How do you teach Science in a way that is meaningful, fun and interesting? Put your students there! Not just on the first page of the text with a “You Are There” blurb, and then drudging through boring and disconnected facts about science, but really put your students there by having them try to pass their science test, and become a Royal Scientist on board one of Columbus’ ships, the Niña, Pinta or Santa María!
This activity helps students answer the question “What are properties of Matter?” It is beneficial in many ways: You can use it to:
- allow your students to work together or independently
- time it for competition
- teach them how to use their books as a resource for information
- teach them how to work in effective teams
- use as a pre- and post-assessment (formative or summative)
- rate them on a Learning Scale (attached)
Best of all, this activity and be a real learning opportunity that is much more enjoyable than our students feeling bored and being babysat with books
And when your students can fill in all 13 of the fill-in-the-blanks correctly, you can print out their very own Royal Scientist medal complete with their name!
The standard used in this lesson is:
SC.2.P.8.1 – Observe and measure objects in terms of their properties, including size, shape, color, temperature, weight, texture, sinking or floating in water, and attraction and repulsion of magnets.
Although at a 2nd grade level, it can easily be adapted for any grade, or used as-is for K-1 enrichment or re-teaching for 3-5.
Subject Area: NGSSS: Science
Body of Knowledge: Physical Science
This lesson goes along perfectly with the Science Fusion text, Unit 4, Lesson 1, Grade 2. With the word bank provided however, having this resource isn’t necessary.
Enjoy this real teaching activity and the beginning of a great adventure for your students!
*Future lessons to come following this same theme of sailing with Columbus to the New World that involve all subjects; reading, math, science and language arts.
Thank you and enjoy,
Adam and the School of Athens ~ Mind Adventures