Hands on Science

Bringing science to life is one way to make it fun for not only your students but also for yourself! It also helps your students remember what you are working on as they go into the test and the future!

Science was one of my least favorite subjects growing up.  I didn't really understand it, and I "C"d my way through science in high school! I just couldn't get it, it was like I was taking a foreign language, and believe it or not I got better grades in Spanish than I did in science.  Due to all of this I knew that I had to make science engaging for my students!

Using interactive notebooks and hands on experiments help your students grasp the concepts and remember them.

For every science unit I planned I would figure out what my end objectives were and then I would figure out how I could make it hands on! I wanted to make sure that they had something concrete to grasp as we were going through our lessons and to remember as they were taking their tests.  These ideas would come in the form of interactive notebooks or hands on experiments!

Hands on learning is a great way to keep your students engaged in their learning!

Some of our favorite experiments had to do with candy, measurement and rocks! We loved being able to manipulate things and make them more concrete for our learning.  While we were doing this students were able to have conversations using the key vocabulary and really grasp what was going on. I know it is not easy to do with every science standard you have to teach and that it takes a lot of work, but I can tell you it will make it so much more fun for both you and your students! The look of JOY on their faces as they have fun learning!

Let us know in the comments a standard that you don't love teaching and we'll try to help you come up with a hands on engaging way to teach it!!


  1. I guess you guys are doing an amazing job and I am sure many professionals are going to appreciate your efforts. Science sure is amazing.

  2. More specific examples or even captions for the selected photos in the posting would have been helpful. How have you made earth science concepts hands-on? or for physical science? or life science? engineering?