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1st Grade Activities
I would love to learn about engaging and fun science activities for 1st graders!
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I think one way to do this would be by knowing your students and what interests them. At this age students are curious so they would be eager to learn!
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I found this website with some pretty neat science activities!
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I got an experiment idea if you were teaching about sound. It is affordable and simple ingredients: paper cups and ball of string! It's the paper cup telephone experiment. The vibrations caused by the student's voice passes through the string and reached their friend. Sound vibrations are similar to waves that moves within the string to reach the other end of the the string. When the sound waves hit the second cup, it turns into sound. Have fun, and good luck!
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This is the website my Mentor teacher use for her class, it has all the grade level you're looking for it, and you can search by the subject, the type of material you need for your lesson. When you select your activity, you can download for free, and it also gives you the related Learning Resources. This website is like teacherpayteacher but with extra information.
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Hi Danielle! In my experience, 1st graders (and all elementary students!) are very engaged when it comes to science experiments! It might be a good idea to take your students outside for a "nature walk." This will allow them to experience first hand what they are learning about! Another GREAT resource that I have found are the science texts found on the CK-12 website. These are great for learning about a variety of science standards-- and they are free! I would love to hear if anyone else has found awesome science resources!
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Me too! Early childhood needs more science!
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In my opinion I will consider hands on activities. Usually science give us the advantage to make activities out of everything. For example a 1st grader will be exited observing the characteristics of a butterfly and feeling like a real life scientist.
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I agree! Any age-appropriate hands on activities are always great for first graders. Also, outdoor activities are excellent alternatives to classroom activities since the students can explore and observe nature.
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Hello Kristina. In Texas children learn about clouds in first grade. I saw an activity that used shaving cream in a jar to represent the different types of clouds. I also think you need food coloring. You can find the exact materials on Pinterest. Basically it is a hands on way to provide students with a visual of various clouds. Also shaving cream is usually inexpensive. Another option is to teach moon phases with oreo cookies. Not sure what you are looking for but I hope that helps. I always check pinterest for fun ideas.
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The best way to engage your students is to know where their interests lie. Once you have figured that out then you can design your lesson plan accordingly. I know my students love songs, so every time I teach them a new concept for example, seasons I show my students a song about seasons on YouTube. I even made a foldable with my students once but they did not like that. This way I found out what my students like to do and what they do not. I also made a PowerPoint game for the students in which they had clues and the students had to guess what season it is. The students really liked that. So it all depends on what is interesting for the students. Some students will like something and others will not. You just have to see what works for your class. My students also like reading about a particular topic or watching an informational video about it that is age appropriate.
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I am a student teacher for a first grade science class and have been able to observe and create fun activities that have helped my students be active learners. Students are big on hands-on learning activities and tend to remember more when they are interacting with other students or classroom materials. I am currently working on a living and nonliving lesson plan. I am going to introduce my lesson by reading a book on the lesson objective, then I will have an open discussion to know what students know. Additionally, I will create two circle maps to explore my students knowledge. I will properly explain what living and nonliving is. My job is to explain and provide a fun activity for the lesson objective. I am thinking of creating a bucket sort of living and nonliving items. They will work with a partner and hands-on objects. In addition, another fun activity I did with my first grade class was creating a seasonal book. They wrote three sentences for each season. The students also had the opportunity to create a tree for each season with a small amount of paint and a Q-tip. There books were both creative and informative. I hope my ideas can help anyone in need. The key to an effective lesson is to let your imagination lead the way. Please feel free to share any resources on living and nonliving that I can use in my upcoming lesson. Thank you in advance.
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Hello Danielle! There are a lot of fun science activities for first graders that are also inquiry activities! A really popular activity deals with the life cycle of a butterfly, though this would take a few classes to complete. This activity should be done prior to teaching about the life cycle of a butterfly so that students can try to use their observations to learn about it first. The investigable question could be: what happens in the life cycle of a butterfly? Over the next few days, students can observe a caterpillar and watch it go through the process of turning into a butterfly. Each day they should write observational notes or drawings in their journal until finally, the caterpillar turns into a butterfly! Then you can ask the class to share their observations and you as the teacher could then fully explain the life cycle to them :)
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As a future teacher, I am always on the look out for engaging activities for my first graders! One of the most exciting lessons I had the chance to take part of was the opportunity to raise chicks. My first grade teacher worked for weeks to prepare us and explain what a big responsibility it was to take part in the chick's life. When they arrived, we all sat in quiet excitement that our guests were here! While the eggs incubated in our classroom, we had the chance to explore what was happening on the inside of our eggs, and make small observation books about what the chick should look like! By the time the chick's began to hatch, we were all so fond of them and couldn't wait to meet our friends! The chicks were in our classroom for about a week, until a farmer came and took the chick's back.
This activity certainly takes much planning and effort, but it is a lesson that your students will remember forever! Especially in urban settings, this gives students a chance to experience a real life chick! If it is not possible for your class to experience this in real life, perhaps they would research and watch videos, and at the end of the lesson, a farmer could bring a chick to visit!
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I love these activities!! I am student teaching in Dayton, Ohio and would love to try some of these activities!!
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Get to know your students, likes and dislikes and how they interact with one another. hands on activities are a must, especially for early childhood! Pinterest is also a great source when looking for activities to engage students in for science activities/experriments.
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