Are Your Students Engaged?
Are you looking for a way to engage middle schoolers in their science learning? Are you eager to see your students become scientists in your classroom?
That's the goal of this course...
Invite students to become scientists in your classroom
As fellow scientists they need to learn to investigate, discover, measure, observe, examine...
And these skills take time and repetition.
But repeating stuff can be boring…
That’s where labs come in!
Many of the labs are teaching the same fundamentals but use different materials to keep things interesting.
What if my students are at different levels?
Ah, differentiation! In my classroom everyone did the Core Labs—marked by Δ. These are the labs we talk about in our discussions and they provide the content for what we test. Extension Labs go deeper or broader—some are tangents, and some repeat the core concepts for kids who need that.
What if I don’t have time to introduce a lab?
No worries! In my classroom, students worked at their own pace, so I rarely introduced a lab. I write all of the instructions directly to the students so you can just print and go.
What if you don’t have time to research the science behind a concept?
I’ve got you covered... Sections in the written instructions and the videos should answer your questions. Here you’ll also find hints and helps for running an activity. Additionally, the Teacher Notes sections will give you plenty of background information. You won’t have to do any outside research unless you want to.
Each lesson has two parts...
› Video instructions which include:
• a demonstration of the activity
• extensions for students who want to dig deeper
• hints and strategies for preparing each lesson
› Written instructions which include:
• list of materials
• straight-forward directions
• questions and writing prompts
• explanations for the students and teacher
Concepts and topics addressed
Minerals are inorganic solids
Minerals are crystalline
Minerals have specific physical properties (hardness, etc)
Minerals are naturally occurring
Minerals are identified by color, streak, luster, hardness
Minerals form from magma and lava
Minerals form from dissolved substances
Rocks are composed of one or more minerals
There are three types of rocks (Sedimentary, Metamorphic, and Igneous)
Sedimentary rocks are formed from sediment that is cemented and compacted
Igneous rocks form from crystallized lava or magma
Metamorphic rocks are formed when other rocks are under high temperature and or pressure
Any rock type can become any other rock type through a series of processes
• Straight-forward without being simplistic
• Written to students; designed to be print-and-go.
• Watch experiments; read directions; access background information.
Subject: Physical Science
Target Age: Middle School
• Historical Connections
• Bible Study
• Artistic Connection
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Written instructions for each lab.
A forum for asking questions and sharing with other teachers.
Guidance for writing formal lab reports.
Scaffolded writing prompts.
Answer keys to help with assessing student work.
When does the course start?
This course is a collection of written resources to use in your classroom. You can start as soon as you sign up!
Can I access these resources from my phone or tablet?
Sure! It works well on any device. PLUS, it works well on mobile devices.
Do I have to go in order?
Nope! You can use the lessons in any order—I always arrange them in a way I think makes sense, however since students in my classes worked at their own pace, they also tended to do the lessons in their preferred order. Within each section, the lessons progress from concrete to more abstract and from fundamental concepts to more tangential ones.
Who is this course for?
This course is designed for teachers to give them hands-on resources to teach middle school science.
Will this course work for homeschoolers?
I think so, though my background is classroom teaching. It’s not designed like a plug and play course. It’s a collection of activities that will help you teach the content.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course - across any and all devices you own.
Meet the author...
Hi, I'm Carolyn Balch, the author of Engaging Science Labs. I started my career as a high school physics teacher. Then I entered the field of museum education at the National Air and Space Museum (part of the Smithsonian Institution) where I wrote science education materials and ran teacher workshops. When my children were born, I left the workforce and when they were little, our family got involved with a school start up. My children grew and with them, the school;
I volunteered on a weekly basis, running science experiments for my son's class and joined the faculty as the middle school science teacher when the seventh grade was added. Now I write full-time, working to publish the curriculum I developed while I was teaching. Each online course is a unit of study from a hands-on, laboratory-experience perspective. Each activity has a video and written instructions so you'll be thoroughly prepared to teach them.