April is such a fun month for science! The topics covered for this month are farms, recycling, life cycles, and the rainforest. These work so well for teaching our science standards this month. I’ll show you how my Science for April bundle will bring these topics to life!
I grouped these topics together because it’s easy to relate them to what is actually happening during this time: Earth Day, new animals being born, insects hatching, and warm, rainy weather. I’ve planned lots of engaging activities that will help your students master their science standards while applying knowledge and observing in real life.
- Farm: TEKS: 1.10A, 1.10C, 1.10D
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: TEKS: 1.1C
- Life Cycles: TEKS: 1.10D
- Rainforest: TEKS: 1.10A, 1.10C, 1.10D
With each new topic, I like to anchor our learning with anchor charts. This helps the students build connections, show the learning process, and make thinking visible. I hang them up where the kids can see them and refer to them easily. I’ve got everything you need to create your own anchor charts for each week in one organized place.
I love every opportunity to integrate science with reading and writing. It makes literacy more authentic and gives you more time for both subjects. (Just remember to choose the strategy/skill over the book/activity.) For this month, I included poems and songs for shared reading, phonics lessons that can be expanded for literacy stations, a variety of student books to make, writing craftivities, and close reading activities for each week.
If that sounds like a lot, don’t worry! I’m providing a curriculum map for the whole month AND a detailed, weekly guide to show you how to integrate these science topics with your balanced literacy program. Planning will be easy-peasy!
Science experiments are always a favorite! These hands-on experiments give your students a chance to investigate, explore, and practice reasoning. I like to do one in the beginning of the week as an attention-grabber and to evaluate their prior knowledge.
Then we do another one towards the end of the unit to extend their learning. I always use the scientific method. You can find some scientific method posters for free HERE.
Here are some examples of the science experiments you’ll find in Science for April for farms and recycling.
I also included several activities that would be great for interactive science notebooks. If you’re not sure what these are, you can read more about them in this post HERE.
With this bundle, you will be totally set for science for April. With activities for whole group, independent work, and literacy stations (if you choose), your students will be engaged while learning about farms, recycling, life cycles, and the rainforest. I think you’ll have fun, too!
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