For many middle school science students, this will be their first year of having science as a stand-alone class. Additionally, many middle schools are comprised of students coming from several different elementary schools. You can use these Back-to-School activities to help students practice the expectations of a science class, plus learn about each other. While they do these activities, you as a teacher can get to know your students and reinforce your classroom rules and guidelines.
activities included and their focuses are:
1. White Powders and Observations: FOCUS = following directions, making good observations
2. Tennis Ball Stand Scheme: FOCUS = trial and error, working with a group, communicating ideas
3. Acrostic Poem: FOCUS = Thinking about middle school science as more than blowing things up and dissecting frogs
4. Studentology: FOCUS = developing questions, working together in a group, analyzing and displaying data
5. See It. Say It. Build It. Compare It. FOCUS = Communication (both speaking and listening)
6. A to Z Science FOCUS = Thinking about different branches of science
7. Science Unscramble FOCUS = Thinking about equipment and processes used by scientists
8. All-About-Me One-Pager FOCUS = Following directions completely (added July 2015)
9. Advice Columns FOCUS = Thinking about typical problems middle schoolers face and how to fix them. (added 8/8/15)
10. Grabbing Some Teamwork FOCUS = working together with a small team to accomplish a challenge (added 1/11/16)
11. Puzzles Race FOCUS = working together and problem solving; includes and optional editable Google doc (added 7/14/16)
12. Fact or Fiction? FOCUS = thinking about misconceptions in science; includes an optional, editable Google Slides presentation (added 7/24/16)
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