Start off the school year with ideas and resources from your NSTA colleagues.
Science and Children – Sharing Products: Science Exhibitions and Beyond
The featured articles this month describe how teachers and students can go beyond traditional replicas and science fairs to create products and processes that showcase their learning and problem-solving skills (and their creativity)
- Need to know more about the “maker movement?” Bringing the Maker Movement to School describes student “tinkering” and problem solving, culminating in a showcase of ideas and projects.
- Remaking Science Fairs has alternatives to the traditional, competitive science fairs, including a timeline for a class science “convention.”
- Celebrating Science With the Community describes how to modify a formulaic science fair into a celebration of learning with an authentic, public audience. Examples include a career fair, a science convention, and a pop-up restaurant in which students showcased their knowledge of plants.
- The lesson described in Firefly, Firefly includes trade books and the arts to capitalize on students’ interest in these insects
- The Early Years: Classroom Memories illustrates students creating a “documentation panel” to communicate, share, and reflecy on what they are learning. The article includes a lesson on water flow as an example.
- Teaching Through Trade Books: What We Do With Ideas has two 5E lessons that focus on helping students expand their thinking through fostering creativity and divergent thinking. Methods and Strategies: Science Storybooks also describes using trade books in science.
- The Poetry of Science: Sinking and Floating has a poetic way to introduce the concepts.
- Seeing Science in Haiku exemplifies how students can communicate their observations creatively. The article includes examples and teaching suggestions.
- Science 101: What Constitutes a Good Science Project goes beyond a lock-step scientific “method” to describe the reality of science investigations.
- Engineering Encounters: Designing Healthy Ice Pops combines two things students like: science and food (but don’t eat in the lab!).
For more on the content that provides a context for these projects and strategies see the SciLinks topics Arachnida, Bioluminescence, Buoyancy, Current Electricity, Electric Current, How does nature reuse materials?, Insects, Nutrition, Parts of a Plant, Plants as Food, Watersheds.