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Junior High Science Activities That Include Everyone

Science demonstration-a balloon charged with static mysteriously attracts a ping pong ball! From science lesson 'Interactive Notes-Electricity'.

Science demonstration-a balloon charged with static mysteriously attracts a ping pong ball! From science lesson ‘Interactive Notes-Electricity’.

Is it really true that these junior high science activities are for every student in your room? Let’s see- we know the “good” kids who normally pay attention will continue to do so. But what about the daydreamers, the troublemakers, and those who panic when things get “wordy” and technical? I designed each of my junior high science activities to keep everyone interested:

  • The daydreamer will become intrigued with the demonstration
  • Troublemakers are usually kids who hate worksheets because they have trouble reading, so they’ll love getting their hands on science
  • And those with weak stomachs will be ok too, because they’ll get a boost of confidence from what they did themselves. And that which you have done with your own hands you are no longer afraid of.

This is an excerpt from the lesson- “Distant Forces

Advantages Of These Junior High Science Activities

Since each of my junior high science activities has been used in a real classroom you know you’re getting more than a great sounding idea that might work. You’’re getting junior high science activities without kinks and with a consistent flow from beginning to end. You’’re also getting a thorough background that reflects what actually happened when I did the lesson with my students, and not what might happen or we hope will.

We all know what it’’s like to try to use a teacher’s guide that’s vague or idealistic; those don’t work because they were dreamed up far from a real classroom! That won’’t happen with my junior high science activities.

Illustrate Every Junior High Science Activities

It’s my firm belief that almost everything in science has a simple explanation, and the best ones include a demonstration with a reference to something students are already familiar with. It’s very important that those illustrations become a central part of each junior high science activities.

Have you ever listened to a speaker who confused you? In your mind you may have thought, “Why don’t you showme what you’re talking about. Give me an illustration, please!” If they finally did give an illustration, then you remember your anxiety letting down. Remember to use word pictures often during your junior high science activities, because that’s how our minds learn best, and also because there’s usually a student in your classroom looking at you starving for an illustration but saying nothing.

Junior High Science Activities Your Students Will Buy Into

What’s the hardest part of any junior high science activities? For most of us it’s capturing our students’ attention. Since worksheets usually aren’’t that breathtaking, I’ve found that a different approach works better. My junior high science activities were designed to be interactive with your students- to provide a reason for them to listen as well as give you a centerpiece you can build on. An involved student will pay attention and take ownership in the activity, which fuels their interest even more. And that’’s what causes them to “buy into it”.

Junior High Science Activities Without Magic

While all of my junior high science activities were designed to be purposeful and effective, they still won’’t magically teach themselves (but wouldn’’t that be nice if they did?). Teaching junior high science activities is hard work, and there will never be a substitute for good preparation and your willingness to put your all into it. But the neat thing is that all that preparation will lead to something magical- the ability to connect with 30 students of varying backgrounds and ability.

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