Science Experiments and Hands-On Social Studies Activities for Summer

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This time-saver contains 10 different hands-on Science and Social Studies high-interest activities that are integrated into reading and writing!

Why use this collection in the classroom?

These subjects are tough to fit into the day, but when combining important reading and writing skills with these fun activities, the children are engaged, learning, and having fun! In the primary grades, most of the time is spent on literacy activities, but the children are drawn to learning about their world. These resources are motivational for the children while allowing the practice of their important literacy skills.

How it works:

This summer collection has several age-appropriate Science and Social Studies activities. Many of the activities are hands-on experiments and exercises that involve high interest for the children. Other activities involve high-interest passages for the children to read and interact with.

I developed these activities to make it easier to squeeze these important subjects into my second grade classroom.

This set contains these activities:

Thunderstorms mini-information booklet

Make a Thunderstorm Experiment

Does it Float? activity

Exploring Force and Motion with swings

Exploring Shadows

Independence Day -close read

Making Sand Landforms

Helen Keller mini-information booklet

Being a Good Citizen activity

Canada, U.S.A, or Both? Sorting activity

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Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
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Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.


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