Middle School Science Activities That Include Everyone
Is it really true that these middle school 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 middle school 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- “Interactive Notes-Conserving Earth’s Land, Water, and Air“
Illustrating All Middle School 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 middle school 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 middle school 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.
Advantages Of These Middle School Science Activities
Since each of my middle school 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 middle school 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 middle school science activities.
Choosing The Best In Our Middle School Science Activities
With all the demonstrations available, you might be wondering why I selected the ones I did to be included in my middle school science activities. In most cases the choice was hard to make, but I used several criteria to guide that decision:
- Each demonstration obviously need to illustrate the topic in each of the middle school science activities
- It should work every single time it’s tried
- And use common materials you already have
- It shouldn’t over-excite students
- Or be complicated for you to explain or for students to do
- It also needs to be fascinating to watch
- And have the ability to hold every students’ attention while it’s being done and then explained
Middle School Science Activities Without Magic
While all of my middle school 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 middle school 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.