Photo-what-the-sis? Photosynthesis! I LOVE teaching science, especially when I can break it down into hands-on activities that really showcase these big scientific concepts in simple ways.
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I switch off every month teaching our content block. Our first month in school, I taught Social Studies and we focused on geography and California regions. This month we are full speed ahead into Life Science. It amazes me how much kids love science. I always look for ways to make it interesting and hands on. Our first chapter talked about photosynthesis. The kids had a lot of background knowledge from learning about plant structure and growing bean sprouts in 1st grade. The text book had very little information about this important process, so I supplemented with a few of my favorite online resources: Study Jams, Brain Pop and Gooru! We did several CLOSE reads to reinforce the content vocabulary.
To test their understanding of photosynthesis we made a visual representation of it as a science craft. I don’t know about your upper graders but mine still love crafts and coloring. It engages them and helps them focus.
I copied a leaf stencil pattern on green paper for each student. They cut it out and traced it onto a piece of green construction paper.