Budget Friendly and Easy Ways to Incorporate Hands on Learning in Science

How to make science fun by engaging students in learning about different topics of their interest

Science should be fun, interesting and engaging. Science needs to be more about reading a textbook and watching a Bill Nye movie. Science needs to involve as much hands-on learning as possible. Unfortunately, many teachers are thrown into the position of teaching science classes with little background knowledge, time to correctly incorporate the curriculum or funds to run it correctly.

          Students love science, but because many states focus on testing scores for math, reading, and writing, science tends to be thrown in quickly and without much thought. This line of thinking needs to change. Reading, writing and math skills can be incorporated into science lessons. Furthermore, through hands-on experiments, students are continually working on the higher-level thinking skills that will carry them into other subject areas. 

           I started a series showing other teachers’ simple budget-friendly experiments they can bring into the classroom that will engage students while tying into their curriculum. Providing your students with these experiences will spark their love of science again. 

States of Matter: Typically, one of the first major science units of the year, this is a great way to spark interest in this subject area. Below are three experiments that I use in my classroom. They require little to no setup. 
This video will show you how to make density layers using simple kitchen ingredients. A second experiment will demonstrate how air has mass. 
Chemical and Physical Changes: Students can have a hard time understanding changes in matter. Simply hands-on learning can help uncomplicate this concept for students. 
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Easy budget friendly ideas to bring hands on experiences to your students



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