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Advantages Of These 6th Grade Science Activities

Sample 6th grade science activities, from lesson 'Convection Engine'

Convection engine science demonstration, from lesson ‘Convection Engine’

Teaching 6th grade science activities is hard enough without the occasional surprise of a lesson plan failing you. To prevent that from happening, the 6th grade science activities on this site take 2 important steps:

  1. Not only are the demonstrations are awesome, but they work 99 out of 100 times. You need those kinds of odds in your favor because inside a real classroom, anything that can go wrong will. The other important thing about about these science activities is they…
  2. Emphasize the importance of being prepared and ready. Think of it this way- what is the most important thing in your classroom, that above all else determines how much your students learn? Answer- the state of your (the teacher’s) mind. As the leader of your classroom, you must need a good mindset. Here’s why- depending on if you’re stressed and unfocused, or if you’re calm, prepared, and confident, the same science activity could result in a good learning experience for all, or not. (Sure, there are LOTS of other factors affecting how well your lessons go, some of which are out of your control, but it’s good to know you can control the most important one. If you’d like to read more about being prepared, check out this page on how to prepare for your school day.

Put both of those things together- 6th grade science lessons that actually work, along with your preparation and confidence- and your students will benefit greatly.

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6th grade science activities Without Magic

While all of my 6th grade 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 6th grade 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.

6th grade science activities That Include Everyone

Is it really true that these 6th grade 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 6th grade 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.

6th grade science activities With More Than You Bargained For

When you go through my 6th grade science activities I hope you’’re surprised at how much you get. Sure, you expect student handouts and some sort of teacher notes. But what about customized PowerPoints, quizzes and homework assignments, copies pictures, and a thorough set of video notes complete with step-by-step explanation and illustrations that you can customize your 6th grade science activities?

Choosing The Best In Our 6th grade science activities

With all the demonstrations available, you might be wondering why I selected the ones I did to be included in my 6th grade 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 6th grade 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

“Letting Go” In 6th Grade Science Activities

To your relief, none of my 6th grade science activities will ask you to do every thing for every student. In fact, you’’ll notice a complete shift of who does what in my 6th grade science activities. Students, not you, are the ones doing things. Your job is to stand back and make sure people do what they’re supposed to do, and the outcomes are what they’’re supposed to be. Then you can move in with dialogue when their minds are primed and ready. This method may be uncomfortable for you at first. But the rewards are worth it.

By handing over the best part of your 6th grade science activities to students- the demonstration- you’re showing trust. Most students will respond to this by rewarding you (and themselves) with a higher level of maturity, and now everyone’’s winning. In my 6th grade science activities your role is to give students enough clear instruction so they know what to do. But always leave some “play” room that they can use to discover things for themselves. Having come upon something amazing with their own hands, they will naturally go further and manipulate variables, enriching the discussion even more. Now that is real science.

Be Intentional In Your 6th Grade Science Activities

As you mentally prepare for each of your 6th grade science activities, be intentional about everything. Nothing should happen by accident or by chance (at least not many things; science class should occasionally reflect real science and encounter surprises).

That’’s the beauty of the Yellow Sheet– almost nothing can sneak up on you. Using this method of planning for your 6th grade science activities, you’’ll overlook no detail. It may sound like a lot of work and different from anything else you’’ve ever done, but if you often feel frustrated with what goes on in your room, try it for a week and see how it goes. You’’ll find that when you’’re intentional and not accidental, more will get done and the tone will be more positive.