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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 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 to allow for flexibility in the classroom

    Monthly science activities you may be interested in:

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    Standards

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    NGSS4-PS3-2
    Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of energy.
    NGSS5-PS2-1
    Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down. “Down” is a local description of the direction that points toward the center of the spherical Earth. Assessment does not include mathematical representation of gravitational force.
    NGSS3-5-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.
    NGSS5-PS1-2
    Measure and graph quantities to provide evidence that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling, or mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved. Examples of reactions or changes could include phase changes, dissolving, and mixing that forms new substances. Assessment does not include distinguishing mass and weight.
    NGSSMS-ESS1-2
    Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system. Emphasis for the model is on gravity as the force that holds together the solar system and Milky Way galaxy and controls orbital motions within them. Examples of models can be physical (such as the analogy of distance along a football field or computer visualizations of elliptical orbits) or conceptual (such as mathematical proportions relative to the size of familiar objects such as students’ school or state). Assessment does not include Kepler’s Laws of orbital motion or the apparent retrograde motion of the planets as viewed from Earth.

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