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Science Fun for Students
As many of you know some students are not science people and do not like it what so ever. What is a way to make science more fun to them and get full class participation for all students so that a lesson goes smoothly?
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I have found that when a science lesson is hands on, that students get extremely excited and want to participate in the lesson. Also, it helps if the teacher models her own excitement about the project. That will usually get student interest in the lesson.
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In college my favorite part about my science class is that it is HANDS ON! Something that is hands on and lets you explore has your attention. You are not simply memorizing something, but you are discovering on your own with your teacher assisting you.
Virginia E Lopez
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It might be helpful to try to get a sense of other topics your students may be interested in. Finding ways to integrate topics such as history, social justice or literature into your lesson could help engage students in science through subjects they may enjoy more. For example, I've had students who've expressed to me that they really liked history and English classes because they make the topics into a story. So when the class was to learn about standing waves the following week, I found a way to incorporate some historical context and story-telling into the lesson. Even something as simple as standing waves can have a really complex and interesting story behind it if you just dig a little deeper. Attached is the lesson plan I made as a one-day activity to help engage students about standing waves. I hope you find this helpful!
Standing_Wave_Lesson_Plan.pdf (0.40 Mb)
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I think it is very important to get children up and moving around throughout the day and science is a great subject for children to start using their hands and applying what they have learned. I have also learned that students do better when they can learn in the way that best fits them. I think the better you know your students the easier you will find it to engage them. For example, if your student really enjoys reading and you have a science activity that is reading an article then the student who really enjoys reading is going to love that activity. In contrast, if you have a student who hates reading they aren't going to do it no matter what you try to do. It is important to differentiate for every student so they are getting the most out of each lesson. Overall I think science is an important subject to get students to do hands-on activities in because there are so many options. My biggest advice to you would be to use your resources, you would be surprised what schools and the community offer for resources.
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I think that in general, the best way to get students to have fun is to model having fun doing science! If the students see you not enjoying the activity, then they probably won't!
A question I have is what are some of the most fun science lessons that you can remember, that have stuck with you for years?
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I usually start with a quick video clip, a demonstration to catch attention, a group inquiry, of a mystery question. This way they buy in to the fun and then are already in deep when you have to work.
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I think that demonstrations are another great engagement tool. There are many inexpensive things (such as a Newton's cradle) that students love to interact with, yet can help demonstrate concepts.
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Investing in some manipulatives that can be used over and over would be a good idea. Having games for even the boring things such as vocabulary. There is a game called "SWAT" in which students swat the correct vocabulary word on a Powerpoint or other type of document projector. This activity is fun and competitive and really gets students remembering vocabulary. You can also make the questions more difficult and less difficult to differentiate based on students needs.
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I think one of the best ways to make science more fun to them and get full class participation for all students so that a lesson goes smoothly is by making sure the lesson is engaging, making the lesson inquirized can create an engaging lesson that forces the students to participate and stay engaged.
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One thing I do, is ask show an ambiguous picture of the content I'm about to teach. I then ask them what's happening and where is it? They have to write their thoughts down first, then share and justify their thoughts. If the picture is intriguing, it gets them really hooked.
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I believe students will be more engaged in science if it touches topics that they are interested in. For instance, planning lessons on science experiments on make-up (targeting high-school girls) would be interesting or the science in working out (gym, muscles, etc.) for both males and females. Basically target interesting topics first then get into other things. Not all topics will catch the attention of all students, but you'd be surprised what things you can come up with to teach in your lesson plan by simply surveying students. Science is in everything (:
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I think that all students can enjoy science and be science people. Children are naturally curious and they like to explore their interests. Design and adapt lessons so that they are hands on, engaging, and require problem solving. Many students do not enjoy science because they just read a textbook and do worksheets. This isn't benefiting anyone. Provide them with opportunities to be problem solvers and engineers. Try starting a lesson like this instead of telling them the facts or about a certain theory. Let them figure it out on their own first and then have a class discussion. After this, you can add to their learning and tell them the facts and why things happen the way they do. Another thing to remember is to act excited about science yourself, even if you don't like it. Build it up and have fun with your students!
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On top of making the lesson hands on, I always found that making a lesson relatable or personal keeps students' interest up. Most students want to know why they should care about something. Try to answer that question before it comes up.
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In my pre-service science education class, I have learned that presenting students with a science phenomena is a great way to start off a lesson. Students become interested in figuring out the answer or solution to this phenomena, and want to continue with the lesson. I have also learned that students want to learn more when they are able to develop their own experiments that revolve around the original science topic presented. Students can develop their own question they want to answer, and then come up with an experiment to find the answer. Students enjoy exploring themselves and coming up with what they want to learn about. I think students are much more motivated to learn about science when they are not told what they are going to learn and how they are going to do it. Science is such a fun subject and I think every student can enjoy it if it is gone about the right way.
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While in school, I did not enjoy science class. I hated the idea of having to go to that class every year because all we did was read out of textbook and complete worksheets. When I entered college and began my pre-service courses, I changed my views about science and how the subject should be taught to students. I have now been teaching science for 12 years and I love it. My students enjoy the class because we learn using hands-on activities. Anytime a student can be involved in learning a concept they are more likely to understand the concept and retain the knowledge.
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I think that it is important for students to have choice in the activities they are doing. I recently observed a small science center here on my campus at the University of Northern Iowa that was full of choices for students to participate in. There were options of pattern blocks, making a harmonica out of different materails, pendulum and blocks, light tables, tops, and many more activities. If you give students many different stations of activities that are engaging for them, they are able to work their brains through these activities, when they just think they are having fun, they are actually actively participating in learning different science concepts. You can move throughout the classroom throughout the different stations and talk about the different aspects of the centers to get their brains working even more.
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I found that starting class with videos that seem to "defy science" always caught all my students attention. For instance when we talked about light waves, we watched a video showing a picture behind a cup and after water was added to the cup, the picture would reverse. Students would call out "thats fake", "no way is that real", and other related things. It really grasped everyones attetion. After that we would have a discussion about it and then later allowed for students to discover it for themselves. Some other ways to get students into science is to let them use their Funds of Knowledge. Funds of Knowledge is basically the knowledge they gain from outside of school. For instance, letting your students choose a sport to show Newton's Laws of Motion or letting students even just choose which way they want to submit an assignment (e.g. PowerPoint, essay, poster, etc.). Getting to know your students Funds of Knowledge also allows for you to better plan lessons around your students. If you have access to computers, I've noticed students love getting on their computers to complete assignments and simulations.
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I am a teacher in training so I do not have much experience with science in the classroom, but from what I remember, attempting to incorporate more hands on lessons and allowing students to get involved really helps students who do not particulary enjoy science. I was not a science person growing up, but when I was given the opportunity to design my own experiement based off of my interests, science became more enjoyable.
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