Last summer, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Mickelson Exxon-Mobile teacher's academy (MEMTA) in New Jersey. I spent a week surrounded by other amazing 3-5 educators from around the world, learning about force and motion by doing science experiments. One of the most important things I took away from the camp was the importance of keeping scientific notebooks for students to record their thoughts.
The notebooks should have a table of contents, like this one I made:
Which you can grab here.
We used post-it tabs to indicate when we switched units of study and had students use the back page to record their further scientific wonderings:
We try to review all of these concepts in fifth grade and make sure our students want to pursue science careers.
Here's a great idea for exploring the water cycle:
It's a wonderful visual for students, especially with the food coloring.
By combining vinegar and baking soda in a plastic bag, students can observe a chemical reaction. (Spoiler, the bag will pop)
Go explore young scientists!