Here are some basic tips for planning your science block. Your management style, student needs, and a lot of other factors will affect how efficiently your complete your lessons.
A 30 Minute Science Block
When I taught 4th grade, I had about 30 minutes 4 days a week to teach science. While this is way shorter than ideal, it’s what I had and we made the most of it. Here are my recommendations.
8:00-8:05 Set up notebook
8:05-8:25 Mini-lab, notebook lesson, or stations
8:25-8:30 Notebook Reflection
Integrate science with reading, writing, technology, and math when possible.
3. Longer Experiments
For labs or experiments that take more than one day, here’s what I recommend.
Day 1- Ask the question. Write hypotheses. Make a plan and identify materials needed. Identify variables.
Day 2- Start right away by completing the lab and collecting data.
Day 3- Make data tables. Analyze data. Draw conclusions. Reflect in notebooks.
If you have the opportunity to “trade” some of your time in a self-contained setting, that’s great. For example, you can do one hour of science on Monday and skip it on Tuesday for the time you “borrowed” from another subject.
5. Morning Work
If you don’t have time at the end of the lesson for students to reflect in their notebooks, give them some time with their science notebooks for morning work!
I hope this post was helpful! Good luck with your planning.