Back to School Science Skills

Back to school science skills

Calling all teachers who need back to school science activities in August. Get ready to prep your students with the skills they need to start the first days of school learning about: 

These back to school science experiments and lessons will help introduce students to the world of science and prepare them to engage in a fun year in science class. 

Introducing Science Skills

Basic Science Skills

There are certain skills our science students need to review and improve upon when they go back to school. In science class, students are constantly working on: 

  • measuring
  • classifying
  • estimating
  • predicting
  • observing
  • making inferences

These science skills are important because students will build upon them as they are learning in different areas of science throughout the year. 

While these skills may seem redundant, students should be building upon them. So each year, their predictions should become more detailed and include scientific information. These skills lead students to be able to better analyze situations as they look at their data along with observations and inferences. 

National Smores Day - August 10

If back to school science experiments mean creating smores, can it really be learning? 

Yes, creating a solar oven to make smores is the best kind of back to school science learning! 

With extreme temperatures, August is the perfect time to create a solar oven. In addition to the delightful treats, students are: 

  • Learning how solar ovens work
  • Understanding how the design of solar ovens affects functionality
  • Design, create, and engineer their solar oven
  • Observing heat energy changing the composition of the marshmallow and chocolate

To incorporate an activity like this in your classroom, first, you’ll want the students to research solar ovens. Then, having background knowledge of the workings of solar ovens will help them as they design, engineer, and build their prototype. 

Once students have researched, they can work together in small groups to build their prototype. Then, wait for a hot sunny day, and put the designs to the test! 

Not only does this activity help get students interested in science, but it is also aligned with NGSS! 

National Aviation Day - August 19

Start your back to school science curriculum by hooking students into learning about National Aviation Day on August 19. 

By integrating this day of celebration into your curriculum, students will be: 

  • Reviewing a timeline of aviation 
  • Learn about the history of aviation
  • Introduced to the four forces of flight: thrust, weight, drag, and lift
  • Using their knowledge to design, engineer, and create a parachute jumper. 

Integrating National Aviation Day into your back to school science curriculum will instantly engage students who are interested in learning more about airplanes and flying. 

Teaching the students the science behind forces needed to fly is a wonderful introduction to your force and motion unit

Scientist of the Month: Louis Pasteur

Each school year, I like to take a small amount of time out of my curriculum to teach students about famous scientists. 

A bulletin board in my classroom is dedicated to teach students about the scientists and includes famous quotes. 

In doing so, students can learn more about the scientific discoveries that were made and how they relate to the world around us. 

You can create a list of scientists in the beginning of the school year and highlight one each month by showing students a picture of the scientist and explaining their scientific contribution to our world. 

Looking for print and go (or digital) materials to use in your classroom? 


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