This is Sarah Winchell from Science is for Kids. My website is undergoing a big make over with a new logo and a new look. I hope to become your go to site for primary grades science! I will be dipping into upper elementary as the year goes on. I would love for you to visit and keep visiting as my site changes!
I know all teachers are busy and it is a huge job to cover the all the standards and to teach science. I have heard from some teachers that they are being told to not teach science! That is sad...you don't have to give it up. Science, STEM and Engineering in Education are on the rise so please don't leave it out. One way to make sure kids are getting the science instruction they deserve is to add it into your daily routine during other subjects.
You can practice math skills using rocks and then have a discussion about states of matter. Rocks are certainly a solid!! In the photo above we were ordering the rocks according to size and we used the rocks to sort. These rocks are not special they came from our school grounds. What makes them special is that the kids chose them. I give each child a clear plastic cup with their name on it and we go out and gather rocks! These rocks might as well be gold to the children! They want to use their rocks and only their rocks...... as you can imagine these poor old rocks get quite the work out as the year goes on. If rocks could sigh these might.
We write about the rocks during non-fiction writing units and most importantly we collaborate during our writing. The kids initially write their ideas. After writing they can move about the room asking for suggestions.....edits from their peers. Then after working with editing pals they refine their writing and then publish the next day. This is a great way to address speaking and listening goals in your classroom. Of course I am up moving around during this time working with anyone that needs an extra boost.
I hope you will be able to find ways to integrate science into your daily routine. I will be here to help as I start my new job as an Elementary Science Specialist. I would love to hear ways you integrate science into your daily routine!
Science is for Kids