Hands-on Science Activities for Grades K-2
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This resource is one of three grade-level volumes in the Science Curriculum Activities Library, a unique instructional series for K-6 teachers that provides nearly 500 exciting hands-on investigations to teach students thinking and reasoning skills along with basic science concepts and facts. Each level volume in the series focuses on three major areas of science normally taught in grades K-6 and offers a store of stimulating earth, life, and physical science activities that can be used with virtually any science text. The activities follow the discovery/inquiry approach and encourage students to analyze, synthesize, and infer based on their own hands-on experiences. Book I Hands-On Science Activities for Grades K-2 provides 119 inquiry experiences, including investigations such as "What is in Sea Water? (Water) ..."How Well Can You See in the Dark?" (The Five Senses) ...and "How Can You Make Large Sugar Crystals from Tiny Ones?" (Nature of Matter). Book II Hands-On Science Activities for Grades 3-4 provides 193 inquiry experiences such as "How Can You Make Rain?" (Weather) ..."How Does the Skin Help Regulate Body Temperature?" (Body Systems) ...and "Where Did the First Metal Magnet Come From? " (Magnetism). Book III Hands-On Science Activities for Grades 5-6 provides 187 investigations, including "How Can You Make s Soda Straw Rocket?" (Above the earth) ..."How Can We Test Food for Protein?" (Health & Nutrition) ...and "How Do Detectives Use Color to Solve Crimes?" (Light). All of these hands-on science investigations are complete and ready for use, including a title written in question form, a list of materials needed, step-by-step procedures to be carried out by the student, and special tips and background information for the teacher. Many activities also include illustrations to supplement the student procedures and special sections ("For Problem Solvers") that encourage students toward independent investigation. And some activities are identified as appropriate to "Take home and do with family and friends." To help you quickly find the appropriate activities, each grade-level volume includes a Listing of Activities by Topic that lists topics and subtopics and identifies one or more activities in that volume that can be used to introduce or reinforce the particular concept. With the hands-on activities in this unique Library, no teacher need be a "scientist" to conduct an effective and exciting science program! Moreover, the process skills emphasized in these experiences virtually assure students' increased insight and retention of content.show more

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  • Paperback | 263 pages
  • 210.8 x 275.8 x 19.3mm | 725.76g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130113379
  • 9780130113375
  • 1,309,531

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This resource is one of three grade-level volumes in the Science Curriculum Activities Library, a unique instructional series for K-6 teachers that provides nearly 500 exciting hands-on investigations to teach students thinking and reasoning skills along with basic science concepts and facts. Each level volume in the series focuses on three major areas of science normally taught in grades K-6 and offers a store of stimulating earth, life, and physical science activities that can be used with virtually any science text. The activities follow the discovery/inquiry approach and encourage students to analyze, synthesize, and infer based on their own hands-on experiences. Book I Hands-On Science Activities for Grades K-2 provides 119 inquiry experiences, including investigations such as "What is in Sea Water? (Water) ... "How Well Can You See in the Dark?" (The Five Senses) ...and "How Can You Make Large Sugar Crystals from Tiny Ones?" (Nature of Matter). Book II Hands-On Science Activities for Grades 3-4 provides 193 inquiry experiences such as "How Can You Make Rain?" (Weather) ..."How Does the Skin Help Regulate Body Temperature?" (Body Systems) ...and "Where Did the First Metal Magnet Come From?" (Magnetism). Book III Hands-On Science Activities for Grades 5-6 provides 187 investigations, including "How Can You Make s Soda Straw Rocket?" (Above the earth) ..."How Can We Test Food for Protein?" (Health & Nutrition) ...and "How Do Detectives Use Color to Solve Crimes?" (Light). All of these hands-on science investigations are complete and ready for use, including a title written in question form, a list of materials needed, step-by-step procedures to be carried out by the student, and special tips and background information for the teacher. Many activities also include illustrations to supplement the student procedures and special sections ("For Problem Solvers") that encourage students toward independent investigation. And some activities are identified as appropriate to "Take home and do with family and friends." To help you quickly find the appropriate activities, each grade-level volume includes a Listing of Activities by Topic that lists topics and subtopics and identifies one or more activities in that volume that can be used to introduce or reinforce the particular concept. With the hands-on activities in this unique Library, no teacher need be a "scientist" to conduct an effective and exciting science program! Moreover, the process skills emphasized in these experiences virtually assure students' increased insight and retention of content.show more

About Marvin N. Tolman

Marvin N. Tolman, Ed.D., Utah State University, began his career in education as a teaching principal in rural Utah and spent the next 11 years teaching grades one through six in the schools of San Juan and Utah counties. Presently professor of elementary education, he has taught math methods, science methods, and computer literacy courses at Brigham Young University for the past 20 years, served as a consultant to various school districts, and conducted many inservice workshops.show more

Table of contents

About the Science Curriculum Activities Library. About the Author. Acknowledgments. How to Use This Book. Listing of Activities by Topic and Subtopic. Section One EARTH SCIENCE ACTIVITIES. Topic 1 Air. To the Teacher. Activity 1.1 How Can You Test to See If Air Takes Up Space? Activity 1.2 How Can You Pour Air? Activity 1.3 How Can You Tell If Air Has Weight? Activity 1.4 How Can You Feel the Weight and Pressure of Air? Activity 1.5 What Is Another Way to Feel Air Pressure? Activity 1.6 How Can Air Be Compressed? Activity 1.7 What Is Another Way Air Can Be Compressed? Activity 1.8 What Can a Card Teach You About Air? Activity 1.9 How Can Air Pressure Make Things Stronger? Activity 1.10 How Can Air Help Us Drink? Activity 1.11 How Does Air Pressure Affect Water Flow? Activity 1.12 What Is the Relationship Between Moving Air and Its Pressure? Activity 1.13 What Happens When Air Is Heated? Activity 1.14 How Can You Tell That Warm Air Rises? Activity 1.15 What Happens When Air Gets Warmer? Activity 1.16 How Can We Watch Air Expand and Contract? Activity 1.17 How Does Cold Air Behave? Activity 1.18 What Happens When Warm Air and Cold Air Mix? Activity 1.19 How Can You Get Water Out of the Air? Topic 2 Water. To the Teacher. Activity 2.1 How Does Water Disappear? Activity 2.2 What Is in Sea Water? Activity 2.3 What Is Condensation? Activity 2.4 How Can You Get Water Out of the Air? Activity 2.5 What Is Another Way to Get Moisture Out of the Air? Activity 2.6 How Can a Water Drop Make Things Larger? Activity 2.7 How Can Water Make a Coin Appear? Activity 2.8 What Happens When Water Changes to a Solid? Activity 2.9 How Can You Make a Worm? Topic 3 Weather. To the Teacher. Activity 3.1 What Does a Wind Vane Do, and How Can You Make One? Activity 3.2 What Is Another Design for a Wind Vane? Activity 3.3 How Can You Use a Wind Vane? Topic 4 The Earth. To the Teacher. Activity 4.1 In What Order Do Materials Settle in Water? Activity 4.2 How Are Rocks Classified? Activity 4.3 How Do Crystals Form? Section Two LIFE SCIENCE ACTIVITIES. Topic 5 Plants and Seeds. To the Teacher. Activity 5.1 What Plant Is This? Activity 5.2 How Do Seeds Begin to Grow? Activity 5.3 How Can We Watch Seeds Grow? Activity 5.4 How Do Seeds Travel? Activity 5.5 How Can Plants Grow Without Seeds? Activity 5.6 What Is Another Way to Grow Plants Without Seeds? Activity 5.7 What Can You Do with Plants That Become Too Big for Their Containers? Activity 5.8 How Do Containers Make Plants More Interesting? Activity 5.9 What Do Plants Need in Order to Grow? Activity 5.10 How Does Water Travel in a Plant? Activity 5.11 What Are the Parts of Some Common Plants? Activity 5.12 What Parts of Plants Do You Like to Eat? Topic 6 Animals. To the Teacher. Activity 6.1 Who Are the New Members of Our Class? Activity 6.2 How Can You Keep Your Pets Healthy? Activity 6.3 How Many Pets Can You Find? Activity 6.4 How Many Other Pets Can You Find? Activity 6.5 What Kind of Pet Would You Like to Own? Activity 6.6show more