For this science scavenger I saw something like this in one teacher’s room. These are science labels to allow students to know what will they learning in science that day. For instance, have all the labels up on the white board with the magnetic clips. The unit theme would have under it, “Insects.” The science weekly theme would have “butterflies” under the label. Today’s lesson would have, “life cycle” underneath it.
It’s just a good idea to have labels to keep students interested in reading, observation, and anticipating science’s lesson.
Math and Science
This kid kit was created with an old laptop box. Fabric and letters were hot glued to box. Inside: 10 activities(7 science & 3 math), all except two items are in box with sheet protectors, expo markers, and materials needed for students to accomplish activities.
All activities are plant themed with TEKS and incorporates different learning styles for students. Directions for each activity are attached to top of box with numbers so students know exactly what activity goes with what directions.
1. Ping-pong planting game.
2. Plant matching game
3. Gardening activity
4. Butterfly wheel life cycle and Flower Word Search
5. Garden fill in blank poem
6. Seed Identification game with QR code
7. Science Board game
8. Blooming fractions
9. Flower pot math
10. Planting skills
This activity is an experiment to demonstrate Newton’s First Law of Inertia. This activity can be used as young as 2nd grade to as old as 6th grade. It still gives a visual experiment of demonstrating what inertia means. To modify this activity, instead of using eggs and cups of water, this can be used with playing cards, quarters, and an empty glass. Bill Nye does an example of this in one of the episodes.
Science Concept: In this activity, it demonstrates the Newton’s first law in the most basic way. The first law is the law of inertia. Newton stated that an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon. When acted upon with an unbalanced force the object will continue in motion with the same speed and same direction. Example, if something is dropped in a straight line, it will drop in a straight line unless force acts upon it. Just like a baseball thrown by a pitcher, it won’t go in to left field unless the batter swings and hits into left field.
This project is all about the moon phases. The student will learn about each moon phase and the cycle of it. This lesson can be used for 3rd and 4th graders. This contains a moon phase journal, recording data three nights a week for four weeks, a prezi, and a model displaying the knowledge of each moon phase.
Moon phase journal: student observes and record information based on the night the moon looks like. Here is an example:
Student will place all observations in a way of a journal student would like to. Here is an example: This is a shopping bag
Moon phase model: The teacher can use this model to teach on the moon phases or students can create their own to display the knowledge of each moon phase. The model was used with black and white paper plates onto a foam board.
Moon phase Prezi presentation:
This game can be used during the unit of life cycles. The trivia questions can be switched in and out. The ones used for this particular time was the questions on the life cycle of a turtle, butterfly, insect, and a couple of questions on a chicken’s life cycle. It’s very independent to where if a few students are finished with work, they can quietly go play the game and know exactly what to do.
Life Cycle Science Board Game Instructions
materials: game pieces, die, trivia questions and board.
How to play:
- All players start at the beginning
- When it is player’s turn, player picks up question based on all life cycles.
- Questions can ask anything about life cycle of butterfly, water, ladybug, and even turtle.
- One different player must ask question. If player gets question correct, player rolls die to move game piece.
- If player answers question wrong, player must stay where it is.
- First player to the end, wins the game.
A paperbag book can be used for first grade to record data and learn more about weather. The paper bag book will be made by teacher. Students will have already learned about seasons and will learn about the tools used with weather, observe the daily weather, and record the information observed in the paper bag book. The appropriate way is to assign this project at the beginning of the week, students pick three days and have the parents be involved in recording information, then student will cut and glue at home and bring to school the next week.