These activities are great for back to school or any time of the year. Discover the perceptions and stereotypes your students have about science and then shatter them all!
This lesson/collection of activities takes me a day and a half (45-50 minute class periods) to complete. Included are teacher directions, templates for printing, and coordinating PowerPoint to display.
"What is Science?" Post-It and puzzler
"What Does a Scientist Look Like?" student drawing
"Is This a Scientist? pictures
Materials Needed (in addition to what is already provided): blank paper, Ziplock baggies, Post-It notes, envelopes, colored pencils and/or crayons
Students will explore their preconceived ideas of what science is and what a scientist looks like. Most students have a picture in their head of a nerdy, old guy with crazy hair, so they are shocked to discover the variety of looks and interests that real scientist have. I refer back to this activity at the end of the year to see how perceptions and ideas have changed, as students have learned over the school year what is considered science and what is not. They also learn about famous scientists over the school year.