Introducing Science Tools in the Primary Classroom
One of the biggest questions I get asked is, "How do you get started?"
I start the beginning of every year exploring what a scientist is and does. There are several awesome books for introducing science to your little learners. My new favorite is Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty.
After we read, we brainstorm what qualities scientists have and add these to our anchor chart. Students have their own they can add to their science notebooks.
Then, I let them explore different science tools, like magnifying glasses, balance scales, pipettes (water droppers), etc.
The big thing about science centers is that the students can complete each task on their own. I review the expectations and picture cards with the whole class, then send them to centers to work independently.
Younger students will need lots of guidance and encouragement to do things on their own, but the visual task cards and simple directions are just right for supporting students independence.
The key to setting up science centers is establishing an environment that fosters student independence. The Next Generation Science Standards focus less on knowing information and more on making sense of it. In order for that to happen, students need to learn to think for themselves instead of waiting for the answer to be provided for them.
Teach your students independence and lay the foundation for your science time with this Intro to Science Unit. You and your students will love the way it transforms your science class and takes student achievement to the next level.
I hope you found some new ideas for you classroom. I'm always adding new resources to my Teachers Pay Teachers store so be sure to follow me for the latest updates, ideas, and resources. Have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon.