I love incorporating science experiments and STEM challenges into my lessons! They are so engaging and meaningful for my students and thus create a love and excitement for learning. In addition, my students’ are applying problem-solving and critical thinking skills as well as math and literacy skills as they observe, record, reflect, and write about their observations.
Because of these many benefits, I have found many times throughout the year to add science & STEM to my curriculum.
Here are some favorite ideas that you can easily add to your existing lesson plans throughout the school year. If you would like ready-made science lessons for the year click here.
Apple Science Experiments & STEM Challenges
One of my favorite themes during the fall season is apples because we can do a lot of fun, engaging hands-on activities with them. CLICK HERE to find engaging ideas for exploring the insides of apples, learning the parts of an apple, building apple boats and apple towers, making apple seeds jump, creating an apple volcano and more.
Pumpkin Science & STEM Ideas
Of course it is pumpkin palooza in the classroom during October and November, and I wanted to find fun activities to do with all of the pumpkins we bring back from our field trip to the pumpkin patch. CLICK HERE to see hands-on ideas for learning the parts of a pumpkin, pumpkin sink or float, pumpkin investigations, the pumpkin tower STEM challenge, pumpkin density jar, dissolving candy pumpkins experiment, pumpkin catapults & pumpkin boats STEM activities, and more.
Candy Science Experiments & STEM
Put your leftover Halloween candy to good use by using it for learning (or take advantage of the post-Halloween candy sales)! CLICK HERE to see a number of fun ideas for using candy for science & STEM such as a Skittles density rainbow experiment, candy sink or float, dissolving candy corn experiment, candy corn stacking STEM challenge plus grab some free coordinating science pages.
3 Different Water Cycle Experiments & a Craftivity
CLICK HERE to see my 3 favorite ways to teach young students about the water cycle and what makes rain plus a great culminating craft idea.
Easy Solid, Liquid, Gas Experiment with Free Printable Page
This is a really simple and engaging experiment I found for helping students recognize a solid, liquid, and gas. CLICK HERE to get the step by step directions as well as a free coordinating science page.
Christmas Science Experiments & STEM Ideas
Young students get so excited around the holidays which is why I like to incorporate engaging, hands-on science activities that grab students’ interest and keep them focused on learning. CLICK HERE to find my favorite Christmas science activities such as the Christmas cookie cutter experiment, dancing cranberries & jingle bells activity, magic milk color mixing experiment, pine cone science, Christmas sink or float, gum drop STEM challenge, dissolving candy canes & peppermints experiments, holiday static electricity activity, jingle bell STEM challenge, and magnets & jingle bells fun.
Snow Science Experiments & STEM Challenges
If you live in area that gets snow you know how excited students get about it! I decided to harness that enthusiasm and have some fun in the snow while incorporating science, math, and language arts. CLICK HERE for snow science ideas including catching snowflakes, snow sink or float, snowman & igloo building STEM, color mixing & painting with snow, measuring the liquid in snow, snow melting experiment, mixing oil and snow, Alka-Seltzer snow experiment, and a snow volcano.
Valentine Science & STEM Ideas
CLICK HERE for Valentine themed science ideas that can be used during your class party or the days/weeks preceding the party. You’ll find science ideas for fizzing hearts, magic milk marbled hearts, sweet heart candy melting, dissolving candy hearts, candy hearts STEM, candy hearts stacking challenge, dancing hearts, and hearts sink or float.
Easter Science Experiments & STEM Challenge Ideas
CLICK HERE to find creative ways to use Easter eggs, jelly beans, & Peeps for science and STEM. You’ll find ideas such as an egg stacking challenge, an Easter Peeps boats STEM challenge, egg rocket races, an Easter egg sink or float experiment, an egg weight / mass activity, Easter egg roll races, explosive egg dyeing fun, jelly bean rainbows & dissolving jelly beans experiments, a magnetic egg activity, and an egg breaking challenge.
Plants & Flowers Science Activities
CLICK HERE to find some fresh, new plants/flowers science activities that teach young students what liquid is best for growing seeds, how plants drink, if plants need light, how to grow grass & beans, and what plants need to grow.
Sun Science Experiments
The end of the school year signals summer for many students. CLICK HERE for ideas for having fun science in the sun such as a sun vs. shade experiment, how to make a solar oven to cook s’mores, a heat absorption activity, a sun dries up water activity, a sun prints activity, a sunscreen experiment, a light box experiment, a shadows activity, and sundial craftivities.