How to Make Science Fun?

My 3rd grade daughter made the comment the other day that she didn't like science because it is "boring". I was not happy to hear that comment at all, but sadly I can't say I am surprised. Science used to be a favorite subject of hers in the primary grades. For some unknown reason textbook publishers and school districts that adopt them choose science curriculum for the intermediate and older grades that can bore you to tears! They take the fun out of science that you find in the primary curriculum. In primary grades science is taught within the context of a unit. The students learn the concepts by DOING things, it is fun, interesting, and engaging. Hit the intermediate years and it becomes a system of memorizing vocabulary and reading from a textbook. The fun is removed. WHY? Science curriculum has the potential to be exciting and interesting. Why doesn't the curriculum reflect that?

I know many of you have created and adapted science curriculum to better meet the needs of your students. Many of you have created engaging, interesting, exciting lessons. Please share some of your suggestions in the comments section. If you have a science lesson available for free or priced please share your link in this Science Linky Party:



I can't wait to see the creativity that my fellow teachers have come up with. Hopefully we get these exciting lessons into the classrooms around the country to make science FUN instead of boring!

9 comments:

  1. Oh, makes me sad! I LOVE SCIENCE! I have taught grades 1-5 for many years and science is at the heart of what we do! What is even worse is that so many girls, by third grade decide that science and math isn't for them...and haven't really had an engaging experience to keep their interest going! Great idea for a linky party!

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    1. Kelli I agree how sad this is. I was just shocked when my 3rd grade daughter made the comment as she's always really been into science and math. Thing is as a primary student I don't think she realized she was doing "science" she was just learning fun stuff. For some odd reason it seems like the "fun" is often taken out of the science curriculum around that 3rd grade age and it is really sad since there is so much potential for fun in science all through the grades!

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  2. Thank you so much for this opportunity! I enjoyed this linky party so much I am now following your blog. I love games and so I added a fun science game to the list.

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  3. Thank you so much everyone for the wonderful posts so far! The activities are fantastic! :)

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  4. That makes me so sad, but I feel your daughter's pain. I hated science as a child, but now I teach 2 science classes a day and love it! I have tons of ideas on motivation and my own curriculum mini-units on my website!

    The Science Penguin

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  5. These are so great everyone! I've left the Linky party open for a month so invite all your science wizard friends to post their great ideas and activities too!

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  6. Thanks so much for the opportunity to share.
    Arlene

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  7. Thank you so much for creating this linky, my unit is primarily for young children Pre-K to 1st grade and uses math and literacy as well as some basic science introduction. I just love your blog and am your newest follower. Please visit me at: www.thecrazypre-kclassroom.blogspot.com
    Thanks,
    Christine
    Enter to win a free TpT unit with my 100 followers giveaway!

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  8. Thanks for promoting our resources Michelle, I am very grateful to have wonderful people to lean on like yourself.
    Regards,
    Emma
    Clever Classroom

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