Ch 10: Science Games & Activities

About This Chapter

Simply reading the text may not keep younger students interested in science. Therefore, this chapter elaborates on science games and activities that can enhance learning in your classroom.

Teaching Science: Games & Activities - Chapter Summary

With this chapter, our instructors explain games and activities that you can use in your classroom for teaching students about science. A few of the things you will learn from this chapter are as follows:

  • Approaches to using games for middle school students
  • Kid-friendly science activities and games
  • 4th and 5th grade science class competitions

Every lesson in this chapter is full of applicable information you can use directly in your classroom, and many of these approaches are based on the latest trends in instruction. Use these activities to supplement your current lesson plans, or incorporate these games as a way to reawaken your students' interest in science.

How It Helps

  • Builds teacher resources: You will review several games that you can immediately incorporate into your classroom or save for later science lessons.
  • Enhances textbook learning: Many of these games will add an interactive component to your students' textbook lessons.
  • Encourages STEM interest: By using these strategies in the classroom, you can inspire students to get excited about science and other STEM courses.

Skills Covered

By the close of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Design activities that pair well with middle school science lessons
  • Develop game stations in the classroom for kid-friendly science experiments
  • Implement science-themed races for 4th and 5th grade students

48 Lessons in Chapter 10: Science Games & Activities
Science Games for Kids

1. Science Games for Kids

Science might seem like something you do behind a desk, but science is really all about exploring and doing experiments. Here are some ideas for science games to engage younger learners.

Science Games for 1st Grade

2. Science Games for 1st Grade

Science doesn't have to be dull and boring. Make it fun for your students with a few of these science game ideas, appropriate for a first grade classroom.

Science Games for 2nd Grade

3. Science Games for 2nd Grade

Second graders need to learn a lot in science, from the water cycle, to shadows, to understanding forces. Help them enjoy the journey by trying out some of these science games, suitable for second graders.

Science Games for 3rd Grade

4. Science Games for 3rd Grade

Science is as much fun as your imagination allows. Make science more fun for all your students with a few of these ideas for science games, suitable for third graders.

Electricity Games for 4th Grade

5. Electricity Games for 4th Grade

Learning about electricity can be a lot of fun if we're creative. Check out these electricity games that will do just that, and these are all suitable for fourth graders.

Science Games for 4th and 5th Graders

6. Science Games for 4th and 5th Graders

Science games can make learning the subject fun for students. Try some of these science games that are appropriate for many ages, including fourth and fifth graders.

5th Grade Science Questions

7. 5th Grade Science Questions

Teachers are always in need of good questions to test students, both in class and for quizzes. Check out a few of these science questions appropriate for fifth-graders.

Science Games for Middle School Classrooms

8. Science Games for Middle School Classrooms

Getting tired of only playing jeopardy and bingo in your classroom? Each of the following games can be tailored to fit any unit and will definitely spice up your middle school science curriculum!

Albert Einstein Games & Activities

9. Albert Einstein Games & Activities

Albert Einstein is one of history's most inspiring scientists and inventors. The activities in this lesson will help your students get excited about his life and works.

Science Games for 6th Grade

10. Science Games for 6th Grade

Not everyone finds science fascinating, but there are plenty of ways to get kids excited about it. Make science more fun for your students with some of these science games, which are appropriate for sixth graders.

Science Games for 7th Grade

11. Science Games for 7th Grade

You could argue that 7th grade is when science starts to get serious -- the difficulty is ramping up as students get closer to high school. Help them meet the challenge, and have fun at the same time, with the help of these science games.

Science Games for 8th Grade

12. Science Games for 8th Grade

Adding games to your science classroom can make learning fun, and lead to better outcomes. There are dozens of possibilities out there for you to try. Take a look at these ideas for science games appropriate for 8th graders.

States of Matter Activities

13. States of Matter Activities

States of matter are easy to see, but much harder to explain. Help your students understand the topic, while having fun at the same time, with these ideas for states of matter activities.

Science Literacy Activities

14. Science Literacy Activities

Scientific literacy is becoming increasingly important in the modern era. Try out a few of these activities in your classroom to help teach science literacy to your students.

Physical Science Experiments for Middle School

15. Physical Science Experiments for Middle School

Physical science is an opportunity students to take part in whole swathes of scientific investigations. Check out some of these fun ideas for middle school physical science experiments.

Compound Microscope Lesson Plan

16. Compound Microscope Lesson Plan

Teach students the parts and function of a compound microscope with this lesson plan. Students will watch an instructional video outlining these elements, labeling a model alongside the lesson. They will then utilize this knowledge in a hands-on experience.

Introduction to the Compound Microscope: Parts & Uses

17. Introduction to the Compound Microscope: Parts & Uses

The compound light microscope is a useful tool in any biology laboratory. In this lesson, you'll be introduced to the parts of a compound microscope, as well as understand the function of each of those parts.

Periodic Table Activities for Elementary School

18. Periodic Table Activities for Elementary School

The periodic table can be an abstract concept for young students, with its maze of atomic numbers, symbols, and atomic masses. However, there are simple activities you can do with students to make the key principles of the periodic table tangible.

Viscosity Activities

19. Viscosity Activities

This lesson contains several ideas for activities that help teach students about viscosity. Read on if you're interested in making your viscosity unit more hands-on and active.

Surface Tension Activities

20. Surface Tension Activities

If your students are struggling with some of the more complex properties of water, using a few of the activities described here will help break the tension. This lesson contains several activity ideas for teaching about surface tension.

Atomic Mass Activities

21. Atomic Mass Activities

Want to make your atomic mass lesson a bit more exciting? This lesson contains several ideas for activities that will make learning about atomic mass more engaging and meaningful for students.

Black Box Activities & Games

22. Black Box Activities & Games

If you're looking for science activities to help students practice observing, making inferences, and using scientific reasoning, than consider black box activities. Use these suggestions to get you started with using black boxes in your classroom.

Conservation of Mass Activities

23. Conservation of Mass Activities

Teaching key scientific concepts such as the conservation of mass is no easy feat for a teacher. It requires making the abstract concrete for students. These activities will get you started teaching the law of conservation of mass to your students.

Atomic Structure Activities

24. Atomic Structure Activities

If your class is studying atoms or the periodic table, then understanding atomic structure is important. Use these multi-sensory activities to help students identify and describe atomic structure.

Solubility Activities

25. Solubility Activities

Looking for more engaging ways to learn about solubility with your students? This lesson will give you several ideas for activities that are designed to be engaging and meaningful for learning.

Crime Scene Lesson Plan for Elementary School

26. Crime Scene Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Forensics is an ever growing branch of science. Your students will learn more about crime scenes as they read and discuss a text lesson, research and present crime scene professions, and take a quiz.

Microscope Activities & Games for Kids

27. Microscope Activities & Games for Kids

Microscopes help open up an entirely new perspective on our world. Use the following activities and games to help younger students learn about the microscope and how to use it.

Polyatomic Ion Activities & Games

28. Polyatomic Ion Activities & Games

If your class is studying chemical compounds, consider having your students learn about polyatomic ions. Use these activities and games to help students identify polyatomic ions.

Chemical Nomenclature Games

29. Chemical Nomenclature Games

If your class has been studying elements and compounds, learning about chemical nomenclature is important. Use these games to help students identify and apply the protocols for chemical nomenclature.

Chemical Change Games & Activities

30. Chemical Change Games & Activities

Understanding chemical changes is an important part to understanding chemistry. This series of hands-on, lab-based activities and games will enhance any lesson on chemical changes and reactions.

Physical Change Games & Activities

31. Physical Change Games & Activities

If you're looking for ways to make learning about matter fun and exciting for your students, try these games and activities to help students explore physical changes.

Mixture & Solution Activities

32. Mixture & Solution Activities

Looking for new ways to teach about mixtures and solutions? This lesson contains several ideas to help make these substances more interesting, including a few that require very few materials and little preparation.

Physical Properties of Matter Games & Activities

33. Physical Properties of Matter Games & Activities

Looking for fun games and activities to bring into your unit on the physical properties of matter? This lesson offers several ideas that are easy to implement and are sure to grab your students' interest.

Water Molecule Games & Activities

34. Water Molecule Games & Activities

No study of biology or chemistry is complete without examining the water molecule. The hands-on activities described in this lesson will engage students and guide them in discovering the properties of water.

Ice Cream In a Bag Lesson Plan

35. Ice Cream In a Bag Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help you teach students the science behind lowering the freezing point of water. With the help of a text lesson, they will conduct an experiment to test the effect of a lower freezing point by making ice cream using everyday materials.

Spaghetti Marshmallow Tower Lesson Plan

36. Spaghetti Marshmallow Tower Lesson Plan

This lesson plan allows students to practice procedural texts through pretending to be teachers themselves. Students will participate in discussion, constructive building, and reflection while learning to build structures using spaghetti.

3rd Grade Invention Project Ideas

37. 3rd Grade Invention Project Ideas

Looking for a way to channel your students' imagination and creativity into something useful and unique? Try these invention projects, including variations in both the theme and presentation of the inventions.

6th Grade Invention Project Ideas

38. 6th Grade Invention Project Ideas

These project ideas will help you explore the concept of inventions with your sixth-grade students. This resource will also provide you with hands-on and interactive methods for bringing student creativity to life!

High School Invention Project Ideas

39. High School Invention Project Ideas

It's important for students to learn about the process of creating an invention. You can make this learning exciting by utilizing invention projects that will help them become familiar with the process.

Dichotomous Key Project Ideas

40. Dichotomous Key Project Ideas

This asset offers projects designed to allow students to show their knowledge of dichotomous keys. Students will create dichotomous keys in multiple forms in groups and individually.

I Wonder Project Ideas

41. I Wonder Project Ideas

I Wonder projects encourage students to pair their creativity, imagination, and curiosity with their studies. These ideas can help you guide them throughout this process.

5th Grade STEM Project Ideas

42. 5th Grade STEM Project Ideas

Use these project ideas with your 5th grade students within a STEM class. Students deepen their understanding of possible topics through engaging and collaborative projects.

STEM Project Ideas for 8th Grade

43. STEM Project Ideas for 8th Grade

Use these project ideas in teaching to facilitate your 8th grade students' learning within a STEM class. Students deepen their understanding of possible topics through engaging and collaborative projects.

3rd Grade STEM Project Ideas

44. 3rd Grade STEM Project Ideas

STEM education combines science, technology, engineering, and math to provide opportunities for students to think critically and creatively to develop solutions. These projects provide ideas for incorporating STEM in a third-grade classroom.

Paper Plate STEM Project Ideas

45. Paper Plate STEM Project Ideas

STEM is a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving that encourages students to think creatively. These projects provide ideas using paper plates for engaging students in STEM.

Chain Reaction Project Ideas

46. Chain Reaction Project Ideas

Chain reactions make for interesting STEM projects that give students the opportunity to explore cause and effect relationships and unique ways to repurpose everyday items. This asset contains chain reaction projects.

STEM Activities for Kindergarten

47. STEM Activities for Kindergarten

Kindergartners learn through play. To help foster young scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians, the following activities capitalize on play to help young students learn key STEM skills.

STEM Activities for Elementary

48. STEM Activities for Elementary

It is beneficial for elementary students to participate in science, technology, engineering, and math challenges. In these hands-on activities, upper elementary students are asked to imagine, plan, and improve designs to solve problems.

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