Elementary Science Teacher Resources

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Play the Jeopardy Science Game and test your students knowledge of basic elementary science concepts. The questions in this game should be able to be answered by a 5th or 6th grader and are fairly general. Topics cover life, space, physical, and Earth science.
Students examine the last stage of the monarch butterfly. In this life cycles lesson, students read the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar and study photos of the monarch life cycle. Students illustrate the third stage of the monarch butterfly.
Read Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomi De Paola then participate in different activities which practice skills such as English language development, using non-standard measurement, fine motor skills, dramatic play, and using our five senses.
Students learn the technology of kite making and how to make a kite and fly a kite.
First graders use literature with science as they discover the effects of air on plants and animals. They make observations and record data in a graph to analyze.
Incorporate art and poetry into an early elementary science lesson about cloud formation. With fun and engaging activities that follow a natural learning progression, youngsters will develop key vocabulary and conceptual understanding about clouds. 
Help young scientists connect with nature and learn about trees with a fun life science lesson plan. Heading out into the school yard, children choose a tree to adopt, taking measurements, writing descriptions, and drawing sketches of it in their science journals. Perform a series of observations over the course of a month, a semester, or the entire school year to allow the class to experience the seasonal changes trees undergo. This cross-curricular lesson plan brings together topics in math, language arts, and science and would make an excellent addition to an elementary science unit on plant life.
You don't have to travel far to learn about rocks, just step outside, pick up a stone, and begin investigating. After taking a class walk around the school grounds collecting rocks, young scientists practice their skills of observation by writing brief descriptions and creating sketches of their samples. Students then learn about the three types of rocks - igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic - before working collaboratively in small groups to classify the rocks they collected. Use this lesson to kick of an elementary science unit on rocks and minerals, engaging young learners in exploring the world on which they live.
From days of 24 hour sunlight, to endless nights that last for days, the Arctic is a very unique place to live. Examine the seasonal changes that occur in the northern-most reaches of the globe and the impact they have on the plants and animals living there. The included worksheet offers a number of different opportunities for learners to demonstrate their understanding of this unique region. This instructional activity would fit nicely in either a unit on ecosystems or weather and climate in an upper-elementary science class.
Raise children's awareness about the importance of conservation with this hands-on science lesson. Start by breaking the class into groups and having them collect trash from around the school or local park. Students then use the provided Venn diagram to sort the items they found based on their ability to be reduced, reused, or recycled. Include this lesson as part your class's Earth Day celebration or as a supplement to an elementary science unit on ecosystems or the environment.
Help young scholars see the important role camouflage plays in the survival of animals with a fun science lesson plan. Starting with an outdoor activity, children take on the role of hungry birds as they search for worms represented by different colored pieces of yarn. The results of the activity are graphed in order to demonstrate how certain colors were easier to find than others. Learners then explore three different types of camouflage - disruptive colorationconcealing coloration, and disguise - by creating collages using wrapping paper, construction paper, and materials collected from nature. This hands-on lesson plan would fit perfectly in an elementary science unit on ecosystems and animal adaptions.
Step into the great outdoors and develop young scientists' skills of observation with a nature journaling lesson. Given a specific focus or goal, children practice making and recording observations of nature through written descriptions and detailed sketches. Once students become comfortable with this activity, it can be repeated as a supplement to elementary science units on just about any topic.
Are you thinking about taking your class to the local zoo? Kids of all ages love visiting exotic animals in order to learn about biodiversity, habitat, and animal adaptations. Here is a 44-page activity guide that provides educators with a wide variety of pre-trip activities intended to enhance the overall field trip experience. Each activity is hands on and involves reading, research, creative thinking, and collaboration to facilitate interest and a deeper understanding of the curriculum. For example, one activity provides children with the opportunity to create a cheetah diorama.
Two types of radiation are discussed in this conversation between a professional and a preteen scientist. Solar rays and galactic cosmic rays are extremely powerful and need to be shielded against when astronauts travel in space. Radiation can affect us on Earth, but the atmosphere blocks and deflects much of it. This video would be a pleasant preview to the topic of radiation energy for your upper elementary science learners.
Just like so many other birds, swans migrate during the cold winter months. Your class can gain a better understanding of migration and bird life as they act out some of the activities common to the tundra swan. They make a nest, sit on "eggs," search for food, and then migrate. Video, music, and reading suggestions are included to make this a multimedia experience. Note: The lesson states it is appropriate for learners of any age; however it may be somewhat juvenile for children in grades five and up. 
This psychedelic session of STEMbite introduces the concept of diffraction to your upper elementary science class. The teacher in the video uses a compact disc to show the rainbow results of the bending of light and then dons a pair of holographic diffraction glasses over his Google glass. He draws an explanation on a piece of paper to make the concepts clear and explains how useful diffraction is in science. Use this clip during your unit on light.
Dandelion and maple tree seeds are blown and thrown to show two methods of seed dispersal. The narrator videotapes from his vantage point, his hands visible, but never his face. He examines helicopter blades as a human imitation of maple seeds. He eats and apple and deposits one of its seeds into the toilet as he explains how seeds can be dispersed by traveling animals. Elementary science classes would both enjoy and benefit from this homemade video when studying the plant life cycle. Have them research other methods of seed dispersal or other products humans have developed that imitate nature's ways.
Simple machines and the relationship between work and force are defined. Inclined planes, the wheel and axle, pulleys, levers, wedges, and screws are detailed. This video consists entirely of typed white print appearing across a purple screen. Create a reading comprehension worksheet to go along with this video and assign as homework for your upper-elementary science learners.
3rd graders will participate in a variety of tasks which help them to understand the basic concepts of plant growth. Research and reporting skills are developed as they gather information from various sources related to the use of plants by humans for food, shelter and clothing, and in the production of various products.
Eighth graders explore and demonstrate an understanding of the factors that contribute to the efficient operation of mechanisms and simple machines. They design and make a mechanical toy device that moves a given object a specified vertical and horizontal distance, and investigate the efficiency of the mechanical device.

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