Back to School Science September Activities

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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.

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September holidays include:

  • Labor Day
  • National Clean Up Day
  • Autumnal equinox

September science topics include:

  • Careers in science
  • Ocean pollution, specifically the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • Seasons
  • Scientific Method

Students will learn about:

  • Different careers in science
    • Archaeologist
    • Astronomer
    • Biochemist
    • Botanist
    • Climatologist
    • Ecologist
    • Forensic Scientist
    • Geologist
    • Marine Biologist
    • Neurologist
    • Oceanographer
    • Pharmacist
    • Speleologist

  • Human impact on our oceans
  • How earth revolves around the sun
  • How the change of seasons impact the environment
  • The scientific method

September Back to School Science Activities include:

  • Teacher tips and instructions to implement the activities into your classroom
  • Digital instructions to distribute the Google Slides activities through your secure learning management system such as Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, etc. ALL ACTIVITIES HAVE A DIGITAL COMPANION.

Careers in Science Labor Day Activity

  • Vocabulary sheet
  • Scientist Careers Bulletin Board Posters
  • Four-page printable science reading on different science careers
  • Student template to create a "Help Wanted" poster project
    • Specific templates for each of the listed careers
    • Blank template

  • Digital Google Slides version of the above work
  • Rubric to assess student work

Human Impact on the Environment Ocean Pollution Activity for National Clean Up Day

  • Teacher Google Slide Ocean Pollution presentation: Use this to have a whole-class discussion with your students about humans' impact on our oceans. (Yes, this can be used with your learning management system - Google Classroom, Schoology, etc. or converted to Microsoft PP for use with Microsoft Teams)
  • Four printable worksheets - Students can demonstrate their knowledge of ocean pollution and design a solution to solve one of the human impact problems contributing to creating patches of garbage in the ocean.
  • Student Google Slide presentation: Students can use this to follow a class discussion or in small groups to work collaboratively to design a solution for ocean pollution.
  • Answer key for comprehension questions

Autumnal Equinox Activity

  • Three page science reading on the fall equinox and how leaves change
  • Digital companion
  • Answer key

Scientific Method

  • Classroom posters to create a bulletin board.
  • Print and Digital activity using M&Ms to acclimate students to the scientific method
  • Answer key

Scientist in the News

  • Print and digital reading on famous scientist, Isaac Newton

This science activity will assist in aligning to NGSS:

  • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
  • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth'sresources and environment.
  • MS-ESS1-1. Develop and use a model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe the cyclic patterns of seasons.
  • 3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

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Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
NGSS5-ESS3-1
Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.

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