Hate to give busywork as homework? Need to give your students a reason to do homework? Here are some fun ideas that work well for middle school and upper elementary students..
Another option is to use them as class projects throughout the year. Pull some out when it's time to mix things up!
The students are given a set of 12 activities of varying point values, easy to difficult. They can choose any combination of activities so the values add up to a point value of your choosing. The activities are interesting, relevant, and reinforce science concepts.
These projects can be done entirely at home and you can set the time limit. The projects can be shared with the class so everyone learns.
Included in this packet:
-Student Handout: Variety Homework sheet explaining the projects and point values
-Teacher notes and instructions
-Example of parent letter
-Suggested grading rubric
-Lab Report Template
The optional parent letter is in word format for editing so you can adapt it to your class.
Students can use the lab report included.
Students should know the basics of performing experiments before attempting these activities.
This type of homework is always popular with my kids because they have some autonomy. And they enjoy doing the projects!
Which paper towel absorbs water the fastest?
Make a scrap book of a scientist - include a birth certificate and a page from his/her diary and more.
How does a toilet flush mechanism work?
How can you make an object that hovers in water, neither floating nor sinking?
Create a safety poster.
Create a power point presentation of how a body system works.
These activities are already differentiated for different learning styles and student levels. Guide them towards something challenging, but not too challenging!