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Teach students about concepts related to chemical bonding such as finding ions, creating electron dot diagrams, determining chemical formulas, and covalent and ionic bonding using the included teacher presentation, printable worksheets, and digital Google Slides activities. Your students are going to love this activity!
Looking for easy-to-implement units of study for your physical science curriculum? These activities will help students learn about electricity, magnetism, forms of energy, force and Newton's laws of motion, and simple machines. This curriculum includes science text, projects, classroom posters, cooperative learning demonstrations, graphic organizers, and review activities for your middle school science students!
Science | Fast Finishers | Challenge | Challenge your grade 4, 5, and 6 students with these activities to engage and support their science needs. Student work ethic and accountability will improve with this fun fast finisher book. #scienceteacher #iteachscience #backtoschool
If you've ever wanted to learn how to teach tides to your students, click here to learn about ideas and activities to use to teach students about tides! We'll cover the basics of what tides are and how they work, as well as some tips on how to effectively teach about tides to your grade 5 6 7 students.
Looking for some festive and educational December science activities? Look no further! These December science activities are perfect for getting little ones excited about STEM during the holiday season. From making homemade snow to experimenting with peppermint and gumdrops, there are plenty of ideas to keep kids busy and learning. So what are you waiting for? Grab these ideas and get started!
Teach your students about the parts and functions of the plant and animal cell, Cell Theory, meiosis, and mitosis using this unit of printable and digital activities. Students will identify what plant and animal cells look like, explain how the Cell Theory was developed and the scientists who contributed to it, label and describe the parts and functions of the plant and animal cell organelles, and compare and contrast meiosis and mitosis.
You’ll likely start with the skeletal and muscular systems if you teach the human body systems. First, these two systems are well known to most students. Starting with the skeletal and muscular systems allows you to teach students how these body systems work with others to maintain homeostasis and keep us alive and healthy. Check out these ideas to learn how to teach the skeletal and muscular systems.
The back-to-school year in science class usually involves a unit on lab safety. However, after students have been exposed to the rules of staying safe in the lab, finding new ways to engage students in lab safety activities can be challenging. If you are a science teacher looking for new ways to keep students interested in lab safety, check out these ideas below:
What happens when class finishes a few minutes early? Are students lining up at the door, starting to fool around, or generally off task? One way to help manage classroom behaviors is to keep students engaged throughout the class. So, for example, even though your science lesson ended a few minutes early, students don’t need to know that as they complete the following science time filler activities.
Teach students about the NGSS SEPs science and engineering practices using the print and digital lessons and classroom decor posters. Student reference sheets for each science practice are also included. Students will become familiar with each of the 8 SEPs and complete practice examples to demonstrate their understanding of science and engineering practices. This NGSS aligned activity is perfect for grade 4 5 6 science students. SEPs posters look great in science classroom.
If you are looking for ways to teach your Upper Elementary students the steps of the Scientific Method then you’ll want to check out this unique idea! Not only will you be teaching SCIENCE, but students will also realize that this can also be used to help solve everyday problems in the real world. A win-win! Check it out.
Inspire a love of reading and build your students' literary skills by incorporating picture books in your science curriculum. Here are some great ideas about the benefits of reading these books to the upper elementary grades and how to use them effectively in the classroom! Follow here to learn more!
Get your science students back to school ready using these September topical activities and lessons. Through print and digital activities, students will learn about careers in science, ocean pollution, the scientific method, the autumnal equinox, and Scientist of the Month, Isaac Newton. In addition, these activities will give students a science connection to Labor Day, National Clean Up Day, and the fall equinox. All lessons have print and digital options.
Three ways to engage your students during your lab safety unit. If you're looking for ways to make lab safety fun in your science classroom, these lab safety activities are for you! I'm sharing 3 meaningful ways to use video and games to review lab safety rules in your upper elementary or middle school science classroom this back to school season. Join our email list for a lab safety sketch note freebie. #labsafety #backtoschool #middleschoolscience
Introduce meiosis and mitosis to your students using the science text packets to guide your classroom to understand the cell cycle and how cells behave. In addition to the science text, your students will complete graphic organizer notes summarizing their understanding of the cell cycle and cell division. These worksheets are a great study guide to have in their binders.
Are you looking for picture books to start your school year by building relationships and a classroom community with your students? If so, check out these back to school science book options that you can use in your classroom on the first days of school or throughout the year.