1st Edition

Family Science Night Fun Tips, Activities, and Ideas

By Shelley Connell Copyright 2013
    144 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    144 Pages
    by Eye On Education

    At last! A practical, readable guide for teachers, school leaders, and parent/teacher associations that shows how to plan fun, hands-on science nights! Get easy-to-implement, content-rich tips and ideas that will cultivate positive attitudes toward science! Learn how to involve and actively engage families in their children's science education. Divided into two sections, this highly organized book provides the essential strategies needed to run a successful, fun, cost-effective Family Science Night—from beginning to end.

    • Getting Started: a step-by-step guide to organizing the event.
    • Action Toolkit: ideas and instructions for a variety of hands-on activities for students to do with their families.

    You get a wealth of resources, including an organizer's checklist for each station, sources for supplies you'll need, reproducible "Family Fun Cards" to guide families at each station, setup instructions, and several stations that include take-home crafts families can work on together!

    Part I: Getting Started
    Chapter 1: Finding Funding
    Chapter 2: Forming a Planning Committee
    Chapter 3: Getting Volunteers
    Chapter 4: Buying and Storing Materials
    Chapter 5: Planning Your Stations

    Part II: Action Toolkit
    Index and Learning Objectives for Family Science Night Stations
    Fishing for Planets
    Fossil Hunt
    Animal Tessellations
    Germ Glow
    Floating Balls
    Bubble Shapes
    Paint a Mold
    Mobile Planetarium
    Super Bubble
    Fingerprint ID
    Move to the Beat
    Paper Airplane
    Bloody Fingers
    Clay Boat
    Cover Your Bases
    Super Sand
    Crazy Worm
    Baby Bottle...Pop!
    Wacky Ball
    Marker Magic
    Soapy Boat
    Bubble Glove


    Shelley S. Connell, Ed.D., received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, earned a master’s degree and a doctorate at Morgan State University, and holds teaching certificates from Texas and New Jersey. It was in the classroom that she found a love for merging her two passions—education and science, having first been employed as a laboratory scientist in Maryland. She has since authored peer-reviewed articles in science and education, evaluated a major mathematics and reading intervention program in the U.S. Virgin Islands schools, worked as an adjunct faculty member for Nova Southeastern University, and been a committed board member for her local PTA. Today, Shelley is a classroom teacher, provides science enrichment for school districts, continues to serve as an adjunct faculty member for Nova Southeastern, and is working on a science fiction series for children. As a teacher in both formal and informal classroom settings, she is passionate about building a strong connection with parents to empower their children to succeed in any subject area.Shelley currently lives in northern New Jersey with her husband of 11 years, two energetic children, and her dog, Blossom. She loves to travel with her family, read fantastic books, bake delicious desserts and breakfast foods, and stay active in her church. She is always on the lookout for new and exciting twists on scientific investigations.