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Finding fun and interesting science activity ideas

Hey Guys! When planning lesson plans for science where can you look to find interesting and FUN activities and topics for your students while still meeting the common core standards? Thanks! Anna Ward

Anna Ward
Anna Ward
1010 Activity Points

Anna, You are already in the best possible place to find an endless number of FUN experiments for students. I would suggest an Advanced Search which can be found on your Home page. Choose your subject or topic, grade level and lesson plans to find all kinds of ideas. A lot of the more recent journal articles address common core standards.

Betty Paulsell
Betty Paulsell
48550 Activity Points

Anna, NSTA is offering a short course that would help address your question: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/online_courses/NGSS_ShortCourse.aspx I have participated in a couple of the Picture Perfect Science Lessons webseminars (same instructors as the short course above), and the presentation of material is based on science standards and sound pedagogical practices. Here is a link to one of the archived webseminars: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/dallas05/PPS/webseminarI.aspx and you can find others by searching through: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/web_seminar_archive_sponsor.aspx Good luck and Have fun!

Susanne Hokkanen
Susanne Hokkanen
79060 Activity Points

I believe the NSTA learning center is very useful and helpful for resources relating to Science. This website has a variety of useful tools from Web Seminars to free lesson plans that can assist you as a future educator and even a student in need of further assistance with different science concepts. Another helpful website is the Discovery Kids Science Center, this website also helps with educational games for students to be engaged in.

Cristal Ramos
Cristal Ramos
1615 Activity Points

In addition to all the resources here at the Learning Center offered by NSTA, you might also, for a specific topic, do a search of the forum conversations (note that this is not the same search box as what you would use to search the Learning Center in general - be sure to use the search box that has the Search Community/People button).

Many topics you are interested in are topics other teachers are as well. It is very likely there is a conversation somewhere in the forums where teachers from all over have either linked their personal lesson ideas or they have provided links to resources outside the Learning Center that they found helpful. However, if you do not find what you are looking for, you can always repeat what you did here and start a new forum in the subject area your topic of interest falls under.

If the information is here, chances are it is fun and interesting.
Why???
Because teachers who are fun and interesting are also gregarious and like to share the fun!!!

Tina Harris
Tina Harris
65805 Activity Points

Hi,
I conducted an "Advanced Search" through the NSTA Learning Center and discovered this collection of resources that accompanies the Press Book The New Science Teacher's Handbook: What You Didn't Learn from Student Teaching.

You may register for a FREE NSTA Learning Center account if you don’t have one established. Once registered, collections and other LC resources may be added so that you are capable of accessing them whenever needed!

Enjoy your day, Alyce

Alyce Dalzell
Alyce Dalzell
64075 Activity Points

Apart from the NSTA learning center, which has great resources by the way, you can go to the following places online. National Geographic Kids http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/activities/funscience/ Science Bob.com http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/ PBS kids http://pbskids.org/zoom/activities/sci/ Spoonful (a Disney website) http://spoonful.com/family-fun/top-15-home-science-experiments-kids Also, if you search Pinterest, you can find some credible but really fun resources.

Noelle Wright
Noelle Wright
3335 Activity Points

Those are so good resources that seem like they will engage the students because they are more fun to look at then a text book. I think having the students use resources on a computer is helpful because most of them are already use to using the internet to find any information that they want to know.

Candace Warden
Candace Warden
520 Activity Points

Take part in the longest-running citizen science wildlife census in the world during the 114th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Join thousands of Americans who will conduct the annual bird survey across the country during December 14 to January 5. Volunteers spend a day counting all the birds they see within a designated area. Some people go outside to do this, while others can track birds visiting feeders in their yards. The data collected is used to assess the health of bird populations and to help guide conservation action.

Pamela Auburn
Pamela Auburn
68525 Activity Points

Related to Pamela's suggestion, you could also look into the Great Backyard Bird Count http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc This year's count is Feb. 14-17, 2014. Students and teachers could participate as a class on Friday and Monday and individually on Saturday and Sunday. Don't worry if your school is not in the woods! Common house sparrows, mallards, and rock doves (pigeons) are just as valuable to the count. You can watch in real time as observers submit their counts, noting patterns and exceptions. It's good for students to know that data from their observations become part of a scientific database, which anyone can use to explore migrations, patterns, frequency, etc.

Mary Bigelow
Mary Bigelow
10110 Activity Points

I recently discovered this website that provides some really good ideas for teaching science concepts and engineering practices. They work well with many of the Next Generation Science Standards and have a lot of cool, hands-on activities. https://www.teachengineering.org/

Crista Smith
Crista Smith
625 Activity Points

I am quite fond of the NASA website. They have great activities and lessons that connect nicely with standards across the board. https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/index.html There are links to lesson plans and more!

Dawn Cook
Dawn Cook
280 Activity Points

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