January Science Experiments

Start the New Year using these fun January winter science activities in your classroom. Engage students as they return from the holidays as they learn about how and why animals hibernate, all about snow and snowfall, and famous scientist, Stephen Hawking as you integrate these January winter themes into your science curriculum: 

  • Snow
  • Hibernation

These seasonal topics will allow you to cover Next Generation Science Standards such as: 

Check out these ways to include January science experiments into your curriculum today! 

Students love learning and talking about snow, and everyone looks forward to that unexpected snow day. 

So whether a snow day is on the horizon, you are covering snowfall during your weather unit, or students want to know more about this topic, integrate their interests with this fun activity. 

Students will learn about different types of snowflakes that fall. 

After learning about the types of snowflakes, have students create a poster to demonstrate their understanding. 

Need ready-made materials? 

This Snowflake science activity includes

  • Sneak Peek into My Classroom
  • Digital Google Slide options
  • 2 printable worksheets
  • Snowflake poster activity
  • Answer key

January is the perfect time to walk about winter weather, like different types of snowfall. 

Teach students about different types of snowfall and the conditions needed for snow. 

Then integrate NGSS and design and engineering skills as students create a structure that can withstand a heavy snowfall. 

Winter science lesson on snowfall

Teach students the true meaning of hibernation, or the state of torpor, through this winter science idea. 

After students learn about hibernation, using a world map, they can research one animal from each continent that hibernates to learn more about animals throughout the world. 

Bringing Scientists into the Science Classrooms

By introducing a scientist of the month to students, they will be better equipped with the knowledge of influential people that have made discoveries and greatly impacted the world. It is important for students to understand the contributions these individuals have made in order to fully appreciate the advances in science.

Introducing a scientist of the month allows students to learn about their accomplishments

Ways to encourage this

  • A bulletin board to teaching students about scientists and includes famous quotes
  • Create a list of scientists at 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. 

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