1st grade Science Experiments and Projects
With the constant emphasis on STEM, it is important to introduce learners to related concepts early on in education. Children are by nature curious, and there is no better way to tap into this than by introducing a few fun activities for them, learning while at it. Here are a few experiments that first graders can do in class;
- Learners can demonstrate the process of germination by planting a seed in a pot and monitoring the gradual growth. Students can be allowed to care for the plant by watering it regularly.
- Learners can demonstrate the process of photosynthesis. Students can learn about photosynthesis and the importance of the set of chemical reactions in a plant. Also, they can find out how plants behave in the presence or absence of light.
- Learners can conduct experiments to create a rainbow. Learners can attempt to find out how light behaves when it is exposed to different surfaces. Also, this experiment can be used to produce the colors of a rainbow when a glass prism is used as the interface.
- Students can make batteries from coins—any battery stores electric power, whether it is used in a smartphone or a car. Students can use this experiment to find out how effective coins are at storing electricity. They can gauge the power produced from multiple coins and the impact of a single on the assembly.
- Experiments on the soil type. Students can pour water into different soils to find out the types of soil that hold water for the longest time. Additionally, learners can use this experiment to distinguish the different soil types.
- Learners can undertake experiments to determine whether common drinks like soda can be used for watering plants. Students can learn if plants can survive or even thrive when you use a liquid that is not water.
- Experiments with rocks. This test can help students identify the contents found inside a geode. Also, the students can use the experiment to determine the effect of water on rock formation and the mode and time needed to go through rocks.
- Students can carry out experiments to determine how temperature and moisture in the air affect static charges. The items needed for this experiment are readily available such as balloons, a scarf, and a rubber ball. Generally, this is a straightforward experiment that 1st graders are sure to enjoy.
- Students can use color charts to determine how the color of a text or image affects eyesight. The visual aid can then be used to determine which colors are harder to read at different distances. The results can be used to help the teacher use an appropriately colored pen in class
- Learners can do an experiment to determine whether a lemon can power a light bulb. This is a simple experiment that teaches kids about the basics of electricity. They can also attempt to find out the contents of a lemon that make it suitable for this experiment.
These could transform the science class to be the most exciting class for your 1st graders while teaching them a thing or two. There are tons of science class activities to do, and you can suggest more experiments.