Science in elementary school should be all about fun. In fact, science at all levels of school should be about curiosity, exploration, and lots of fun! As more and more states adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (and as other states adopt their own similar science standards), teachers are looking for new and creative ways to teach science concepts at the elementary level. In my opinion, the standard descriptions do not adequately suggest ways to teach difficult concepts to a group of 5-10 year olds. These standard descriptions simply say what concept needs to be taught.
- 5 plastic bins labeled “Generation 1,” “Generation 2,” “Generation 2,” “Generation 3,” and “Generation 3”
- lots of plastic Easter eggs (Ideally you need about 25-30 of each color: blue, green, and yellow. It can be done with just 10 each if you re-use the eggs through the generations.)
- lots of small googly eyes and a few large googly eyes
- hot glue gun and glue
- blue and yellow pipe cleaners cut into small pieces