Summer Science August Activities

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Summer science activities are the perfect way to entertain your students during the summer or back to school season. These summer science lessons will teach students about heat energy, forces of flight, improve their ability to create, design, and engineer, review basic science skills, and famous scientist Louis Pasteur. All activities have print and digital options to allow for flexibility in the classroom. Use these summer science activities to complement your science curriculum, integrate science and literacy skills in your classroom, or use them as sub plans.

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August holidays include:

  • National Smores Day
  • National Aviation Day

August science topics include:

Students will learn about:

  • Solar ovens: how they are designed and used to cook food
  • Design, create and engineer their solar oven
  • Timeline of aviation
  • Four forces of flight; thrust, weight, drag, lift
  • Design, create and engineer their parachute jumper
  • Basic science skills; classify, estimate, measure, predict, observation, inference

August 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.
  • Video links to assist in teaching the four forces of flight
  • Two-page reading passage on the history of aviation
  • Two-page reading passage on the four forces of flight
  • Group expectations sheet
  • STEM activity to build a parachute jumper from given materials
  • Two-page science reading passage on solar ovens
  • STEM activity to build a solar oven from given materials
  • Classroom posters for the terms listed below
  • Ten printable worksheets to learn and practice the skills of
    • classifying
    • predicting
    • estimating
    • measuring
    • observing
    • inferring

How to use this activity in your classroom:

  • Summer school lessons
  • Back to school science
  • Science camps
  • Introduction to science activities
  • Sub plans
  • Fun Friday science activity
  • Celebrate National Aviation Day

Teacher feedback:

  • I bought this resource to use with my 4th grade class. Since we are in the summer, I thought I would try this out. It was very easy to make and did what it was supposed to. It also left me thinking about how I could improve this design to melt the marshmallow faster with the chocolate on them. I can't wait to try this with my class. Thanks!
  • Good items to use. No prep is needed.
  • My students loved using this Wonderful resource during Summer School! Hands on Science is the way to go year round!
  • Such a wonderful resource. My students have enjoyed it. It is easy to use and put together nicely.

This science activity will assist in aligning to NGSS:

5-PS2-1: Forces and Interactions - Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.

4-PS3-2: Energy - Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.

4-PS3-4: Energy - Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.

3-5-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.

3-5-ETS1-3: Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled, and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another. Examples of devices could include electric circuits that convert electrical energy into motion energy of a vehicle, light, or sound; and, a passive solar heater that converts light into heat. Examples of constraints could include the materials, cost, or time to design the device. Devices should be limited to those that convert motion energy to electric energy or use stored energy to cause motion or produce light or sound.


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