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Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and Engineering Practices?
You can easily engage students in ALL of the Science and Engineering Practices using Phenomenon-Based Learning, for example as it is presented in the Gizmos & Gadgets books from NSTA Press. Here’s the elementary version: http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9...

by Iris Lee > Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:25 PM

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Elementary Science
4th Grade Science Lesson Ideas
Not related to the water cycle, but to really get children engaged and enjoying science, definitely get the Phenomenon-Based Learning Gizmos & Gadgets books from NSTA Press. Here’s the elementary version: http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781936959389 ...

by Iris Lee > Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:18 PM

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Elementary Science
New to NSTA
Dear Mitchell (and Others): Within the NSTA Learning Center, I encourage you to do a keyword search (I used "early childhood") and got several promising results. Some of them I added links below for you: Start Young! Early Childhood Science activities (e-book): http://learningcenter.nsta.or...

by Flavio Mendez > Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:35 PM

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Early Childhood
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and Engineering Practices?
Hi, Peggy! Thank you for replying to my original post. I appreciate your idea of looking at photos of children at work in a science and/or engineering activity to see if I can name which practices I see in use. With your suggestion, I did a Google search for those images. I tried a few phrases...

by James Alberto > Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:36 AM

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Elementary Science
Developing Scientific Literacy
Hello, Brenna and others, To create experiments that are both effective and fun, I worked with a couple of Finnish teachers to develop the Phenomenon-Based Learning Books (from NSTA Press). Here are links to the elementary version http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:43 PM

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STEM
Experiments
Hi, Farah and others, To create experiments that are both effective and fun, I worked with a couple of Finnish teachers to develop the Phenomenon-Based Learning Books (from NSTA Press). Here are links to the elementary version http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=...

by Matthew Bobrowsky > Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:38 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Incorporating the engineering design process into life science contents
Try searching the TeachEngineering site https://www.teachengineering.org There are quite a few lessons and activities here that integrate engineering and life science (use Bioengineering as a search topic, to start) The lessons are well designed and show an alignment with NGSS. Mary B.

by Mary Bigelow > Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:33 PM

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STEM
Getting girls involved in Science
The PBS series SciGirls is a valuable resource for engaging girls in STEM subjects. Each of the 20+episodes follows a different group of girls as they investigate a science question or solve an engineering problem. The programs are designed to show any girl that they can succeed in STEM activities, ...

by Richard Hudson > Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:26 AM

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Elementary Science
Ideas for engaging elementary students in Science and Engineering Practices?
I'm hoping, whether you teach or work in a state which has adopted the NGSS or not, the wonderful scientifically minded community that is the NSTA will be able to help me. I am looking for recommendations on how to engage elementary students (any grade level) in the Science and Engineering Practices...

by James Alberto > Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:45 PM

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Elementary Science
Gardening at school with young children
I believe beginning a little garden having a couple of plants or vegetables will be a great start. I'm greatly thinking about beginning an outdoor using the number of students Sometimes with, however i too am getting difficulty figuring out when the optimum time of the year could be! Assignment ...

by Johny Thomas > Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:46 PM

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Early Childhood
2nd Grade Science
You will be fine! I am in the same program, I would talk to your cooperating teacher and find out what the students are learning. Then I would explore some articles that NSTA provides, it could be helpful... You could never go wrong with hands-on activities, just be sure to set your expectation befo...

by Cecilia Cardona > Sat Feb 11, 2017 11:41 AM

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Early Childhood
Advice Welcomed Here
Thank you Peggy! That is very helpful advice and I appreciate you taking the time to explain and make sense of the need for ongoing activities. I will have to provide students with proper scientist work rather than teacher demonstration. Thank you!

by Cami Martin > Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:29 AM

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Elementary Science
Advice Welcomed Here
Thank you Peggy! That is very helpful advice and I appreciate you taking the time to explain and make sense of the need for ongoing activities. I will have to provide students with proper scientist work rather than teacher demonstration. Thank you! =

by Cami Martin > Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:28 AM

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Elementary Science
Energy Flow in an Ecosystem 5E Lesson
Hello everyone, I am looking for 3rd-grade level activities for a lesson on the energy flow in ecosystems. All suggestions are welcome! By the way, I am a student teacher (University of Houston) and this will be my first time teaching a science lesson.  Thank you, Amra Milanovic

by Amra Milanovic > Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:54 PM

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Elementary Science
Developing Scientific Literacy
Check out http://www.ebstc.org/TechLit/handbook/handbooktoc.html for a combination of real-world cases and activities with a standards-based learning framework, honored by awards from the Society for Technical Communication for effective K-12 outreach.

by T.R. Girill > Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:34 PM

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STEM
Sound Energy
I am working on a lesson plan for sound energy and I am looking for interesting activities for 4th graders. Any advice you could provide would be great! Thank you!

by Ariel Gordy > Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:39 PM

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Elementary Science
Kindergarten activities
I enjoy working with activities that have the reactions that the age group can see and manipulate. This helps the students of this age group get involved and interested working in this field at a young age. It also helps lay the foundation blocks for a love of science. Kindergarteners live in their ...

by Ashley Lindemann > Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:43 PM

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Early Childhood
Activity for Carbon Cycle and Tectonics
I am looking for an activity involving the influence of plate tectonics on the carbon cycle? The audience is pre-service elementary ed majors.  I've got a lot of activities for tectonics but not on its influence on carbon cycling, or any simple demonstrations of the carbon cycle as well would be g...

by Christopher Roemmele > Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:41 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Tectonics and Carbon Cycle activity
Wondering if anyone might have an activity involving the influence of plate tectonics on the carbon cycle? The audience is pre-service elementary ed majors.  I've got a lot of activities for tectonics but not on its influence on carbon cycling, or any simple demonstrations of the carbon cycle as wel...

by Christopher Roemmele > Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:40 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Getting girls involved in Science
I completely agree with intergrading hands on activities and making it fun for all students. I feel to get girls more interested and active in the science field, a great starting point would be to start rewording how we talk about scientist. I would add in a spotlight person who contributed to the f...

by Ashley Lindemann > Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:38 PM

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Elementary Science
Differentiation
There are a few variables you can play with to differentiate science lessons in class. You could switch up your presentation of the material. So instead of straight lecturing, you can show video clips/lessons or provide hands-on tools and activities. By varying your method of presenting the material...

by Bo Cheli > Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:33 PM

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New Teachers
2nd Grade Lesson
I see many student teachers looking for activities to teach. My advice is to look closely at the science standards and think about the content. There are many ideas about ways to teach the content, but it is very important to begin with really knowing what the children need to understand at their gr...

by Marianne Cane > Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:14 AM

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Early Childhood
Pre-Service Teacher
Hello! I am new to NSTA and I am also a pre-service teacher. I am currently in an elementary education program where we are starting to teach lessons. Teaching science is not my strong suit (yet!) so if anyone knows of any lessons, activities, or experiments that first graders would love, I would...

by Cassidy Gardner > Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:32 AM

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Early Childhood
New Teacher
Hey guys! I am just beginning to teach some lessons in my Elementary Education program in college and I was wondering what are some effective and fun science activities that I could use for a Kindergarten classroom?

by Amanda Arling > Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:59 AM

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Early Childhood
Experiments with younger Elementary
Jenna, While coming up with activities for one of my children's literacy books ( cloudy with a chance of meatballs), I came across a weather experiment with clouds. It uses little materials and is a great visual for kids! The materials are shaving cream, a clear container, water and colored dye. ...

by Jessica Ferguson > Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:24 PM

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Elementary Science
Experiments with younger Elementary
I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on what fun and engaging experiments or science activities that would be good for K-1st graders. I really enjoy doing experiments and I am not sure of any that this grade level would understand and be engaged in. If you have any suggestions please let me know....

by Jenna Fritz > Mon Feb 06, 2017 8:05 PM

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Elementary Science
2nd Grade Science
Hello, I am currently in a program to become an Elementary school teacher. In one of my classes I have to teach a science lesson to 2nd graders. I was wondering what some of you may have done with 2nd graders? Any particularly successful lessons/activities that got (and kept) the students' attention...

by Addison Scroggins > Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:15 PM

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Early Childhood
Engaging physic projects
For active engagement in projects, you should definitely consider the Gizmos & Gadgets books from NSTA Press.  They’re full of research-based projects and classroom activities.  All the editions (elementary, middle, high) can be seen here , and you can go right to the middle-school edition here ...

by Iris Lee > Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:02 PM

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Physical Science
Weather and Elementary
What are some engaging but meaningful activities young students can do to get them thinking about weather and seasons? What would be the best way to help them remember the different characteristics of each season?

by Marissa Reyes > Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:59 PM

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Early Childhood
First Day of School Science activities
On the first day of school science activities, it is better if you do not start with the subject. You can have some activities related to science like come up with some species picture and let students guess what these are and ask them to tell their features or you can try science word search. On th...

by Steve Collins > Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:44 PM

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Life Science
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
Through hands-on science activities like planting seeds and recording the growth of plants, kindergarten learn how to observe and record scientific data. It is better if you make the activities more exciting so as to make them engaged. Teach the science in a story time so that they...

by Steve Collins > Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:34 PM

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Early Childhood
Technical Writing: Kitchen Recipes Simulate Lab Instructions
T. R. Girill Society for Technical Communication/Lawrence Livermore National Lab. trgirill@acm.org Technical Writing: Kitchen Recipes Simulate Lab Instructions The Cooking Connection In her 2013 blog post "Cooking as Science" online at nstacommunities.org/blog/2013/12/31/cooking-as-sc...

by T.R. Girill > Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:10 PM

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STEM
Garden activities
Garden activities can involve playing games like sack race, Treasure hunt etc or you can do gardening. http://ukessaywriters.blogspot.com/

by Steve Collins > Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:38 AM

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Life Science
Science Centers
I'm looking for new ideas of objects and activities to include in a Science Center. 

by Aubrey Edwards > Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:04 PM

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Elementary Science
Keeping Students Engaged
Hi First, it will depend on the quality of the student, and then the quality of your questions. Since you're a pre service teacher, that could be a real apprenticeship. Easier out would be to engage them with activities. See the Teacher Supplementary materials associated with text for...

by Harry Mazurek > Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:58 PM

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New Teachers
Engagement
To really get children engaged, I absolutely love the Phenomenon-Based Learning Gizmos & Gadgets books from NSTA Press.  Here’s the elementary version: http://www.nsta.org/store/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781936959389   The activities are both engaging and pedagogically effect...

by Iris Lee > Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:44 AM

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Elementary Science
Newtons Three Laws using STEM
Tom Muzzey, I really am glad that you shared the links to the different activities. I really appreciate how they include questions and places to record data. I am a math person and am always looking for ways that I'll be able to incorporate science into a math lesson. It is a huge plus that this is ...

by Diana Skerrett > Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:58 PM

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STEM
Engagement
I am a preservice elementary teacher right now, and this is one of my favorite topics to discuss. I'm very interested in finding ways to engage students in learning. I found that a good way to answer this question is to think about how you like to learn. No, not every student learns the way you do, ...

by Elise Murphy > Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:22 PM

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Elementary Science
New Teacher
Teaching can be so rewarding however, I can see how it can also be stressful to get the hang of everything your first year. There are so many hats that teachers wear in the classroom. I think that this website is going to be very beneficial with finding lots of activities, lesson planning, and even ...

by Heather Kriens > Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:42 AM

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New Teachers
Science interactive notebook?
Does anyone know of any good interactive notebook activities for natural resources?

by Magda Jimenez > Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:22 PM

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Early Childhood
Multicultural activities
Davida, I found this: http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/24727/multicultural-education-activities and this: http://vos.ucsb.edu/browse.asp?id=2706 When I taught 2nd grade we did a unit on food around the world and discussed how other people might perceive food that we eat as being gross. It's alw...

by Pamela Dupre > Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:54 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Integrating Interactive Notebooks
Try to use activities in your Science Interactive Notebook that are more hands-on.  My students love their notebook!

by Janice Weber-Klein > Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:23 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Collision Theory
Good Morning! I was wondering if you teach collision theory to your regular/honors chem students.  How in depth do you go?  Any lessons or activities that you use?  I was thinking about introducing it to my honors classes. I was envisioning an activity to demonstrate it where we put pieces of ...

by Chris Leverington > Wed Jan 25, 2017 10:22 AM

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Chemistry
How to start the year off right
Hi Erin! I agree with all of the resources already posted. Those are all great things to read and familiarize yourself with. My best advice is to pick three things you really want to accomplish and keep those as your big ideas while you add things that enhance those ideas. Gardening is a great idea ...

by Pamela Dupre > Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:48 PM

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Elementary Science
How to start the year off right
Relate the science content to your students' world. Let them investigate real world places, topics, and their interests. Of course, you will have to guide with respect to your grade level science standards and or district curriculum. Use a science notebook in writing for students to record their...

by Beverly DeVore-Wedding > Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:02 AM

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Elementary Science
First Day of School Science activities
I enjoyed reading many different methods you all have come up with for first day activities. As a teacher I believe it is imperative to make an attempt at simultaneously breaking the ice so that students are comfortable with each other while at the same time subtly getting a feel for particular stud...

by Michael Van Ossenbruggen > Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:51 PM

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Life Science
Weather and Elementary
I have read many of the brilliant ideas through the the replies hear on this post. There are so many ways to implement weather and the outdoors into the curriculum and I believe it is imperative to correlate it with the significance of the environment. I believe children should be taught even at a y...

by Michael Van Ossenbruggen > Mon Jan 16, 2017 5:46 PM

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Early Childhood
Newtons Three Laws using STEM
Hi Josh, Mattel has put together some great physics lessons for their Match cars. Although geared for fourth grade, they are very adaptable to middle school. They use to give away amazing kits of their cars and ramps for these lessons, but they are temporarily out of those kits. They provide sugges...

by Wendy Goldfein > Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:16 AM

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STEM
Newtons Three Laws using STEM
Hi Josh, Mattel has put together some great physics lessons for their Match cars. Although geared for fourth grade, they are very adaptable to middle school. They use to give away amazing kits of their cars and ramps for these lessons, but they are temporarily out of those kits. They provide sugges...

by Wendy Goldfein > Thu Jan 12, 2017 8:16 AM

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STEM
Engagement
I liked this question because it if we can figure figure out a way to keep children interested in science, they may not lose interest in the future. To keep children interested in science, I would provide plenty of different activities throughout the school year. I would also provide different ways...

by Christopher Ralston > Mon Jan 09, 2017 4:16 PM

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Elementary Science
Kindergarten Earth and Space Science Standards
Hi Patricia, A single activity can introduce the concept of sunlight warming the Earth but it sounds like you are looking for a series of activities that will, over time, allow children to consider and build their understanding of the effects of sunlight. Here are several Early Years columns from ...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:08 AM

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Elementary Science
Science Trips
I believe in taking field trips that are in our own backyard. If you happen to have a state park close by, or some type of industrial plant, and a college or university, those are great places that help students connect to their community. I work with the dean of engineering at our local university ...

by Pam Dupre > Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:33 AM

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Informal Science
Success For All, Takes Us All
All professionals need time to collaborate. We often turn to other teachers when we need information or advice. Now more than ever, teacher collaboration and professional learning relationships are needed for providing ALL students the very best education possible. With pressure on teachers and di...

by Alison Thalmann > Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:25 AM

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Professional Development
Weather Summer Camps for Students
Do you have any students with a strong interest in Meteorology? Check out these opportunities for this coming summer. [color=#222222][font=arial, sans-serif] City College of New York, New York NOAA's National Weather Service - Summer Weather Camps   University of Wisconsi...

by Cris Dewolf > Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:25 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Classroom management during an inquiry activity or lab
Hi Anne! I hope your students appreciate the amount of effort you put in to provide them with hands-on lab activities! I guess the first step to answering your question about expectations is what do YOU expect of their behavior? I primarily 7th graders but frequently also 8th graders. It's difficult...

by Sylvia Tseng > Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:43 PM

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Professional Development
Speed and Measurement and data
Yes! Get the Gizmos & Gadgets book(s) from NSTA Press. http://www.nsta.org/store/search.aspx?action=quicksearch&text=Phenomenon-Based%20Learning In the Grade 3-5 book, the first chapter has several speed activities. Also be sure to read the introduction to learn about Phenomenon-Based Le...

by Matt Bobrowsky > Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:24 PM

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Physical Science
Just launched a new curriculum site, featuring complete computational thinking lesson plans
I'm a long time middle school teacher and more recently science curriculum specialist. The three activities you've posted are definitely solid examples of inquiry learning. Here a couple thoughts regarding NGSS: It would be nice to see how they fit into the context of a unit or topic bundle of NG...

by Richard Bacolor > Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:58 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Shameless plug for my district blog
Hi Chance, So glad to see you sharing your work and your thoughts here on the NSTA Forums. Great Blog with a compilation of science activities and ideas for lessons! Here is the thread from the forums with the potential collaborators I mentioned: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/discuss/default...

by Amanda Wolfe > Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:43 PM

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General Science and Teaching
New Teacher Tips
Being a teacher today can be challenging since the schools main focus many time is on standardized test subjects like math and writing. Science many times is pushed back . With todays technology many cool hands on activities are available for us. There are many great websites with videos and experim...

by Alejandra Giraldo > Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:15 PM

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New Teachers
Gardening at school with young children
I do find your page very interesting, a post that visiting is never a bore. It would be very encouraging to see more of this kind of posts, the information offered is very helpful. making sure that our children gets to know about basic activities is very important. You are doing well. In you need ...

by Miriam Steve > Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:33 AM

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Early Childhood
Weather and Elementary
What I have done in the past was incorporate a "weather checker" duty as a job in my morning messages/daily activities. I would choose a student's name each week and have them look out the window and check the weather. Depending on what they saw, we would dress up a laminated cutout bear on the morn...

by Zoxchilt Zuniga > Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:08 PM

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Early Childhood
Garden activities
For my Science Methods course, which is part of my Early Childhood Education license, we have worked with learning gardens at multiple different schools (and with multiple different grade levels). At any grade level, the direct observations the students make of their gardens never fail to serve as ...

by Ethan Schoenlein > Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:34 PM

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Life Science
Magnets
One of the activities I observed from a classmate ( she is a student teacher) is providing different types of objects for students (magnetic and non-magnetic) and being able to let them explore first the object and think what objects can be magnetic or not based on what they had learned about magnet...

by Martha Hernandez > Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:17 AM

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Early Childhood
Combining Science with Art
One of the activities I have observed being done in science that has art in it is the butterfly cycle. Having students order the process of the butterfly cycle in a little booklet can help them understand the concept and using art by coloring the pictures and making the booklet. I hope this helps.

by Martha Hernandez > Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:14 AM

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Early Childhood
Getting girls involved in Science
I think having hands on activities is a great way to get the girls to participate more. I was very surprised that the girls in my class actually enjoyed science and did not need but prompting.

by Monica Humphery > Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:28 PM

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Elementary Science
First Day of School Science activities
For the first day of school I like to get the students excited about learning science. The first thing I do is talk to students about all the fun science activities we will do during the year and show them work from prior students.

by Monica Humphery > Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:23 PM

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Life Science
Kindergarten activities
I think mostly it is hands-on, short activities, as they learn through concrete objects. Lots of fun and mess.

by Svetlana Makambila > Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:14 PM

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Early Childhood
Computers in the Classroom
We have computers in our classroom but they are mostly used for math and reading activities for now. Science should work best when the lessons are interactive rather than on the computer. A great hands on activity in science can help them propel to experiment with new discoveries that they can learn...

by Faustino Lopez > Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:06 PM

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Elementary Science
Engagement
I would say making sure there is a variety of ways to teach them. They get bored of just watching,reading and taking notes. They need to do hands on activities and have them role play. They enjoy doing things that involve them being able to manipulate things as well as getting to move around.

by Sariena Cheang > Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:34 PM

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Elementary Science
Motivation
I would say to be excited about the lesson as well as creating fun activities for them. Students will be more willing to do the work if they are interested in it. Find out what the students are most interested in and find activities that match their interest overall.

by Sariena Cheang > Fri Dec 09, 2016 9:28 PM

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Elementary Science
Engaging Students in Learning
From what I have observed and learned from my student teaching, students are engaged when there are hands on activities. The hands on activities let the students investigate ideas and it's more fun than giving worksheets. They retain the information better when they are involved in the learning proc...

by Y-La Nguyen > Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:53 PM

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Professional Development
English Language Learner Strategies?
Visuals are always the best way to support ELLs in their learning. I think hands on activities are also extremely helpful because if they do not understand what you are saying, they can still learn from the activities or experiments. I have watched a video of a science class with ELLs, and they sat ...

by Y-La Nguyen > Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:57 PM

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New Teachers
Engagement for the lesson
Hands on activities are definitely the way to go! My students absolutely love it!

by Ashley Scholl > Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:28 PM

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Early Childhood
Engagement for the lesson
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.

by Cecilia Goff > Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:10 PM

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Early Childhood
Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
You can try to incorporate reading into other subjects like reading. You can also try to create hands-on activities that can be broken down into three days. So one day you can do a small part, then the next time you can start the lesson where yall stopped it.

by Cecilia Goff > Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:55 PM

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Early Childhood
Multicultural activities
Davida, I very much enjoy the idea of using passports in the classroom for a multitude of ideas, but I can honestly say that I have never thought about intertwining multicultural learning in science. I think it is a great way for students to take a "trip" to different parts of the world and incor...

by Araceli Garcia > Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:53 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Science activities
I feel that many schools do not focus on science often, my fourth graders only learn science once a week. I feel that it is important to incorporate aspects of every subject in every day lessons. If there is not time for an entire lesson, it is possible to do stem activities to get our student's min...

by Araceli Garcia > Fri Dec 09, 2016 5:43 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Motivation
Something that I recently did during a science lesson is I had them do many hands on activities. I had my students explore household items from home to recall the information that they have already learned, I read them a story and had them pay close attention to the illustrations to find forms of en...

by Araceli Garcia > Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:15 PM

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Elementary Science
Classroom Management
Managing a classroom is a tough job as it is and where there are activities involved, even more. I would suggest having a sign or phrase that grabs everyone's attention. I student teach in a 5th grade classroom and my CT uses a phrase. When the students hear this phrase they automatically stop what ...

by Stephanie Ramirez > Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:01 PM

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Life Science
Garden activities
I think there are many things you can do to add cross curricular activities throughout your class with the garden. Depending on the grade you work with, you could have writing pieces with the garden. The writing could be as simple as words to explain observations once a week to a detailed explanatio...

by Summer Robinson > Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:37 PM

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Life Science
Getting girls involved in Science
I think the first thing you need to do to get your students involved with the hands on activities is make sure that it appeals to their interests. Of course we need to make sure that it aligns with the standards. As their teacher, you really need to sell the activity. You need to believe it is an ex...

by Summer Robinson > Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:03 PM

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Elementary Science
Science Notebooks
Hi, Eleanor! I think science notebooks are a great way to keep students (and teachers) organized! I think science notebooks can also hold students accountable for their learning and engagement during science lessons. Some things I think you can do when moving towards creating science notebooks is ha...

by Christine Khuong > Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:26 AM

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Early Childhood
Science activities
Hello, Science is very motivating and it sad to see very little of it incorporated in school lesson. For example, I am currently student teaching in a first grade classroom and there's a lot of Reading and Math, but very little Science and Social Studies. I do believe that it is important to inco...

by Anh-Thu Nguyen > Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:09 AM

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

by Anh-Thu Nguyen > Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:51 AM

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New Teachers
Motivation
I would have to agree with some of the teachers here, incorporating the students will engage them. I worry about how I could possibly keep them engaged in science. I've used lots of hands on activities to keep them engaged. Making science fun can be really easy when you have the right mindset.

by Stephanie Ramirez > Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:18 AM

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Elementary Science
Magnets
My class just is working on magnets right now. My cooperating teacher and I found some fun activities to do with our kindergarten class. However, we are so limited on recourses. Any ideas on what I can do about this?

by yoksiana zacarias > Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:07 AM

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Early Childhood
The Lorax
I found this great resource that you could use to incorporate ELA into the lesson with the Lorax! I love this idea because I LOVE this movie! Great for Earth Day activities!

by Caitlyn Baeza > Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:04 PM

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Elementary Science
Kindergarten activities
For one of my activities I used a bag with a chocolate and had the kids rub their hands to create heat. With the friction created, they were able to melt the chocolate in their hand.

by Vanessa Cerrato > Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:54 PM

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Early Childhood
STEM and Fairy Tales
What a great way to promote STEM activities within lower grade levels!

by Karmen Jones > Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:08 PM

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STEM
Do you have blocks in your classroom?
I used to work in a school in which blocks were used in the classroom. In the pre-k and kindergarten classroom that I observe, I notice that the teachers let the students play with the blocks for 1 minute before going to the actual lesson. Blocks are useful for students because they are able to use ...

by Angelica Lara > Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:06 PM

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Early Childhood
Engagement for the lesson
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 a...

by Raquel Bruner > Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:54 PM

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Early Childhood
Engagement for the lesson
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.

by Marianne Cane > Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:59 AM

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Early Childhood
Engagement for the lesson
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 ...

by Dinaz Lokhandwalla > Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:32 AM

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Early Childhood
Science activities
I think it is important to do every subject every day. I think that when we focus on just one subject we are telling the students that the latter is not as important. In older grades there are checkpoints for many of the subjects, including science. The districts are holding teachers responsible for...

by Dinaz Lokhandwalla > Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:25 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Classroom Management
Students are usually very eager and excited for hands on activities, but sometimes they have to be cut short because of misbehavior.  Any good tips in order for students to meet expectations during an experiment?

by Sandra Rubio > Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:29 AM

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

by Sandra Rubio > Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:01 AM

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New Teachers
Why do we have day and night: 2nd Grade Lesson
I really like Autumn's suggestion of having students identify activities that they do during the day and the night. I think that this engages students to begin to think deeper about the concept of day and night.

by Tessa Sharafat > Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:35 PM

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Elementary Science
Kindergarten activities
After observing a kindergarten class I noticed that the student pay more attention when the teachers does a hands on activity. This website has many hands on activities that help me when doing lesson plans for my classes. http://www.education.com/activity/kindergarten/science/.

by Alejandra Giraldo > Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:24 PM

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Early Childhood
Getting girls involved in Science
It is important to get all students involved especially young girls. In my college course my professor had us draw a picture of what we thought a scientist looked like. The majority of the pictures were drawn of guy scientist. This was a real eye opener on what we perceive and believe scientist shou...

by Trisha Carmona > Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:36 PM

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Elementary Science
Kindergarten activities
Pinterest has many people contributing activities that can become part of an ongoing science inquiry! The NSTA position statement on Early Childhood Science Education is a great supporting document http://www.nsta.org/about/positions/earlychildhood.aspx Use it to shape effective science learning...

by Margaret Ashbrook > Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:40 AM

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Early Childhood