Current Events lesson

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  1. tiki421

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    Hey everyone! I work at a learning center during the summer. We hold a summer camp in which students go to different classes- math, reading, vocab and current events.

    My current events class needs some energy!! I feel like I never know what to teach my students.We read articles from scholastic world or science world but it is not very fun for them.
    My students are all boys and really into science. I would like to do a project with them so that I can take photos for my teaching portfolio.
    Does anyone have any ideas??? Has anyone taught current events? or have a really fun science lesson/ experiment or even a debate?
     
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    I got nothing for current events (I remember hating it as a kid though!)

    But you could look through Pinterest for fun science experiments! I always come across cool science projects. Since it's summer, you could do the big experiments outside!
    I remember attending a science camp when I was a kid (5th/6th Grade) and one of the projects was a rocket!
     
  4. Linguist92021

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    Go to the website for CNN student news (Google it, I forget the URL), they have a daily 10 minute news segment geared for middle / high school students. The website has curriculum for every day, discussion questions, vocabulary, even a quiz on Fridays. You can also print the script. It's quick, high energy and interesting, perfect for summer school.
     
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    Let's see - Pluto is going to have its first close viewings, ever, from now until July 15. I was using this in my classes even before school was out. You can expand that lesson to do follow ups on the universe as a whole.

    If you haven't visited Science News, and Science News for Students yet, this link will take you to the first:
    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/14e399efe6bbec0d

    https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/14e34792fc1ab796

    I also love HHMI
    http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/tick-hiker

    http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/# You can create a free account for students

    http://www.livescience.com/

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/

    http://www.dogonews.com/

    https://newsela.com/

    http://www.cnn.com/specials/space-science

    http://discovermagazine.com/

    http://www.timeforkids.com/

    http://www.macroevolution.net/current-events-in-earth-science.html

    http://www.space.com/

    http://tweentribune.com/

    http://www.headlinespot.com/for/kids/

    http://www.eurekalert.org/

    And last, but certainly not least:
    http://science.nasa.gov/

    Many of these sites will appeal to many students of varied ages, and varied interests. I can only hope these help.
     
  6. Maryhf

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    Perhaps you could try the gasification of current events. They could gain points by answering questions with prizes to come at summer's end. In my mind, the goal would be for students to pay attention to current events at home in order to acquire points the next day-I love the PBS show Wait Wait Don't tell Me- and then that could be a springboard for discussion. By all means, add hands on science whenever you can. I'm not sure that random experiments fit your current events theme. I'll bet you won't have trouble finding activities now that you're aware that you need them.
     
  7. MLB711

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    I use newsela to teach current events. The articles can be scaled for different reading levels and they have a bunch of different categories, including science. I read one about the California drought and potable reuse vs. desalinization with my 7th graders at the end of the year. You could read the same article and then build a solar desalinization device to see how it works. You could also talk about the Nepal earthquake and do an experiment on how an earthquake happens. One of my co-teachers made jello in a baking pan to simulate earthquakes. The students made toothpick and marshmallow houses and each one was shaken in the pan until it broke.
     

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