Whether you are a science teacher, an educator who wants to encourage more science discussion in the classroom, or a parent looking for ways to get your child excited about science, this blog post can help. The first step is to know what kind of learning style your child has so that you know how best to teach them and keep their attention. There are many different kinds of learning styles and some kids may have more than one. Once you’ve determined which they prefer, then it’s time to start making plans! We’ve put together 11 ideas for getting your students engaged with hands-on projects related with science topics like biology, chemistry and physics.
Every year, the US spends more than $195 billion on education. Imagine how much of that could be saved if we improved science awareness among kids! The best way to do this is by encouraging discussions in classrooms about science and scientific topics. Below are some ways you can create a classroom discussion where students will get excited talking about science:
- Say the science terms out loud, such as DNA. Make these words a part of your everyday vocabulary and encourage kids to do the same.
- Create an “adopt a scientist” project where students research one particular person’s life work in great detail and then present their findings for others to learn from.
- Get your students to interview scientists in the field and ask questions about their work.
- Start a science journal club where classmates share what they’ve read or learned.
- Assign them science experiments that have been designed for kids, such as these on making soda pop at home using ingredients from around the house!
- Make science fun and exciting all day long!
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- Invite experts (scientists, authors) into your classroom for a visit.
- Start with prekindergarten students and work your way up.
- Create a science fair for students to participate in!
- Share the love of science with other kids by volunteering at their school.
- Share science experiments with kids and in the community.
- Attend a science fair or visit a museum of your choice that includes exhibits for children.”
- Approach it as an opportunity for learning, not punishment
- Tell your class they have 30 seconds to prepare before starting the talk – just like a debate round at the Olympics!
- Put up pictures or diagrams on a projector screen and ask what’s happening here? What does this diagram show us? Does anyone know anything else about these things? Why is this important to our lives