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***These resources are part of my Back to School Beginning of the Year Activities: HUGE BUNDLE *
60+ math and science activities for the first weeks of school.
All pintables, resources, and examples included.
*Black and white versions available for easy printing*
Hi teacher friends,
I created these packs after my first year of teaching when I learned (the hard way) just how vital the first few weeks of school are.
I realized I needed to really get to know my students, but I also learned I wanted to use the time in the first few weeks to allow my students to explore and learn important concepts in all subjects. There are a variety of great activities to do in the first few weeks, and math and science activities are great for getting to know your students.
These activities were also designed with community, teamwork, and relationship-building in mind so that students can get to know each other while performing these fun math and science activities.
With that in mind, I created these packs. I didn’t want to create a bunch of time-fillers either. I used my beliefs of a constructivism approach, based on the research of Piaget and used David Jerner Martin’s book, Elementary Science Methods: A Constructivist Approach, to develop activities that are based on the 12 processes of science: Observing, communicating, classifying, measuring, predicting, inferring, identifying and controlling variables, formulating and testing hypotheses, interpreting data, defining operationally, experimenting, and constructing models.
The following activities are found in the science pack
1. Science goals
2. Science class attitude survey
3. What makes a good scientist?
4. Portraying scientists and science
5. How many pennies?
6. Scientific reasoning
7. S’mores solar ovens
8. Sink or float?
9. Which item is better?
10. Mystery box
11. Shadows and light
12. Tower topple team building
13. Making observations like scientists
14. Using sense of smell
15. Classifying collections
17. Communications in science
18. Measurement and time
19. Measuring temperature
20. Which gets hotter?
21. Salt or sugar?
22. Paper chromatography
23. How long can you keep an ice cube frozen
24. Falling balls
25. Making raisins dance
27. Melting chocolate
28. Raw or boiled?
29. Do oranges float or sink?
30. Will an egg float or sink?
The following activities are found in the math pack:
1. Mathematic goals
2. Math class attitude survey
3. What makes a good mathematician?
4. Multiplication war?
5. Math windows
6. Math about me
7. Mental math
9. The counting game
10. Number order games
11. Counting multiples zap
12. Geometry art
13. Multiplication compare (Differentiated for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th)
14. Division compare (Differentiated for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th)
15. Get to know your teacher with numbers
16. Facial symmetry
17. Edible shapes
18. Edible arrays
19. Math with dice
20. Read, write, check, learn (Differentiated for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th)
21. Math scavenger hunt
22. Math scavenger hunt WITH PEOPLE
23. Following directions
24. Math tower building
25. What shape?
26. Silent number order
27. Teamwork math
28. What’s the number?
29. Back to school math books one
30. Back to school math books two
I hope you love these activities as much as I do!
Thank you so much!
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