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February 25, 2017

Teaching Science in March Made Easy

Spring in the classroom means tons of fun is in store for science! Clouds and water, living and nonliving, insects, and plants are all topics that we cover as we teach our science standards. I wanted to show you just what I have up my sleeve for Science for March

What I love most about these science topics is that it is so easy to bring them to life because these things are truly happening all around us—insects hatching, weather changes occurring constantly, and plants growing and blooming right outside the school doors! There are many activities to engage little learners in Science for March that cover all of these topics.

Characteristics of living things are all the buzz in the spring for science! Learn about living things through these activities in this science bundle!

Types of clouds are always interesting for students! They can explore the 3 main forms of clouds and create an example with this cloud activity!

Science interactive notebooks are not complete without these flip up books! Learn all about plants, plant parts, and plant facts with these easy to make flip up books!


If you hang around here often, you know how much I believe in balanced literacy and integration whenever possible. (Don’t forget, strategy/skill over book/activity.) With this in mind, there are poems/songs for each week in Science for March. Each week also has a diphthong phonics focus with activities. You can read more about my weekly routine for teaching this HERE in this blog post or on this Facebook LIVE video.

Science experiments are one of the best things you can add to your science block of time because they provide hands-on experiences for students to investigate. I always take my students through the scientific method.

By the way, you can grab posters for the scientific method HERE FREE. I like to do an experiment either at the beginning of the week to capture my students’ attention and also to evaluate what they already know about the topic.

I also like to do them at the end of a unit to extend our learning and dig deeper into a topic! Here are some experiments you will find in Science for March about water, clouds, insects, and living and nonliving.

Science experiment all about rain that is a perfect weather activity for first grade and kindergarten students!

This cloud and rain experiment is sure to capture your learners attention as you explore weather activities and cloud formation.
Students can explore pollination with this simple yet engaging science experiment perfect for learning about insects! This science bundle is jam packed with science for first grade and kindergarten!

This insect experiment is sure to help your students explore tastebuds of the insects! It's simple, easy to set up, and easy to clean up!

With each unit, I always like to anchor our learning with anchor charts. Some we make and add to throughout the week and others may be for only a few days, but either way, we hang them in our classroom for students to easily refer to and connect their learning as we explore other topics.

Sources of water anchor chart for students to sort facts about each source!

Plant parts anchor chart for students to sort different parts of plants that we eat!

A great add-on item is Close Reading Passages: SpringEdition. Each week’s passage has comprehension questions, note-taking practice, vocabulary practice, and writing extensions. Great news, friends – you can get close reading passages for the entire year for FREE with the purchase of the First Grade Science Year-Long Bundle.

Close reading for first grade is a breeze with these passages! Each passage covers a science topic and the routine is easy to implement for students!

You can find all of this in Science for March! It’s filled with activities for whole group learning and independent learning, too! Each unit has a week-long teaching plan that makes planning a breeze! Go HERE to be set for clouds and water, living and nonliving, insects, and plants this spring!

Students will enjoy exploring plants, plant parts, insects, insect life cycles, water, clouds, and living and nonliving things all month with Science for March! They will stay engaged through whole group and independent activities, science experiments, shared reading, and close reading activities, too!

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Happy Teaching,

Amanda

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Hi, I'm Amanda

I’m a K-1 teacher who is passionate about making lessons your students love and that are easy to implement for teachers.  Helping teachers like you navigate their way through their literacy block brings me great joy. I am a lifelong learner who loves staying on top of current literacy learning and practices. Here, you’ll find the tools you need to move your K-2 students forward!

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