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A Middle School Science Activity That Includes Everyone

Science demonstration- an aluminum pie pan spins above a candle. From science lesson 'Convection Engine'

Science demonstration- an aluminum pie pan spins above a candle. From science lesson ‘Convection Engine’.

Is it really true that each middle school science activity here is 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 activity 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-Electricity


Advantages Of Each Middle School Science Activity

Since each middle school science activity has been used in a real classroom you know you’re getting more than a great sounding idea that might work. You’’re getting a middle school science activity 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 activity.


Illustrate Every Middle School Science Activity

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 activity.

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 activity, 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.


A Middle School Science Activity That Uses The Gift Of Curiosity

Do you know how lucky you are to be a science teacher? Imagine you woke up tomorrow morning and you suddenly had become an English teacher and had to come up with something for your students to do. Your mind is probably not exploding with exciting things to do. Ok, calm down, you’re a science teacher again. Do you remember what you dreamed of doing when you first decided to become a science teacher? Was it hand out worksheets? Give long lectures? That doesn’’t even deserve an answer.

You can use human curiosity to your advantage in each middle school science activity, and it can take you anywhere you want to go. Here’’s a fun demonstration idea: gift-wrap a box as beautifully as you can with ribbons and bows. Then start class one day by putting the package in front of your classroom and try to teach a normal lesson while attempting to ignore the gift box. Your students will go nuts wondering who it’’s for and what’’s in it. Mean? Yes. Fun? Absolutely!

Keep this gift box handy for when a middle school science activity takes a turn and you get questions like “”why are we spending so much money on space exploration”?” Answer- basic human curiosity. It drives everything we do, and it gets to the root of what science really is- looking around, noticing, and wondering why things are.


A Middle School Science Activity Without Magic

While each middle school science activity here was designed to be purposeful and effective, they still won’’t magically teach themselves (but wouldn’’t that be nice if they did?). Teaching a middle school science activity 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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