Adding Holidays to Your Science Curriculum

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As an upper elementary science teacher, incorporating the holidays into my science curriculum was hardly an option. Watching my colleagues connect major holidays and days of remembrance to their curriculum, allowing students to strengthen their reading, writing, and mathematical skills, always made me jealous because I did not have the ability to do the same with my young scientists.

Can you relate? 

This past year left me with a determination to find a way to marry both science and important calendar days to give my students authentic, curriculum-aligned science experiences. 

Are Monthly Science Activities for You?

While these monthly science activities have worked wonders in my classroom, are you wondering if they are the right fit for your classroom? If you can answer YES to any of the following questions below, these science activities are probably good for your classroom needs. 

  • Are you looking to add high-interest engaging activities to your classroom? 
  • Do you wish you could authentically cover the holidays and other days of remembrance into your science curriculum? 
  • Do you want to spice up your existing dull science curriculum? 
  • Do you need easy-to-implement sub plans for your science classroom?
  • Do you struggle with having students make real-life connections to your science curriculum?

Frustrated with the lack of holiday science activities, I researched different holidays and used the Next Generation Science Standards to seek alignment with the science curriculum. 

With this information, Back to School September Science Activities was born! 

September Monthly Science Activities include the following important calendar days: 

  • Labor Day
  • National Clean-Up Day
  • Autumnal Equinox

Science topics covered: 

  • Careers in science
  • Ocean pollution
  • Seasons
  • Scientific Method

Your students will learn about:

  • Different careers in science
    • Archaeologist
    • Astronomer
    • Biochemist
    • Botanist
    • Climatologist
    • Ecologist
    • Forensic Scientist
    • Geologist
    • Marine Biologist
    • Neurologist
    • Oceanographer
    • Pharmacist
    • Speleologist
  • Human impact on our oceans
  • How earth revolves around the sun
  • How does the change of seasons impact the environment?
  • Scientific method

This unit includes

  • Teacher tips and instructions to implement the activities into your classroom
  • Digital instructions to distribute the Google Slides activities through your secure learning management system such as Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, etc. ALL ACTIVITIES HAVE A DIGITAL COMPANION.

Careers in Science Labor Day Activity

  • Vocabulary sheet
  • Four-page printable science reading on different science careers
  • Student template to create a “Help Wanted” poster project
    • Specific templates for each of the listed careers
    • Blank template
  • Digital Google Slides version of the above work
  • Rubric to assess student work

Human Impact on the Environment Ocean Pollution Activity for National Clean-Up Day

  • Teacher Google Slide Ocean Pollution presentation: Use this to have a whole-class discussion with your students about humans’ impact on our oceans. (Yes, this can be used with your learning management system – Google Classroom, Schoology, etc. or converted to Microsoft PP for use with Microsoft Teams)
  • Four printable worksheets – Students can demonstrate their knowledge of ocean pollution and design a solution to solve one of the human impact problems contributing to creating garbage patches in the ocean.
  • Student Google Slide presentation: Students can use this to follow a class discussion or in small groups to work collaboratively to design a solution for ocean pollution.
  • Answer key for comprehension questions

Autumnal Equinox Activity

  • Three-page science reading on the fall equinox and how leaves change
  • Digital companion
  • Answer key

Scientific Method

  • Classroom posters
  • Print and Digital activity using M&Ms to acclimate students to the scientific method
  • Answer key

Scientist in the News

  • Print and digital reading on famous scientist, Isaac Newton

Still wondering if it's right for your classroom?

Remember, science friend, these activities are designed to save your prep time while increasing student engagement in science. Your students will love the different activities and thoroughly enjoy science class! 

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