Hands-On Science Rocks!
There are lot of jokes about how hard it is for teachers during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
And no wonder! Kids are excited about the holidays, everyone’s looking forward to a break, and sometimes it can feel like there’s too much going on to get any learning done. This tends to be the time of year for school concerts, field trips, and guest speakers, too.
That’s when it can be useful to turn to hands-on activities to engage students who might be having trouble focusing on the academic part of school.
Doing a unit on engineering? Try building the Eiffel tower out of marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti! Testing the aerodynamics of different objects? How about designing a catapult? Biology, physics, genetics, chemistry, astronomy—all kinds of science lend themselves to student-driven activities and experiments.
And because of the very nature of this kind of learning, it’s a wonderful way to get kids back on track during the highly distractable seasons. Like December!
What kinds of learning activities are you doing in your classroom this month?