Starting Kids Early Brings Success in Science
Teaching kids science at an early age is a tool that can help students to succeed in high school and college science courses at a later age. Young children love learning about science. An early start develops exposure to the scientific vocabulary and the investigative process children need to succeed at a later age.
Activities That Can Help Children Foster a Love of Science
Read Books About Science
Many read aloud books about science can be found on the Big Universe Learning site. www.biguniverse.com
Books for older children can also be found on this site. Some science topics include:
- Jobs related to science
- Famous Scientists
- Many other exciting scientific topics
Visit the Science Museum
Many museums in the United States offer free family days. Find the science museum in your area and take the kids to visit. Exposing children to the exhibits at the museum lets children see real life science and scientific artifacts. Seeing large dinosaur artifacts makes a lasting impression on children. Science museums also have many hands-on science exhibits. Children can use magnifying glasses and microscopes to examine things. Children can study physics using real life objects such as toy cars and ramps. At some museums children can learn about the carbon cycle by playing cards and using ping pong balls in the carbon room. Hands-on science helps to develop a love of science.
Use the Science Vocabulary Words
Starting from a very young age, students need to be exposed to scientific vocabulary words. Have children read books about science, watch television programs that focus on science, and look up scientific concepts on the Internet. When reading, point out the scientific words in the text.
This science book Inside Ecosystems and Biomes is available at www.biguniverse.com
The online book includes two science vocabulary words on the front cover! Students can read the entire book to find out more about science.
Find Science in Nature
Science is everywhere. Children need to be reminded that science that occurs in nature. Planting seeds and watching them grow teaches children about the plant life cycle phases. Point out the moon in the sky and teach children to observe how it changes shapes each day. The can illustrate and document their findings in a self made moon phases journal. Teach children about the tide by taking them to the beach and noting how the tide changes throughout the day. Make play-doh in the classroom or at home by mixing ingredients and teaching kids to measure. Children love hands-on science activities.
Connecting to the Common Core Standards
English Language Arts Standards
Science & Technical Subjects
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.10 By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
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