I am so excited to host a few of the awesome science bloggers over the next few weeks. First up, we have an awesome K-3 STEM teacher: Penny Lundquist from Superlative Science! I love her blog and all of her great ideas! She was sweet enough to write a guest post for me and share a freebie…make sure you check out her blog (links at the bottom).
I always start off the year with the nature of science. The students need to learn how scientists use specific skills and processes to explore their curiosities. The first skill we learn is observation. A great easy activity for observation is to line up your class in two rows facing each other. Have them turn around facing away and change one small thing about their appearance (a button, shoelace, hairbow, collar up, etc.), have them turn back around and guess what is different. Shuffle the line and repeat. You can also have the principal or another teacher stop by for something random. Have them leave, change one thing about their appearance and stop back by in five minutes. Have everyone write down what changed and turn it in. Give the winner a prize.
Here is a link for a freebie science signs and labels packet: https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0BwO4fqwIC0ztOHVURW9KNXZsajQ/edit