I think this is personally my favorite way to become engaged in a concept. I like to physically see an example happening so I can start forming some “why” questions in my head. The problem is, sometimes it’s hard to find cool demos that you can do without a huge budget, so below is a list of resources for demos that require few or less expensive materials.
2. Nature Cams
Live nature cams are more engaging than just watching a video about nature, I think it could be because of the fact that what you are watching is in real time. Each of the images below link to specific nature cams that I think are the coolest, but you could also browse the collection of cams that is on this website: https://explore.org/livecams
3. Virtual Field Trips
Virtual field trips can be a fun way to get your students interested in a topic. Here are just a few that I really enjoyed!
If you click on each of the images above, they will take you to different simulations! The picture of a galaxy will take you to a planetarium simulation. The globe with the plate tectonics will take you to a simulation that allows you to zoom in on different plate boundaries across the world and learn about the type of plate boundary it is as well as other information about geologic activity that happens around that location. The final image will take you to a seismic wave simulation, where you can watch p-waves and s-waves as they travel through the earth.
5. Movies or movie clips
I think that watching a movie or tv show during class is a great thing to do when you have “down time,” like maybe right before winter break. It can be relaxing to both you and the students, while keeping them science-focused. Watching a whole science-related movie in class may not be possible, but you can definitely use clips from the movies pictured below and many others to engage your students!