If kids have a favorite question, it's probably 'Why?'' Make science fun and exciting for your students by encouraging their natural curiosity about the world and teaching them how to find answers for themselves. After all, much of science is investigating 'why':
Why does a caterpillar form a chrysalis? Why do leaves have veins? Why do some paper airplanes fly better than others? Like scientists, kids can sharpen their observation skills and learn to make and test hypotheses to uncover the answers. Here are ideas to get students started exploring science and finding out 'why':
You can also help students demonstrate physics principles using household items: Can they figure out how to build a bridge out of popsicle sticks or even create a miniature roller coaster Or perhaps they'd have a blast building a balloon rocket car from a recycled water bottle.?
To study plants with elementary students, Dunecraft plant kits are a good choice - these mini-greenhouse designs keep moisture in and help plants grow quickly. Or engage your students by building a terrarium. Either way, enjoy watching the whole process from seed to mature plant and herbs!