Middle School Science Success

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Middle School Science Success
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Challenging, engaging, and applicable: that is what science and S.T.E.M. should be in middle school classrooms.
 
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Students will design, build, and modify windmills from kidwind.org as a way to demonstrate the engineering process from beginning to end. This activity is great at the beginning of any STEM-based course.
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Students will demonstrate the engineering process from start to finish by designing, building, and modifying solar ovens (given a variety of materials to choose from). This is a great activity to begin any STEM-based course with.
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Students will design a biosphere suitable for 250 people to live on Mars for the rest of their lives. Students will be required to include various plant growth and ecological components in their design. It is recommended students be given the
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Students will create a fictitious creature that has traits best suited to the environment (planet) chosen out of the four available options. Students will then analyze their design with a "Better Answers" summary.
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Students will demonstrate common-sense skills as well as basic knowledge of laboratory safety through this short test. In order to do labs and experiments, students should be capable of passing this test with a 100% and no less.
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Students will use the results of four die rolls to determine different equations that incorporate powers and/or roots and that end up equaling 1, 2, 3, 4,....10. Should a student "knock down" all ten "pins" (determine different equations with the
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This assignment, while greatly challenging student thinking, demonstrates and emphasizes three key skills that must be applied on a daily basis in science class via four different engaging activities: following directions/procedures, pattern
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Students will use templates to create fictional dinosaurs. Students will then provide basic information about their creations, name their creations using guides from real dinosaur names and their meanings, and tie in natural selection to their
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Students will work in groups to create a scientific method approach to identifying whether their unknown rock sample is igneous, metamorphic, or sedimentary. Students can conduct various tests (ideas included) on the rocks, they can follow a rock
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Students will use their knowledge of physics and chemistry to design an amusement park ride. According to the rubric, they will include various physics and chemistry components throughout their design. A great example of an engaging, inquiry-based
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Students will use the attached guide to research about, and present on, various key characteristics of S.T.E.M. education. For instance, at the conclusion of this activity, students should better understand what S.T.E.M. stands for, what it is,
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Students will use the attached rubric to create a class presentation that addresses the anatomy and physiology of a major human body system of their choice. Students will create a presentation complete with an activity and quiz to follow up.
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Based on http://www.thefutureiswild.com/, students will apply similar concepts to the design of their own organism that may exist in 1 million years. Students will be required to include various cellular, DNA, genetics, and natural selection
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Students will work in groups to research about an environmental impact attributed to human activity. Students will then lead a class on their findings, including a presentation, an activity, and a quiz throughout. An engaging and thought-provoking
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Students will analyze any diagram of the rock cycle. To show their understanding of the rock cycle, they will create a creative expression of this process via either a comic or a written story (student's choice). The key here is that each student
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Using a mnemonic device as a guide, students will learn how to construct complete and correct graphs in a science class.
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Students will rotate through 5 stations to demonstrate in an exciting way how bird beak structure relates to function for obtaining different food sources.
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Students will combine natural selection and evolution with the multiplication principle while designing fictional alien creatures.
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A S.T.E.M. engineering unit that requires students to use building toys (such as Legos, K'nex Education sets, etc.) to design, and build, functional complex machines.
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This activity emphasizes effective written communication in science via five written responses that must use great detail in order to be successful. Three responses describe the unique features of a classroom, a paper cup, and a rubber stopper; one
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Mr. Tate has been a middle-school science educator for nearly ten years. In May 2002, he earned a B.S. in Biology, a minor in Chemistry, and a provisional teacher license from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Then, in May 2006, he also earned an M.A. in Secondary Science Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Colorado Denver. Mr. Tate’s classroom experiences include developing and implementing 7th grade science and S.T.E.M. elective courses, sponsoring chess, middle school science, and LEGO clubs, and overseeing the 7th grade science fair. As a member of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, Mr. Tate stays abreast of the newest researched-based best practices in science education.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Mr. Tate develops activities that emphasize higher-level thinking skills, hands-on inquiry, problem-solving, design, and cooperative group work whenever possible. Mr. Tate believes that, by having students "do" science in school, they are much more likely to get engaged and excited about the natural world around them.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Mr. Tate is honored to have received the following: • Colorado recipient of the 2012 “Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence” • Recipient of the Fall 2011 “Jared Polis Foundation Technology Mini-Grant” • Graduate Magna Cum Laude; The Metropolitan State College of Denver; Spring 2002 • Member of Kappa Delta Pi; Spring 2002 • Colorado Scholars Award Recipient; Fall 2001 and Spring 2002 • Edna Layton Scholarship Recipient; Fall 2001, Fall 2002, Fall 2004, Fall 2005, Fall 2006, Fall 2007 • The Metropolitan State College of Denver’s Presidential Scholarship Recipient; 1997-2000 • Golden Key National Honor Society; Fall 1999 to present

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

From 1997-2002, Mr. Tate attended the Metropolitan State College of Denver, earning a B.S. in Biology, a minor in Chemistry, and a Professional Teaching endorsement in secondary science from the Colorado Department of Education. Then, from 2006-present, Mr. Tate has attended the University of Colorado at Denver (UCD), earning a M.A. in Secondary Science Education in 2006. After earning his master's degree, Mr. Tate has since participated in an ongoing partnership grant between UCD and the National Science Foundation known as the "Rocky Mountain Middle School Math and Science Partnership" (RM-MSMSP). During this program, Mr. Tate has completed numerous courses focusing on teaching the natural sciences, and he has also been fortunate enough to have been invited to participate in the program's "Research Experience for Teachers", conducting research in the following areas (please see https://sites.google.com/site/becstatescience/mrtatesresearch for more information): Summer 2012: Spectral Deconvolution of Fluorescence Images Summer 2011: Synthesis of PC-Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles Summer 2010: Study of Fauna in Microbial Fuel Cells All in all, Mr. Tate considers himself a life-long learner, constantly in search of the newest and most engaging science activities that he can develop for, and bring to, his students each and every year.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Mr. Tate is happily married to Denise Tate (a 1st grade teacher at the same school), he has two sons (Corbyn, 5 and Aaden, 3), and he is the author of the upcoming young-adult SoNaR Adventure books (www.sonarbooks.com). Mr. Tate enjoys reading, writing, playing golf, watching his sons grow and learn about the world around them, and traveling with his family. As an up and coming author, Mr. Tate is proudly represented by Ms. Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary, LLC.

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