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Back-to-School Monthly Science Activities Round-Up

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This special edition of the Ward’s World Science Activity Round-Up keeps students engaged throughout the year. We’ve jammed this Round Up with unique science activities that students can complete in class or at home. We’ve got you covered from Mother’s Day to Halloween and every occasion in between. It’s the perfect resource to keep your students excited about learning any time of the year.  

The Round-Up covers concepts in science, engineering, math, and more! Activities are hands-on and easy to use for students of all levels. Supplies are economical and readily available around the house or on Wards Science. The best part is you get students up, outdoors, and exploring the world, in or outside the classroom! Students will construct bridges, create robots or interactive displays, observe tarantulas, play forensic anthropologists, and so much more! 

Use these resources to engage your students and connect them to your lesson plans and the world of science throughout the year—the Ward's World way!

The Monthly Science Activities Round-Up makes it easy to pick your favorites and share them with your colleagues. 

Here's what you'll get in the Round-Up:


Back-to-School: A quick checklist for back-to-school lab safety
You can use these science lab safety tips for the school year as a checklist for your activities and experiments.

National Dog Month:
Celebrate our loveable canine friends during the dog days of summer. The dog lovers in your class may be surprised to learn that studying dogs’ evolution, genetics, and behaviors also helps humans. So, unleash students’ curiosity by sharing these fascinating aspects of dog science: Dogs and Human Health; Plus activity!


Fall: 5 Fun Science Ideas for the First Day of Fall
Fall science activities don’t have to be expensive or elaborate. So if you’re looking for quick ideas for the first day of fall, try these simple science activities for your class or lab.

Fall: Predicting pigments: a biology activity for fall
This fall Biology activity has your students collecting leaves and forming hypotheses about pigment based on their leaf selection—an interesting chromatography lesson plan.


World Teacher's Day, October 5th: 9 famously successful people who gave thanks to teachers
Celebrate World Teachers’ Day by learning how teachers made a difference in the extraordinary lives of these STEM professionals.

Mole Day, October 23rd: Go for the gold at the Mole-ympic Games: A chemistry lesson plan.
Celebrate Mole Day on October 23 with a free chemistry lesson plan featuring a Mole-ympic Games Triathlon in which students break into teams to define, measure, and identify a mole of material.

Halloween: Halloween fun with chemical reactions: Jack-o-lantern tube of toothpaste demo
Elephant’s Toothpaste Halloween Demo features Ward’s® Chemistry Elephants Toothpaste Demonstration Kit, available on Also try 13 spooktacular science ideas and activities for Halloween lessons- Science activities for Halloween include spiders, blood, bats, and much more.


National STEM Day, November 8th: 8 Ways to Celebrate National STEM Day
STEM ideas, inspirations, and activities that elementary, middle school, and high school teachers can use in the classroom for National STEM Day.

Thanksgiving: Fowl play: How heat kills the bacteria in your Thanksgiving turkey
Food safety science shows students how heat destroys Salmonella, Campylobacter bacteria, and other germs in turkey through the denaturation of proteins.

Thanksgiving: The chemistry of Thanksgiving dinner
The chemistry of Thanksgiving dinner, including the truth about tryptophan.


Holidays: How science helps Santa go down the chimney and 4 more easy holiday science activities to break up students’ breaks
5 easy holiday science activities to help students discover physics, chemistry, and other STEM topics at home.

Nobel Prize Day, December 10: Honors the achievements of Alfred Bernhard Nobel, a Swedish engineer, chemist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He bequeathed his fortune to establish the Nobel Prize. Six Nobel prizes in physiology or medicine have been awarded for work based on fruit fly research. Teaching with Drosophila can give students a window into these inspiring prize-winning discoveries: 

  • 1933: Thomas Hunt Morgan – The role played by chromosomes in heredity
  • 1946: Hermann Joseph Muller – The production of mutations by means of X-ray irradiation
  • 1995: Edward B. Lewis, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Eric F. Wieschaus – The genetic control of early embryonic development
  • 2004: Richard Axel and Linda Buck – Odor receptors and the organization of the olfactory system (mainly rodent work)
  • 2011: Jules A. Hoffmann – The activation of innate immunity
  • 2017: Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, Michael W. Young – The discovery of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm

New Year's Eve: Fun Science Activities to Celebrate the New Year
Simple activities demonstrate simple chemical reaction types.

Festival of Sleep Day, January 3: A day to encourage people to get some much-needed relaxation after the busy festive holiday and New Year period. Before their heads hit the pillow, have students consider What is circadian rhythm, and why is it important?


Black History Month: Celebrate Black History Month & download 4 free printable science posters
These African American researchers helped advance the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Superbowl: Put Your Spin on Football Science
Explore how angular momentum and gravitational potential energy impact a football’s flight path and bounce.


Butterfly Season: 3-in-1 Butterfly Power Pack
Popular classroom resources on Painted lady butterflies. Worksheets, cultivation guides, trivia, and more help reinforce biology lesson plans.

Pi Day, March 14th: Pi Day - circle the date, time to celebrate.
Engage student interest in math and science by celebrating the number Pi, the mysterious ratio found in circular objects and forms throughout nature, science, and mathematics.

March Madness: Score These Basketball Science Activities
Students observe how basketball shot angles and percentages improve player performance.


Allergy Season: Allergy Science; Plus a free student handout from McGraw Hill’s AccessScience
A free article from McGraw Hill’s AccessScience reviews allergy mechanism, types, diagnosis, and therapy.

Earth Day, April 22: Earth Science Resource Round Up
Earth Science resources on the greenhouse effect, climate change, seasons, environmental geology, and more.

April 2024 is full of Palindrome dates: Learn more about Palindromes below.

  • April 20, 2024 (4-20-24)
  • April 21, 2024 (4-21-24)
  • April 22, 2024 (4-22-24)
  • April 23, 2024 (4-23-24)
  • April 24, 2024 (4-24-24)
  • April 25, 2024 (4-25-24)
  • April 26, 2024 (4-26-24)
  • April 27, 2024 (4-27-24)
  • April 28, 2024 (4-28-24)
  • April 29, 2024 (4-29-24)

Mother's Day: Horticulture Science and Careers
Students learn how horticulture is an applied science with a range of STEM-related career opportunities. You can use the huge presence of beautiful Mother's Day flowers, plants, and fruit baskets to engage your students in the science of horticulture. 

Cinco De Mayo, May 5: A celebration of Mexican heritage, culture, and pride. Students can explore Wild Axolotl (aka Mexican Walking Fish).  This amphibian exhibits 'neoteny', keeping their larval characteristics into adulthood, never leaves the water, and can regenerate most of its body parts. All axolotls in the U.S. are lab-bred but originated from Lake Xochimilco, Mexico—their only natural habitat, where they're critically endangered.


Father's Day: Puttin' the physics of golf in your course!
Help your students impress their fathers and father figures with some facts about a popular father's day sport, golf. Students can explore how aerodynamics and friction impact a golf ball's distance and landing pattern.

World Environment Day, June 5: The United Nations Day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Helps students understand environmental management techniques and challenges with this content, Environmental Management; Plus a free student handout from AccessScience.


Fourth of July: Red, white and boom! How fireworks work.
The budding pyrotechnic engineers in your science class will be excited to learn how chemistry is behind the beautiful colors and thunderous sounds of fireworks.

UV Safety Awareness Month: Discover which forms of radiation are harmless and, in fact, necessary for life on Earth, and investigate why the Sun's UV rays can be harmful, but life depends on its light and heat.  Radiation Facts; Plus a free student handout from AccessScience.

Palindromes and Seasons

Celebrate Palindrome Days with these genetics and chromosome activities
A palindrome is a sequence that reads the same backward and forwards. Palindromes are fun but also have value in science. Palindromes are in our bodies; studying them can lead to cures for diseases. 

Reflect back on Palindrome Days!
Palindromes are all around us in nature, mathematics, and words. Get examples of palindromes in mathematics and fun ways to incorporate them in your lessons. March 20, 2023 is an upcoming palindrome date for 2023.

Reasons for the seasons; Earth science facts to make their day.
Earth science concepts reveal the details behind the Earth’s seasons, solstices, and equinoxes.

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