Elementary Science

Best Lessons and Units

Getting students involved and excited in science can sometimes be hard. As brand new teacher in less than a year and a half, coming up with fun and educational lessons and units can be daunting. What are some of your favorite units or lessons about science that get great student involvement and feedback? 

 

Jennifer Wiley 

Elementary Education Undergrad 

Wartburg College 

Jennifer Wiley
Jennifer Wiley
120 Activity Points

First a few thoughts:

  1. Lessons depend on grade level and state or district standards;
  2. Why do you find science daunting-or fun and educational?
  3. Find out what your students are interested in and let their enthusiasm guide some of their learning with you providing structure.

Resources for engaging, authentic, and educational learning opportunities:

  • Here at the Learning Center, under Explore Resources-there are more free than not;
  • NSTA books: Eureka! & Eureka Again! the 1st one is grade band 3-5, 2nd one is K-2;  three volumes of "The Power of 1. Questioning, 2. Investigations, & 3. Assessing.
  • NSTA has free webinars covering all sorts of resources as well as Twitter chats for more learning opportunities;
  • Next Generation Science Standards webpage has teaching resources as well-free; 
  • Utah Department of Education has resources for their teachers if you are going to teach there; Colorado Department of Education has model lessons available for free;I don't know what Iowa may have;
  • Using literature-as in your reading lessons, you can use science tradebooks to assist students in their reading and science leasons; using a science notebooks can help with reading, writing, communicating as well. A science noteboook is not the same as a journal and here are a few resources for science notebooks and tradebooks.
  • As a novice teacher, you can joni NSTA for a reduced membership fee which includes a journal for your grade level. 

I know I haven't given you lessons but you can borrow anything from my learning source files; they are all public but most are secondary. There are some presentations with activities for elementary. 

Bev DeVore-Wedding
Bev Bev DeVore-Wedding
5018 Activity Points

Bev, these are excellent suggestions. The only thing I would add is to invest in the books, Picture Perfect Science Lessons, through the NSTA site. We use those in elementary and they are invaluable.

Pamela Dupre
Pamela Dupre
92289 Activity Points

First a few thoughts:

  1. Lessons depend on grade level and state or district standards;
  2. Why do you find science daunting-or fun and educational?
  3. Find out what your students are interested in and let their enthusiasm guide some of their learning with you providing structure.

Resources for engaging, authentic, and educational learning opportunities:

  • Here at the Learning Center, under Explore Resources-there are more free than not;
  • NSTA books: Eureka! & Eureka Again! the 1st one is grade band 3-5, 2nd one is K-2;  three volumes of "The Power of 1. Questioning, 2. Investigations, & 3. Assessing.
  • NSTA has free webinars covering all sorts of resources as well as Twitter chats for more learning opportunities;
  • Next Generation Science Standards webpage has teaching resources as well-free; 
  • Utah Department of Education has resources for their teachers if you are going to teach there; Colorado Department of Education has model lessons available for free;I don't know what Iowa may have;
  • Using literature-as in your reading lessons, you can use science tradebooks to assist students in their reading and science leasons; using a science notebooks can help with reading, writing, communicating as well. A science noteboook is not the same as a journal and here are a few resources for science notebooks and tradebooks.
  • As a novice teacher, you can joni NSTA for a reduced membership fee which includes a journal for your grade level. 

I know I haven't given you lessons but you can borrow anything from my learning source files; they are all public but most are secondary. There are some presentations with activities for elementary. 

Bev DeVore-Wedding
Bev Bev DeVore-Wedding
5018 Activity Points

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