Science Books?

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  1. JRafko

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    Hello I am going to be a First Year teacher in the coming Fall. I would really enjoy trying to plan a project based classroom as much as I can, at least a lab a week. The problem is, I dont know of very many labs. What are some good Science experiment books or resources you use in your classroom? My majors are Earth Science and Biology so my range in science are quite broad.

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  3. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    If I can ever help you out, please let me know! I teach grades 3-6, but I have student taught in grades 7, 9-12.

    This is one of my favorite labs to do with 6th graders (great for middle school too) about genetics- https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&...jgQ4Lv&sig=AHIEtbQAgYfR1yUbC934RSSeu_-aaqpoWA

    There's so many ideas that you can use online! I recommend that you try to locate teacher's personal class sites and see what labs they are using (teachers will usually post their documents online). I modify the document to meet the specific needs and goals of my students.
     
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    Wow! Genetics is in our curriculum and this looks like a great activity! Thank you so much for posting this! I am always looking for more good hands-on science activities that meet the standards. Do you have any others that might be in these categories?

    1. Atoms and Molecules
    2. Force and Motion
    3. Friction
    4. Human Body

    Again, thank you for the great experiment. :)
     
  5. JRafko

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    That does look like a fun a lab! Thanks a lot! I saved it, it is in my teaching folder!
     
  6. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

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    It depends on what concepts you actually want to teach, the skills you want to teach, and what grade level/ability your students can do...

    1) Atoms and Molecules
    I like this game to help students practice figuring out the electron, neutrons, and protons, etc- http://education.jlab.org/elementmath/

    I also would like to do a lot of modeling for the students to help them understand what these elements look like. Some teachers buy expensive sets of wooden rods and different colored wooden balls to create models. I think anything can instantly be improved with candy- so I switch out the wooden balls to gummy candies of different kinds (gummy bears, jelly beans, etc) and you can use tooth picks instead of wooden rods (get GOOD tooth picks- cheap ones break too easily).

    2. Force and Motion
    I love this game/interactive app that shows the 3 laws of motion- my students love it too: http://science.discovery.com/games-and-interactives/newtons-laws-of-motion-interactive.htm

    While we're doing that I ask them to make a lot of predictions, think of other examples that would show each law happening, and then create posters for each of the laws.

    Steve Spangler has a lot of neat activities for forces and motion- http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiments/12 You can discuss the scientific method, variables, etc while doing these activities.

    I also like this site- http://www.monstersciences.com/forces-science-experiments.html

    3. Friction

    Find a piece of heavy furniture- really something that be barely moved by a person. Students will need to engineer a tool that can be used to move the object and if possible they should be allowed to build the tool and test it out (you'll want to set parameters for this- expense, that the tool has to go underneath the furniture, etc). Most of the tools that work will help to reduce the friction between the ground and the furniture.

    This is a fun site to use: http://www.fearofphysics.com/Friction/friction.html

    This might be a cool demo to do with the kids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxzkmpYMVBI

    You can also do a "backwards friction" experiment by having kids try to slow a toy car down a wooden ramp. They can only play items on the surface and they can't block the car or wheels from moving. (Think like honey all over the surface)

    4. Human Body

    There's a lot for this one- what concepts are you trying to teach?

    Foss has some great activities for human bodies- this link gives you duplication masters and I think you could probably figure out what the activity is just by looking at them: http://www.fossweb.com/modules3-6/pdfs/HumanBody/HBodyHalfSheetsENG.pdf

    To look at the Assessment pages, here is the log in information (it's free so it's not like I'm giving you personal information)-
    username: worksheets
    password: watershed

    Hope this is a good start! If you want to see more activities that I do in my classroom, go to my profile page and check out my blog there. :)
     
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    Thank you so much! I so much appreciate all these great activities. I am looking forward to checking them out. :thanks::thanks::thumb:
     
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