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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 spring science for March!ย 

What I love most about these spring science topics is that they are so easy to bring to life because these things are truly happening all around usโ€”insects hatching, living and nonliving things, 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.

If you hang around here often, you know how much I believe in literacy integration whenever possible. (Donโ€™t forget, strategy over skill and book over activity.) With this in mind, there are poems and 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.

Spring Science Experiments

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 studentsโ€™ 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.

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!
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!


Spring Science Anchor Charts

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.

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

Science Reading Comprehension

A great add-on item is Reading Passages: Spring Edition. 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.

You can find all of this, but the reading comprehension bonus, in Science for March! Itโ€™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 living and nonliving things, 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 studentsย loveย and that areย easy to implementย for teachers.ย ย 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, youโ€™ll find the tools you need to move your K-2 students forward!

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