*This product is part of my Back to School Beginning of the Year Activities: HUGE BUNDLE*
*This resource is part of my Back to School Beginning of the Year Activities: Math and Science Bundle*
30+ 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 this pack 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, but science activities just might be my favorites.
With that in mind, I created this pack. 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.
All activities are designed for you to get to know your students, but also to allow them to see how science should look. With a constructivist approach, students will learn that science is fun, that they are responsible for their learning and constructing their own knowledge, and that science will look different for each and every one of them.
The following activities are found in this 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?
I hope you love these activities as much as I do!
Thank you so much!