Monthly Science Activities

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⭐️⭐⭐️⭐️⭐️ "My students are really enjoying these seasonal science activities so far. I'm so excited I found them! This is really going to step up my science game! Thank you!" - Ariane

Integrate more science into your curriculum using fun and engaging seasonal content that combines monthly topics with hands-on activities, STEM projects, classroom demonstrations, and independent work. These monthly science activities can be used as sub plans, enrichment, or complementing your existing science program. All activities have a print and digital option.

This monthly bundle includes:

  • January
    • Hibernation
    • Types of snowfall
    • Snowflakes
    • Famous scientist, Stephen Hawking

  • February
    • Circulatory ( Cardiovascular ) human body system
    • Hibernation and Groundhogs
    • Problem-solving and engineering
    • Measurement
    • Changes in matter
    • Surface tension
    • Famous scientist, Steve Jobs

  • March
    • Nutrition
    • Digestive system
    • Problem-solving and engineering
    • Seasons
    • Equinox
    • Women in the field of STEM
    • Famous scientist, Garrett Morgan

  • April
    • The history of April Fool's and Earth Day
    • Optical illusions
    • Chemical reactions
    • Plant defenses
    • Human impact on the environment (ocean pollution)
    • Learn of the effect plastics have on our oceans
    • Learn how wildlife tries to survive despite the amount of pollution
    • Brainstorm ideas to reduce the amount of pollution
    • Devise a plan to eliminate plastics in our oceans
    • Problem-solving and engineering
    • Famous scientist, George Washington Carver

  • May
    • Recognize Physical Fitness Month, Pet Week, and Mother's Day
    • 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
    • Famous scientist, Alexander Graham Bell

  • June
    • Activities for
      • National Say Something Nice Day
      • Father's Day
      • Summer Solstice
      • Hurricane season
    • How the feeling of being grateful can positively impact the human body and those around us
    • Animals inherit traits from their parents (Father's Day)
    • Hurricanes and their impact on the environment
    • Ways to reduce the destruction from a hurricane
    • Earth's revolution and tilt around the sun
    • Differences between the two hemispheres
    • Traditions and holidays based on the summer solstice
    • Interpret data and predict future weather patterns
    • Scientist in the News, Betty Holberton

  • July (Check out this month for FREE)
    • Activities for
      • National Gummy Worm Day
      • National Ice Cream Day
      • National Moon Day
    • Topics cover:
      • Problem Solving
      • Collaboration
      • Teamwork
      • Temperature changes states of matter
      • Life cycles and how organisms grow, develop and survive
      • Earth, sun, moon model
    • Activities include:
      • Save Sam the Gummy Worm Activity - Students will collaborate to problem solve and use teamwork to create solutions.
      • Ice Cream in a Bag Activity - Students will learn how temperature can change states of matter by making ice cream
      • Moon Walk reading comprehension
      • Birthday Moon Project
      • Scientist in the News, Nikola Tesla

  • August
    • Activities for
      • National Smores Day
      • National Aviation Day

    • Science topics covered:
      • Heat energy
      • Force and motion
      • Basic science skills
      • Design and engineering skills

    • Summer science activities include:
      • National Aviation Day activity:
        • Video links
        • Reading passage on the history of aviation
        • reading passage on the four forces of flight
        • Group expectations sheet
        • Parachute jumper STEM activity
        • Science reading on solar oven
        • Solar oven STEM activity
        • Class posters for basic science skills
        • Activities to learn and practice how to classify, predict, estimate, observe, infer, and measure.
        • Basic skills Nearpod activity (Check out a preview of the Nearpod activity by clicking here.)
        • Scientist in the News article on Louis Pasteur

  • September
    • Activities for:
      • Labor Day
      • National Clean-Up Day
      • Autumnal equinox

    • Science topics covered:
      • Careers in science
      • Ocean pollution, specifically the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
      • Seasons
      • Scientific Method
    • Back to School Science Activities include:

Careers in Science Labor Day Activity

  • Vocabulary sheet
  • 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 the impact humans are having 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 garbage patches in the ocean.
  • Student Google Slide presentation: Students can use this to follow a class discussion or in small groups to collaboratively 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
  • 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

  • October
    • Activities for:
      • Halloween
      • Dia de los Muertos, also known as Day of the Dead
    • Science topics covered:
      • Life cycles
      • Energy cycles
      • Human body systems
      • Design and engineering STEM

Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Activity

  • Science text detailing the stages of the life cycle of a pumpkin along with comprehension questions
  • Graphic organizer to summarize information
  • Digital version
  • Answer Key

Skeletal System Activity

  • Science text introducing students to the parts, functions, and how the skeletal system operates. This lesson includes comprehension questions.
  • Hands-on activity to replicate a human bone
  • Digital version of science text included

Physical and Changes Halloween Experiments

  • Teacher directions
  • Three physical and chemical changes experiments for students to determine the change in matter that is occurring:
    • Glow sticks
    • Pumpkins in water
    • Wizard's potion

  • Answer key

Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead

  • History text of this holiday along with significant symbols and traditions
  • Two science STEM activities
    • Create an ofrenda
    • Making marigolds
  • Digital version included
  • Rubrics and answer key included

Scientist in the News

  • Print and digital reading on famous scientist, Marie Curie

  • November
    • Activities for:
      • Veterans Day
      • Great American Smoke Out
      • Thanksgiving

    • Science topics covered:
      • Ecosystems and habitats
      • Energy roles in ecosystem: Producer, types of consumers, decomposters
      • Food chains and webs
      • Vaping and effects on human body
      • design and engineering skills

Veterans Day activity: (print and digital versions)

    • Three-page reading article with comprehension questions
    • 5 tab review flipbook activity
    • STEM flagpole building activity with rubric

Great American Smoke Out activity:

    • Four-page reading text with comprehension questions
    • Vaping CER response
    • Opinion writing response
    • Poster project with model and student instruction sheet
    • Rubric and answer key

Thanksgiving activity: Can you save Tim the turkey?

    • Student materials sheet
    • Four-page resource for students to design their turkey trap, record observations, and answer comprehension questions
    • Rubric

Turkey Ecosystem activity:

    • Three-page science text with comprehension questions on the life of a turkey
    • Three-page science text with comprehension questions on a turkey's ecosystem, including energy roles such as producer, consumer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, scavenger, and decomposer
    • Two-page science text on turkey food chains and food webs
    • Two graphic organizers to review science concepts
    • Answer key

Scientist in the News, Albert Einstein

  • December
    • Peppermints
    • Gumdrops
    • Reindeer and mammals
    • Famous scientist, Ada Lovelace
    • Winter solstice

Monthly science units include:

  • Teacher instructions and how to use sheets
  • Scientist in the News - Celebrates the birthday of a famous scientist giving students information to learn about the scientist's life and contribution to science.
  • Includes a variety of topics that may integrate holidays or topics associated with the month
  • Science articles about teaching students about the seasonal concept
  • STEM project to enhance problem-solving and engineering skills
  • Research graphic organizers and templates
  • Printable and digital options allow for flexibility in the classroom

Monthly science activities you may be interested in:

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