The light at the end of the tunnel? Yeah, that’s the last day of school…wow. I’m finishing my 21st year of teaching. I have very clear memories of my first day on the job, and the proverbial saying “time flies” certainly applies to me. I get asked occasionally about my future and when I might retire, but that’s still too far down the road for me. I’m still passionate about being a 4th grade teacher – the best job on the planet!
The Scientific Method
Even though it’s nearing the end of the school year, there are still a few concepts I want my students to learn. Plus, if you let off the gas pedal too soon, well…let’s just say that’s asking for trouble! Not going there! Instead, we’re focusing on the scientific method. Kids seem to be a natural for scientific investigations so I put their curiosity to work learning the steps in the scientific process. There are several variations so what I show in today’s post may need to be modified for your school district. These are the steps that my district’s science vertical team has set as the standard.
Sources for Resources
While I LOVE to write lessons and units, especially social studies and writing, science is not my number one love. I enjoy teaching it, just not writing lessons for it. So I don’t try to create my science lessons from scratch. Nope. There are plenty of other great teacher-authors out there putting out awesome resources that I’m not even interested in making my own. I’m really impressed with the following materials from these teachers on Teachers Pay Teachers:
- Stephanie Elkowitz – check out her FREE scientific method activity!
- The Science Duo
- The Science Penguin
- What I Have Learned
Steps in the Process
One science resource I did make was a set of posters listing each step in the scientific method as determined by my district. The acronym “IF-D-TOAD” is what we use to help kids remember the steps. There’s a color version and a black-and-white version if ink is an issue for you. I plan to put these on display in my classroom and refer to them throughout the school year. I’m such a visual learner that I often think the anchor charts and posters in my classroom are there as much for me as for my students! Can anyone else relate?
Summer Writing Break
Today’s post will be my last for a few months. I plan to teach summer school, give a presentation about instructional strategies, do a book study with my 4th grade team, and (hopefully) relax on the Lazy River at my nearest water park! I hope you have a wonderful summer break, too. I’ll be back with more ideas and reflections once school starts again in August. Until then, you can click on the link below for a free copy of my scientific method posters for your own classroom. Happy teaching!