Last week we talked about a new study that exposed the presence of BPA in a high number of test subjects. Today I’d like to get away from news stories to talk about the upcoming seasonal transition from winter to spring. This is a great time of the year to examine ecosystems, weather patterns and other outdoor phenomenon.
Tomorrow is the first day of March, and we are only a few weeks away from the official start of Spring. This means now is the perfect time to start planning spring science projects, demonstrations and experiments. If you teach the lower grades, K-3, then your projects can focus on the transition between winter and spring. You can plan seed germination experiments, lessons on the properties of matter and on the basics of an ecosystem.
Teachers that teach kids in grades 4-8, can focus on more complex topics like food webs, energy, solar power, the properties of heat, biology, the life cycle and astronomy. Spring is a great season to explore outside science concepts because kids are naturally driven to go outside. If you happen to have a school yard that has trees, or if you are close to a park, then plan outdoor classes that explore and chart the transition of a tree from its dormant winter state to its full foliage stage during the height of spring.
When planning your spring science fair projects try to think outside the box. Keep in mind that seasonal changes can be used to supplement astronomy for kids lesson plans. Use educational science magazines for inspiration and information to enrich your spring lessons.