Vasquez > Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:25 PM

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Elementary Science
Student Teaching in Pre Kinder
Hi Juanny, I found a couple of resources with activities that may help. The first describes a nature walk that a bilingual preschool classroom took, which could be fun: http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc16_053_06_76. Also, I found another article about incorporating clay and...

by Megan Doty > Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:19 PM

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Early Childhood
activities in the Science classroom
Just like Wendi said, use literature as the engagement part of your science lesson. I use Picture Perfect Science books from NSTA for lessons throughout the year. It may be that I do a science demonstration on day 1 and ask probing questions about the results of the demo. Depending on the grade leve...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:34 PM

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Elementary Science
Kindergarten activities
I think there are a lot of hands on activities you can do for science with kindergarteners!! When teaching about the different states of matter with my second graders, I did a walk around the school and outside with them looking for the different states of matter. They really enjoyed it because they...

by Ashtyn Riley > Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:36 PM

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Early Childhood
Hands on Science
I encourage early childhood educators to use the book series, Young Scientists , to learn about science inquiry in a variety of settings. Worms, Shadows, and Whirlpools is another very helpful book. All these books have examples of teacher's documentation of their work with young children. ...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:57 AM

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Early Childhood
Gardening in the Classroom
I forgot -- one of my favorite activities is seed socks. https://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781941316368 or http://ngss.nsta.org/Resource.aspx?ResourceID=311

by Wendi Laurence > Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:11 AM

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Elementary Science
activities in the Science classroom
I am an intern at an Elementary School right now and i have observed that there is very little time for science to be taught. activities are usually rushed and messy. How could I make sure that the students are engaged in my lesson? Any tips on how i could prepare a proper activity for the time give...

by Isabella Villarreal > Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:34 PM

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Elementary Science
STEM get girls encouraged?
STEM is vital for the 21st century because it is a high-tech field that will have much importance today and in the future however, it seems that careers in STEM are mostly taken by boys. I have some ideas of activities to get girls involved but would love to obtain new ideas/activities that can supp...

by Jennifer Cambray > Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:25 PM

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STEM
STEM and Fairy Tales
I think its a great and fun activity to have for STEM encouragement because it will engage students. Also, I love the idea that they will be creating. activities like this can be great to do in class groups and students will definitely love to create technology for their favorite characters.

by Jennifer Cambray > Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:47 PM

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STEM
Hands on Science
Hello Laura Rosales! At the moment I am a student preparing to become a bilingual teacher EG-6. I totally agree with you children like and learn much better doing hands on activities. Regarding your question I would recommend going outside the school and explore what's outside (plants, insects, cli...

by Estela Salvador > Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:01 PM

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Early Childhood
Gardening in the Classroom
Hello! I am a current and a final year Bachelor's Degree student in Elementary Education and I found your forum post very interesting. From a student's view point when it comes to gardening, I have had a couple of student activities that I have done where my previous teachers would involve planti...

by Ashley Banegas > Wed Sep 13, 2017 3:33 PM

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Elementary Science
Hands on Science
We know that children under the age of 7 love hands on activities and projects but sometimes there is not enough resources or places to visit so that they can get the full experiences of a real life-based science lesson. What resources do you recommend for our students to have an enriching and real ...

by Laura Rosales > Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:13 PM

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Early Childhood
Plants
Hi Ashley, I found some resources with ideas of ways to teach about plant processes in new and (hopefully) exciting ways. This first one explains how to assist students in choosing a variable for a plant to see if they will still grow: http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc11_048_07...

by Megan Doty > Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:44 AM

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Early Childhood
Science Lesson Tips & Ideas
Hi Yolanda, Welcome to the Learning Center Forums! Here you can interact with thousands of other science teachers to gain ideas and insight into planning and implementing high quality science lessons in your future classroom. Some of the resources in the Learning Center are Journal Articles or Bo...

by Megan Doty > Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:36 AM

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Elementary Science
Astronomy Night
Hi Emma, An astronomy night sounds like a lot of fun and very engaging for families! I found this article in the Learning Center from another teacher who planned a similar event and they give some ideas for activities and sessions you could implement. Check it out here: http://common.nsta.org...

by Megan Doty > Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:41 AM

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Life Science
Plants
I am interested in presenting my kindergarten class with a lesson revolving around plants. However, I do not want to do the typical "bean plant in a plastic cup" experiment. What other experiments could I implement to educate my students about plant processes within their realm of understanding? If ...

by Ashley Lane > Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:19 AM

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Early Childhood
Kindergarten activities
When engaging kindergarteners in science activities you must present lessons that are engaging and relevant to them. So, through a kindergarten lense, what would be important to you? Since many kindergarteners are interested in the outdoors, maybe incorporate the outdoors in your lesson plans. If yo...

by Ashley Lane > Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:12 AM

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Early Childhood
Science Websites for Students
Hi Eric, I'm a preservice teacher and here are a couple of amazing websites that I've seen be used in my field experiences classrooms in the last few year. BrainPOP: https://www.brainpop.com/science/ This website has a variety of games, videos, and activities for all of the science topics. T...

by Arllyn Hernandez > Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:54 PM

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Elementary Science
First Grade Science Lesson Tips
Hello all, I'm a preservice teacher, and I've been assigned to teach a science lesson to a first-grade class. Do you all have any tips on how to effectively teach a science lesson to a first-grade class? Are there interactive science activities/lessons that I could do with them? My mentor teacher...

by Arllyn Hernandez > Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:11 PM

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New Teachers
Science activities/Experiments with Hurricanes
Hi Jessica, I found a few resources with some activities discussing hurricanes and how to prepare for dangerous weather conditions. You might like: http://common.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/4/sc10_047_07_48 http://common.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10.2505%2f4%2fsc16_054_02_22 ...

by Megan Doty > Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:20 AM

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Elementary Science
Preservice Teaching Tips
Hello Kate, There are many resources from NSTA itself that will help you with hands-on activities. Lecture can come in mini-bites and not be the main focus of the lesson. Giving students the opportunity to explore first and begin to formulate ideas, look for patterns, that is most important...

by Beverly DeVore-Wedding > Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:13 AM

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Elementary Science
Getting Parents Involved
Hi all! I am a preservice teacher, and I am wanting to learn some fun and creative ways to get parents involved in their children’s science education. I want to encourage them to promote science learning in their everyday activities. Any ideas for how to get them started? Thanks!

by Kaylee Hamilton > Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:50 PM

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New Teachers
Science activities/Experiments with Hurricanes
Watching the coverage of Hurricane Irma, I wonder what types of activities or experiments you could relate to this current event.  What types of experiments or activities have you taught or covered with natural disasters, such as hurricanes?

by Jessica Philipp > Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:29 PM

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Elementary Science
technology in science
Is there any technology based activities or websites that anyone recommends using in the classroom for science? I would like to incorporate hands on learning and beneficial ways to learn through technology.  

by Tori alan Allred > Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:22 PM

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Early Childhood
Preservice Teaching Tips
I am a current pre service teacher searching for tips and strategies for my future classroom. I have always loved being able to work with students and do hands-on activities, but I feel like science sometimes has to be more of a lecture scenario. Could you suggest some of the best topics to cover th...

by Katie Rembold > Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:33 PM

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Elementary Science
Student Teaching
Children can begin learning science at any age! Allowing them to explore nature or even their own backyard can promote questioning and investigation, and natural curiosity will help develop these skills. Young children learn best through play so by engaging them in activities and environments that p...

by Shannon Birkhoff > Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:10 PM

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Early Childhood
Getting girls involved in Science
Love all the ideas from this post on getting girls involved in science! I remember not liking science as an elementary student because it was just reading from a science textbook and doing worksheets. I like the idea of using Pinterest and all the hands-on activities you can do to encourage students...

by Karsen Baer > Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:21 PM

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Elementary Science
Pre-Service Advice
Hi Sara, How exciting! Students love learning about science so you'll have lots of fun. I always think the best place to start is with the standards - what is it that you want the students to learn? I see that you're working with elementary so my suggestion would be to enhance and engage the stude...

by Jennifer Gutierrez > Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:32 PM

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Elementary Science
STEM With ELLs
What are some good activities to encourage STEM for 1-4 ELL's?

by Sarah McCrary > Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:30 PM

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Early Childhood
Claim, Evidence, Reasoning activities
What are some interesting activities that you use to introduce this framework?  The students that had me as 7th graders are familiar with the basic framework so I'm looking for an activity that will remind/reinforce what was taught the previous  year.  

by Shalen Boyer > Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:35 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Favorite activities?
I am currently in a teacher preparation program for secondary Biology education. I'm curious what are your favorite activities to do with your students?

by Kathryn Hebert > Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:19 AM

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Life Science
Getting girls involved in Science
Hello! I have some ideas for you. First, using student-friendly language to teach science lessons, make your instructions more intelligible to students. Second, students may become more excited if you provide more opportunities for them to do science activities. It is also a good idea to draw concl...

by Yi Wang > Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:30 PM

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Elementary Science
Weather and Elementary
Hello! As far as I am concerned, teachers should help kindergarteners understand the different characteristics of each weather pattern. Videos, role play, and posters are great facilitators in demonstrating weather patterns. In addition, it is a good idea to invite some students to talk about weath...

by Yi Wang > Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:48 PM

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Early Childhood
Kindergarten activities
Hello, Michelle! It is meaningful to create some science activities for incoming kindergarten students! From my perspective, we should take several things into consideration when we are designing science activities for them. First, the safety issue is of vital importance. Any material that has po...

by Yi Wang > Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:29 PM

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Early Childhood
Getting girls involved in Science
One school is doing a great job with Science and Engineering and includes girls from K-12. They're on Facebook and Instagram and always sharing great discoveries or activities their students are engaged in. It's an all girl school "Sacred Hearts Academy" https://www.instagram.com/sacredheartsaca...

by Janice Noguchi > Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:31 AM

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Elementary Science
Kindergarten activities
Using Dash Dot is great for younger students. Very user friendly and students love it. Simple coding and other great activities using ipads.

by Janice Noguchi > Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:23 AM

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Early Childhood
Kindergarten activities
I have an idea. With the development of the robot, maybe we could design some interesting activities between students and robots. I think students will be interested in the activities. Actually, I hope I could have a kindergarten whose topic is robots and children. I think that will be fun.

by Ling Xu > Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:11 PM

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Early Childhood
Getting girls involved in Science
It is important to make students feel they are in the activity when teachers design some interesting activities to their students. I remember that when I was in elementary school, the most interesting course to me is the literature because the teacher of the literature come up with a great idea to i...

by Ling Xu > Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:49 PM

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Elementary Science
First Day of School Science activities
This was a super fun discussion to read through! I am a practicum student this year so it is super fun to hear all of the fun ideas of incorporating science into the first day of school! I remember back in grade school walking around outside the school my first day with my new classmates and we coll...

by Masyn Klose > Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:25 AM

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Life Science
Garden activities
Stacia and everyone, It is wonderful that this discussion thread was started in 2014 and there continues to be much interest. I am working part-time at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and one of the programs we provide for schools is a "Wonder of Worms" field trip. Using your garden facilities or any...

by Carolyn Mohr > Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:45 PM

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Life Science
Forensic science curriculum?
Hi Melinda, Trying to put together a new class can be a daunting task.  Here's some forensic resources that might be helpful.  I've used these sources for forensic ideas in my chemistry and physical science classes.  If you haven't used the Learning Center Library yet, that would be a great place...

by Rebecca Falin > Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:02 AM

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General Science and Teaching
4th Grade Science
Hello, I taught 4th grade and currently am in 3rd. There are so many exciting opportunities for both these grades! At my school we did a project called Invention Convention where students have to plan and invent something. We've partnered up the Strider Bike company which is based here where I liv...

by Brenda Velasco > Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:08 PM

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Elementary Science
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
The Early Years column, preK-grade 2 by Peggy Ashbrook http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id=mOElq0krBP8_E The Powerful Practices series http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/ Uncovering Misconceptions: Elementary ...

by Alison Thalmann > Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:19 AM

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Early Childhood
First Day of School Science activities
I have several observation/inquiry activities I do. A lot of them are like the campfire games you might play such as "Both up, 1 up 1 down, both down" which refers to the speakers hand positioning. I also use what are called inquiry cubes, where the students are observing a cube with different items...

by Jason McMurrasy > Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:51 AM

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Life Science
Gardening at school with young children
I like the indoor idea! Here in North Dakota it keeps super cold. So, things don't survive outdoors.

by Megan Ziolkowski > Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:12 AM

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Early Childhood
Modeling Instruction in Elementary Science
Check out Phenomenon-Based Learning and the Gizmos & Gadgets books from NSTA Press.  Here’s the elementary version: http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781936959389 [color=black][font=Verdana]  The activities are both engaging and pedagogically eff...

by Matt Bobrowsky > Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:22 AM

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Elementary Science
Hands-on activities
While some of the URLs will take you to sites that aren't all free, perhaps these will give you some ideas: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/resources/highschool.html I also have attached resources from my learning center uploads. Chemistry in the Community as a text is good ...

by Beverly DeVore-Wedding > Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:36 AM

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Chemistry
Hands-on activities
I work for an after-school STEM program serving 9th & 10th graders, and am searching for free descriptions/lesson plans for hands-on chemistry activities.

by Jordan Spooner > Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:52 AM

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Chemistry
STEM After School Program
I Co-Directed a STEM CAMP over the summer so here is are some ideas you may use to engage students in your club. 1) Have students do Science experiments 2) Invite local STEM professionals to visit and talk about their careers 3) See if local Museums have traveling exhibits with can visit your af...

by LeRoy Attles > Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:30 PM

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Informal Science