The learning of science is an active process that requires students to have both their hands and their minds actively engaged. Teachers of all grade levels can help students to ask scientific questions, conduct investigations, make keen observations.
The learning of science is an active process that requires students to have both their hands and their minds actively engaged. Teachers of all grade levels can help students to ask scientific questions, conduct investigations, make keen observations, design experiments, record their findings, and draw conclusions based on the evidence they have gathered. This spring issue of the T-TAG ODU Network News provides many engaging ideas for scientific learning that will assist teachers to meet the particular interests, knowledge, and skills of their students.
To begin, observation is an important first step in the scientific process. To extend your students’ skills in observation, enjoy the outdoors and engage in observations that you can conduct around your school. Exploring the outdoors can provide many educational science experiments and easy science projects. For example, one way for students to engage in science learning is by examining local (broken link). If you look closely, most schoolyards have many different kinds of plants and flowers. When examining the plants, flowers, and even bugs in your schoolyard, encourage your students to document what they see. This can easily be done with a notebook or a digital camera. Have students record their exploration and findings by taking pictures. Also, items that are collected can be vievved by the class on a document camera as discussed on page 4. Journey North features an abundance of striking photos and video clips that can be used to build observation skills and inspire scientific thinking. Also, encour age children to study the impact of the (broken link)on the plants and the schoolyard environment. What changes can be found in the school yard after a big spring rain? Where does a puddle go?
To further motivate students to observe and investigate interesting phenomena while indoors, pose unique and intriguing questions. What happens when a M&M is placed in water? What causes moisture (water) to form on the outside of a cold cup?
Teachers can learn more about specific science concepts and pre pare for teaching the K-6 grade level standards by taking a free video course made available by Annenberg Media. Subjects include Earth and Space, Life Science, Physical Science, and Energy.
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