Elementary Science

Format for Elementary Science

I am a K-6 elementary science specialist. We are encountering some big hurdles implementing science -- the first hurdle we really need to tackle is what role and format to use science specialists in...If you are having success, would you share how STEM is implemented at your school (what grades, time per week, stand alone specials, classroom enrichment, etc.)

Wendi Laurence
Wendi Laurence
1475 Activity Points

I am currently student teaching virtually with my past 4th grade teacher and I love how our school implements science. When we are in the school building (currently we are doing virtual learning because of Covid-19), we teach science twice a week in the classroom, but our students also go to a special call Science Lab where they learn and cover a lot of the 4th grade science standards. They go to the Science Lab once or twice a week depending on the rotation they fall on (we have four specials, so they rotate every four days). Our building is only a 3rd and 4h grade building but both grades teach science twice a week and go to the Science Lab once or twice a week. On our Google Classroom, we have a separate science section that includes everything that we would be teaching in the classroom. In each science lesson on the Google Classroom, we include different Google Docs, pictures, videos, and Google Slides that student use to learn the content we are teaching them. We also use Google Forms as an assessment to test students learning.

Tessler Baird
Tessler Baird
2130 Activity Points

I am in my fifth year serving as a K-5 Science Lab Teacher at an elementary school.  The kids receive science content from their classroom teachers and I see them once a week for an inquiry based lab that supports their learning.  Each student has lab for 45-50 (depending on the grade) once per week.  It seems to work great! I only wish I could see the kids for a longer amount of time.

Stacy Wolff
Stacy Wolff
1040 Activity Points

I like the idea of implementing labs once a week because it does require inquiry which is important in Science. This is something that works because it keeps the students’ interest. You have to remember that students learn differently and offering different ways of learning science ensures that everyone is learning. Having labs once a week gives you time to teach lessons and prepare for them. 

Erna Gillett
Erna Gillett
270 Activity Points

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