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More Science, Please.

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Theresa Garza Theresa Garza 190 Points

What are some ways to incoporate more science into the day to the day classroom? 

April De Leon Adrian Vela 210 Points

One of the many ways you can incorporate more science in the classroom is by making connections from your teachings in real live scenarios. For instance, we are in a 5th grade science classroom discussing about open and closed circuits, we can show the students with the lights in the room. Another good one would be, having a classroom pet. This would be a great example to use when studying habitats and animal instincts. 

April De Leon April De Leon 210 Points

Do you happen to have a class pet by any chance? If not, why so?

Derrick Lietz Derrick Lietz 438 Points

Hi Theresa,


As some others have said: Science is everywhere! That's what makes it so awesome.


Classroom pet would be awesome if you're into that sort of thing (lessons on habitat, animal behavior, animal husbandry, etc.) I think another easy way to do it is through health & wellness. Students can do exercises and you can ask students where they feel the exercise (ex: pushups - arms, chest, core). Another is through a discussion of ways to living a healthier lifestyle. Some students may have an interesting take that you could pull upon. Good luck!


- Derrick

Abigail Vasquez Abigail Vasquez 200 Points

I think you can have a segment of science news or current science events to present science to the students each day.

Have science tradebooks, chapter books, science biograhies available for reading.

During PE, have students monitor their heart and breathing rates, how fast they can run, how far, etc. and then reserach it in health or science class, if possible.

During arts/crafts students could research the materials they are using, the colors in their paints, etc. Pigmentation is every where so even talking about the color in the classroom, their clothing, etc. introduces chemistry.

Current events often include science items, but another class starter is the weather for the day, for the week, etc. and have students give the weather forecast as the year proceeds. This can also provide discussions of preparing for possible weather-hot, cold, storms, etc. and teaches seasons, water cycle, etc. 

Just a few ideas. 


Abby Southard Abby Southard 235 Points

Science is EVERYWHERE!! :) We just have to find it in places we would never think to look. Weather is a great way to start out science which then could go into the water cycle. After that you could go on to explaining the plant life cycle and then going into ponds and lakes and discussing how its all one big circle of life! 

Andy Tran Andy Tran 440 Points

Hi Theresa, 

One of my favorite ways to incorporate science into art is to talk about the 3 Rs of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Your students can learn about the landfill and how having so much trash impacts our environment. So, you can tell students that they can reuse old objects and materials to make art out of it. For example, you can teach students that they can use materials like toilet paper rolls, plastic bottles, and other objects they planned on throwing away to make something new, like rocketships or boats. At the end of this project, you can have students weigh and display their art projects so they can visualize and quantify the posititive impact they made by creating art out of waste instead of sending it to the landfill. 

I hope this helps you!

Good luck! 

Flavio Mendez Flavio Mendez 53031 Points

I always find ideas in NSTA's Science and Children articles.


Stephanie Gomez Stephanie Gomez 390 Points

One small thing you can do is to read a science fact to your students each day.  That can lead to a class discussion or a journal topic prompt.

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