Activities that enhance science education can take many forms. They can involve observation and recording of data - both important parts of science investigation. They can be inquiry-based, where students ask questions, study a process, test a theory, keep track of results and draw conclusions. Educational activities can simply involve coloring and labeling ecology processes, anatomical drawings, animal diagrams, and species identification charts. Students can learn how to use a dichotomous key, illustrate a food web, piece together a life cycle. They can play games to help them conceptualize classification, predator-prey relationships, adaptation and environmental issues.
Student research projects can be published in the Exploring Nature Science Activity collection. By publishing students' efforts in science research online, we hope to act as a catalyst for other students and educators around the country to attempt their own research projects. We also hope to inspire future scientists!
Some of the "activities" are actually mini science unit lectures with illustrated handouts ready to be photocopied for classroom use. They can be used as a resource to for science units, substitute teacher lesson plans, home schooling and even provide educational activities for long car rides!
Exploring Nature has put together a growing collection of activities for science topics studied throughout K-12. They are developed with the National Science Standards in mind and updated in response to requests observed on the NSTA general science list-serve.
If you are looking for an activity to address a certain science topic, let us know and we will work on it. Our goal is to make science education supplements that are fun and accessible.
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