May Activities for Science | End of Year Science

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Need more science activities for May? These activities will help you incorporate more science while recognizing Physical Fitness Month, Pet Week, Mother's Day, and Memorial Day. Students will read articles to improve their literacy skills as they learn about the human body and the effect that exercise has on it, how pets can improve our mental and physical health, animal survival skills, why Memorial Day is important, and the Scientist of the Month, Alexander Graham Bell. All activities include print and digital options to allow for flexibility in the classroom. These science activities are perfect for the end of the year as they help complement your science curriculum, integrate science and literacy skills, or be used as sub plans.

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May holidays include:

May science topics include:

  • Human Body
  • Emotional and Physical benefits of pet ownership
  • Animal survival skills
  • Design and engineering skills

Students will learn about:

  • The effect that exercise has on the human body system
  • How exercise improves and protects the body
  • How the body systems work together
  • Positive effects that animals have on people
  • How animals care for their offspring
  • Survival skills in the animal kingdom
  • Pulleys and how a flagpole works

May 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.
  • Five printable worksheets on the human body systems explain how each works together, and the effect exercise has on the body systems.
  • Two graphic organizers
    • One to summarize how each body system works with another to maintain homeostasis to keep the body healthy and safe
    • The second organizer will have students explain the effects of exercise on the body system.

  • One page article on the benefits of owning a pet
  • Graphic organizer and research template for students to learn about an animal they would like to have as a pet
  • Reading and comprehension activity on how different species care for their children
  • Graphic organizer and research template for students to study an animal of their choice to learn how it is raised and the different survival skills its species needs to survive.
  • Memorial Day reading article with comprehension questions
  • STEM activity - Students will create a flagpole to honor fallen soldiers
  • Reading text on famous scientist, Alexander Graham Bell
  • Answer key

How to use these End of the Year science activities:

  • Use the activities to recognize calendar holidays in your classroom
  • Engage students in End of Yea science fun using these activities
  • Leave science texts as sub plans
  • Science station activities
  • Fun Friday activities
  • Homework assignments
  • Group projects
  • Enrichment activities
  • Honor Memorial Day

Teacher feedback:

  • My students enjoyed the topics very much! I loved how the passages were organized - perfect for my struggling students. The graphic organizer for the animal moms article made for a fun research mini project at this point in the year! Thank you!
  • My students loved doing these at the end of the year!!
  • Wonderful resource that captivated my students' attention. Students loved the passages and activities.
  • Perfect for my science unit!

Other science activities you might be interested in:

Human Body:

Famous Scientists and Inventors:

Decor and Reading Articles


Memorial Day

This lesson will assist in aligning to NGSS:

4-LS1-1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes: Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

MS-LS2-2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics: Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.

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