Welcome to my monthly Science Showcase! This month: The nature of science, STEM, and scientific method! I love to share some of my favorite FREE finds from Teachers Pay Teachers to help you engage and encourage your students' exploration of science! Please check them out, and if you download them for use in your classroom, please leave your very best feedback for the teacher-authors!
First from GETTING NERDY with Mel and Gerdy: Introduce your students to science curriculum with this fun PowerPoint and "What is Science?" Cubing Scienstructible. This engaging activity encourages students to explore the nature of science and their role as scientists.
Then from GET CAUGHT ENGINEERING: Whiz! Zip! Zoom!: Roller Coaster Engineering
Students will not want to stop as they design, build and test their roller coaster made from foam pipe insulation. Students cannot resist the excitement of building and testing loops and curves. Set the scene for a lively discussion of force and motion.
And from SCIENCE STUFF by Amy Brown:
A 26 slide PowerPoint presentation on the nature of science and the scientific method. The slides are colorful and visually appealing. Steps of the scientific method are covered, but more importantly, the lesson provides examples and practice problems illustrating the application of the scientific method. Analysis questions and answers are included. 4 pages of notes for the teacher and a 5 page notes outline for the student.
And last, from my own store, STRAWBERRY SHAKE, a review assignment that covers the process of diffusion. This activity is part of my huge high school science packet: Using Indicators to Investigate Diffusion. If you teach science in New York, you'll find this review directly correlates to Part D of the Living Environment Regents Exam. But even if you do not teach in New York, these activities and review materials are so valuable for teaching students how diffusion works, and why it is so important in many applications of biology.
I hope you've found something useful on this month's Science Showcase! If you know a great science teacher-author or have a terrific freebie you'd love to share on Science showcase next month, please leave your information in the comments, or email me at TeacherTM@aol.com.