I currently teach 7th grade comprehensive science, 8th grade comprehensive science, and physical science honors.
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Thu, Mar 24, 2016 11:55 PM in Science Fun for Students
I think that demonstrations are another great engagement tool. There are many inexpensive things (such as a Newton's cradle) that students love to interact with, yet can help demonstrate concepts.
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Thu, Mar 24, 2016 12:40 PM in Recovery Assignments
Our school does no allow extra credit. However, students that underperform on tests have the opportunity for grade recovery. They have to complete remediation work before taking a new test. They receive the higher score of their 2 tests, with a cap at 70 points. This helps struggling students.
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 11:15 AM in Circuits
I agree that Snap Circuits are awesome, but a bit pricey. I found a set at the local Goodwill thrift store.
Another option is buying battery holders, alligator clips, etc. from amazon.com.
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Zoom Zoom: Magnification
Mon, Mar 28, 2016 5:26 PM Fun Way to Introduce the Concept
The author presents a thorough plan for introducing students to the concept of magnification. The students will enjoy looking at objects through tools with various magnification levels. Although they would enjoy it, it might be a bit simple for middle school students.
Sat, Mar 26, 2016 10:19 PM Good Amount if Information
This SciPack is very well done. It covers the basics of atomic structure in some detail. As a middle school teacher, I found this to be a perfect refresher prior to teaching the material in my class.
What We Call Misconceptions May Be Necessary Stepping-Stones Toward Making Sense of the World
Fri, Mar 25, 2016 9:32 PM I live the idea
Misconceptions by students can come from all sorts of places and lines of reasoning. The author offers several strategies for getting students from their misconception to a correct understanding.
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