Inside: Wouldn’t it be nice to have a ready-made list of monthly science holidays and events to plan your science curriculum. You’d be surprised how many science holidays and events have been organized. Some are pure fun while others embrace some pretty important concepts. Why not join Science Alcove and get your hands on a comprehensive list of science holidays? *This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
Science holidays and events are fabulous anchors around which to plan your classroom or home school curriculum. Holidays and events that celebrate science and scientific achievement are also a great way to create integrated curriculum.
Science is my passion. I loved finding ways to merge literacy skills with science units of study. What better way for students to really get the math they’re learning than by applying those math skills to building a bat box or wind mill. Integrating curriculum is the way to go in your classroom or home school.
What exactly is integrated curriculum? In its simplest form, it is all about making connections across subject disciplines as well as in real-life.
Integrated curriculum can be as complex as addressing one science theme through all subjects. In elementary school, integration often happens through learning centers. For a theme like “animal habitats,” each learning center revolves around one activity designed to encourage students to explore habitats from the viewpoint of one discipline—math, language, science, or social studies.
In a simpler form, only 1 or 2 subject areas are integrated around one science theme. A novel study of, Monkey Town: The Summer of the Scopes Trial or Inherit the Wind could be paired with exploring the controversy between the ideologies of Creationism and Evolution.
In some cases, integration takes on a more intradisciplinary approach. My middle son is completing the Integrated Science Program at McMaster University. This science degree is unique in that it is heavily weighted in research projects that approach a problem from multiple science perspectives – biology, physics, chemistry, math and often ecology and psychology as well. It is an intensive program and not for the faint of heart.
Kids love holidays. Adults love them too. What better way to get your students excited about skills and science concepts than by drawing activity ideas from science holidays. Classrooms often celebrate the 100 day of school.
What about celebrating Pi Day, in older grades. Check out this Pinterest Board filled with ideas for celebrating Pi Day:
Earth Day is a popular holiday celebrated with activities in school and at home. This Pinterest Board provides loads of activities and experiments to celebrate our planet.
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