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School districts around Hampton Roads are already gearing up for end of course testing. But as most of us know, last minute cramming doesn’t take the place of good instruction all year. Last year, end of course test scores in science dropped dramatically in Virginia Beach. How can parents make sure 2014 isn’t a continuance of that downward trend?

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The secret, according to education writer Bruce Price, is to "start with the fun, easy stuff: the real crowd-pleasers, the fireworks, the stuff that nobody can turn away from." Only then should teachers work gradually and logically through the required material. He explains this approach to science education more thoroughly in both an article and a short YouTube video.

Parents may also want to consider supplementing school lessons with hands on experiments and educational games like Plant Bingo or the Weather and Water Cycle card game at home. Check out the following free and inexpensive products available from TeachersPayTeachers.

Check out previous articles featuring free science Power Points, scientists and inventors and elementary school science.