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Student-friendly resources for science explanations

Hello!  I am not a teacher quite yet, but I recently did a second grade science lesson for one of my college classes and I really struggled finding student friendly resources to explain basic science concepts to an early elementary student. 

When I get my own classroom, I would really love to encourage my students to use journals and websites to confirm their theories and hypothesis (rather than asking my students to solely rely on my explanations).  I think this will interest the students to look for their own answers and build confidence in their own ability to understand scientific concepts. 

Does anyone know of any good journals, websites, videos, etc. that I could share with my students that would be understandable for early readers (K-3 graders)? 

Dana Hill
Dana Hill
1120 Activity Points

Dana, check out the Picture Perfect Science Series. This is a great resource for new teachers. Another series is The Next Time You See books. Both of these series have a simiar author, Emily Morgan. Next Time You See has a website with resources as well. A third resource is Teaching Science Through Tradebooks. 

S. Wendt

Stephanie Wendt
Stephanie Wendt
2680 Activity Points

I totally agree with Stephanie. I use the Picture Perfect Series and The Next Time You See... with students from k-5th. 

Pamela Dupre
Pamela Dupre
89384 Activity Points

Hello! Next year, I will hopefully be in my very own classroom. One concern that I have is how I can expose my students to a vairety of topics in the short amount of time. I am extremely interested in teaching in a title I school, so i am concerned about the amount of resources that the students and I will have. How can I expose my future students to new topics while being low on time and resources.

Nina Bullock
Nina Bullock
245 Activity Points

Nina, the struggle is real, but what you lack in materials- you will make up with your passion to share your love of science. Go to ngss.nsta.org

and check out resources/lesson plans there. I started off with no materials and little resources so I would save the little plastic servers from the cafeteria, wash them, and use them for starting seedlings, or placing collections in them. I saved paper towel rolls to make marble runs. I went to the smoothie store and asked for their buckets that some of their supplies came in, washed them and we used those too. I actually called my class kitchen science because most items could be found in the kitchen. You can write a Donors Choose grant and send out posts on social media letting your community know you are in need of certain items. I also spent Saturdays at garage sales looking for anything that I could use in class. You would be surprised what you can find and once you tell people you are a teacher, they will cut the price or just dontate it!

Pamela Dupre
Pam Dupre
89384 Activity Points

I forgot to mention that you should explore

 https://www.nsta.org/publications/freebies.aspx

there are free posters and other opportunities that may interest you. I used to try out my science lessons on my own children and their friends, or nieces and nephews so I could see how to set things up so that there was little confusion and I could plan for any things that might pose a danger to students. 

 

Pamela Dupre
Pam Dupre
89384 Activity Points

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