I too am in my last year before becoming a new teacher. While it's so exciting, it also makes me a little nervous because I want to be an effective and fun teacher and due to our current circumstances, we unfortunately are seeing even less of science and social studies. I am currently in a 1st-grade classroom and have not seen any "live" science or social studies instruction. When students do science or social studies, it's independently and usually revolves around watching a video or reading a scholastic magazine. I wish I was able to see some of the strategies teachers are using to teach science that does not only involve videos and online magazines. I wonder if there are some teachers actually having students do experiments at home or at least demonstrating some cool experiments and investigations.
Engaging students in the classroom is important enough and I think that during this e-learning situation, it is even more important. Students are at home or daycare and it might be even harder to focus with all the distractions around them as well as just in general getting used to this new format for learning. Something that I have learned during this remote learning is the crazy number of applications and websites available for teachers to use to make the learning more meaningful and fun for the students. Some of the new apps I have learned about are pear deck, flipgrid, nearpod, wizer.me, and phenomena for NGSS. I think by exploring through the different websites and apps available to make learning fun, we will be able to feel more comfortable in using different formats to present information and make students engaged in learning. Hope these are helpful!
I also found some websites and articles that I think would be great to give with ideas and ways to engage students in science learning.
This is an article with some ideas-
This is a link to a 30 free day trial for a website that offers interactive science lessons and activities for grades K-2. It mentions it has activities that can be done online and and includes poems, songs, videos and interaction-
Offers a bunch of ideas for activities students can do at home with few or easily accessible materials- https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/parenting/g32176446/science-experiments-for-kids/