Middle School Resources

Notes from area Middle School Science Teachers: (Grades 5-8 represented)
"What are some of your favorite lessons and/or units that you currently deliver? How do these lessons get your students to participate in higher level thinking?"

  1. 5th grade science (Southern Area School District)- Wonder Questions - take questions that students are just curious about and do a project where student research different resources to find their answers - cross-curricular - motivating because they are in charge of their learning process - gets them thinking on a higher level in order to find the solution -students are reading and interpreting nonfiction information - usually takes 2 weeks - usually a paper assignment (posters, pictures, annotations), but is considering Glogster http://glogster.edu/ for their final project next year - a great way to differentiate instruction
  2. 7th/8th grade science (Benton Area School District) - use internet links and activities that are already in the textbook - students created a mini brocure with the link from the textbook - it only took one class period - would like to try ebooks for stem biology
  3. Moodle - students put book logs on the moodle, students upload their documents, teacher then grades them and puts it back in the moodle - teacher sets up a discussion, students submit their response and then they can view other responses and even respond to them if the teacher requires it - online quiz feature that is then graded for you -
  4. Exam View, even if it doesn't come with your textbook, you can still use it, you just have to put your own questions and answers (contact your local textbook rep - ex. Holt Rinehart & Winston, Apprentice Hall - let them know that you are interested in purchasing a new textbook series and would like to see what they have to offer for online testing - they will gladly send you the software, now you can use it.
  5. Wikispaces - a great way to start in collaborating, recommend creating private wikis for your students to post discussions and student projects http://www.wikispaces.com/site/for/teachers
  6. Go to Karey's wiki http://cffquakers.wikispaces.com/Wiki+Tutorial for tips on getting started with a wiki
  7. Cell model out of dough - student use measuring skills to make play dough
  8. GrowGators - add water and watch them grow - good for area and perimeter - students graphed the growth -ordered from a science catalog - discuss the materials that make up the gators and what makes them grow...
  9. http://www.susquehannahistory.com local history and science