Even if you’ve been doing distance learning for awhile now, you’ve probably spent most of your time focused on math and language arts, reading and writing. That’s totally normal given the limited time you may have with your learners. However, as we near the end of the school year, now is a perfect time to introduce science activities for distance learning. Science is such an important subject for your primary and elementary students. Not only will your students learn more about the world around them and how it works, they’ll also practice reading, writing, and even math skills! Here are some science activities for distance learning to share with your students!
Space and Solar System
Spend some time sharing a comprehensive space and solar system unit. Take your learners through the full 200-page unit that can be easily shared to any learning platform or share just a topic or two with your students during distance learning.
Some of the topics this science unit covers include:
- Facts and vocabulary about the planets
- Phases of the moon
- Astronauts and Sally Ride
I love sharing the interactive notebooks with my students. This is a great way to differentiate instruction when you don’t have time for a full space unit. Share each planet’s interactive notebook with a small group of students either online or in person (when you return to school). Cover quick facts for each of the planets with your students in these fun, interactive books on Google Slides! You could also divide your students into groups to explore the inner and outer planets with sorting activities and flip books.
Another way you can incorporate space is to encourage your students to view the moon each night! Students are fascinated with the phases of the moon. The space and solar system bundle includes activities on the phases of the moon as well as a “Phases of the Moon observation journal”.
This unit could span a whole school year, but sharing a few of these activities online is perfect for your distance learners!
You can use Earth Day activities with your students all year long! Share your own ideas with your students to help the environment. After modeling some of your favorite ways and reading about helping the earth, your students can fill out a graphic organizer with ways to help the earth! This is a perfect way to combine reading skills and science in your distance learning curriculum.
Another graphic organizer in this Earth Day pack has your students define and reflect on what it means to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
These science activities also encourage your students to get offline and safely outside! Challenge your students to get outside with a sibling or parent and pick up trash in their neighborhood, observe plants and animals, and enjoy the weather.
During this time of distance learning, don’t forget about science! These ready-to-go digital science activities will help your students stay engaged and excited about the world around them and beyond!