Elementary - Science
Elementary school students enjoy group activities as they begin to create relationships with their peers. But as soon as they enter the age of 10, they start to develop individual decision-making and begin to think more in abstract form. Children of this age also become less confident as they discover bodily changes, as well as social constructs defined by their ideas of right and wrong. In this crucial age, teaching science may help a student’s tendency to be impatient and anxious. They achieve new insights from positive learning. Science teachers can aid in this process by doing the following:
Introduce a Science Notebook
Students may increase their written communication by having a science notebook. They also learn to record thoughts and data in a permanent place and interpret observations through drawing and experiments. A science notebook helps students strengthen their understanding of the scientific method, and they begin to learn how to properly record steps in an experiment.
Science encourages independent investigation in an age where students are increasingly curious about the world. Teachers can provide science tools to aid this process. Some of these tools include magnifying glass, magnets, and beakers. Or they can learn to use basic things found in their homes like Alka-Seltzer, vinegar, and baking soda. While it’s good to encourage students to practice on their own, there is value in offering supervision, from time to time. Teachers can facilitate their learning by validating their discoveries and science skills through actual evidence of related literature.
Tell Them They are Scientists
Speaking of validation, teachers can encourage students to appreciate science by telling them that they are young scientists. And in fact, they really are becoming “real scientists” as they go through observation and experimentation. Students also start to discover the importance of science in their community. They can even create videos about their experiences if they prefer to communicate through that form. Teachers can mold these interests by making them focus on an area of science they find fascinating. Fostering a love for the field of science really helps elementary students grow. And it starts with the prevailing reinforcement of a positive and open academic environment.