General Science and Teaching

1st Day of school lab "Hook"

I am looking for a first day of school lab or activity to hook high school biology students. Any ideas?

Teresa Massey
Teresa Massey
150 Activity Points

I'm having my kids save Sam.. http://www.biologycorner.com/worksheets/saving_sam.html

Chris Leverington
Chris Leverington
3820 Activity Points

I love this activity. Fits right in with engineering in science. Thanks for sharing.

Betty Paulsell
Betty Paulsell
48540 Activity Points

This is a fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing!!!


Chris Blackstock
1140 Activity Points

I would use either demo a discrepant event or solve a short lab mystery. Check out "The Mystery solution Lab" from Flinn http://elearning.flinnsci.com/StandalonePlayer.aspx?vid=EL1609.flv Another one could be the Brown Bag Engineering Challenge: http://www.starfisheducation.com/2013/06/The-Brown-Bag-STEM-Challenges.html Adah

Adah Stock
Adah Stock
101490 Activity Points

Why don't you use a mystery lab. Flinn has a neat one for first day: https://www.flinnsci.com/teacher-resources/teacher-resource-videos/best-practices-for-teaching-chemistry/scientific-method/mystery-solutions-lab/ Adah

Adah Stock
Adah Stock
101490 Activity Points

Thank you Adah great starters!

Judith Lucas-Odom
Judith Lucas-Odom
22855 Activity Points

These ideas are great anytime of the year. Every day I have new students coming to my classes and these are excellent ways to get them caught up!

Judith Lucas-Odom
Judith Lucas-Odom
22855 Activity Points

Thanks for the idea!

Kathleen Heikkinen
Kathleen Heikkinen
835 Activity Points

I loved the activity "Save Sam". This activity is very creative activity. It also has the students working together to get to know each other, so thats why I think it is a great first day "hook" activity for a class. I will for sure keep this activity in mind when I get my own classroom.

Amanda Rijo
Amanda Rijo
310 Activity Points

I loved the activity "Save Sam". This activity is very creative activity. It also has the students working together to get to know each other, so thats why I think it is a great first day "hook" activity for a class. I will for sure keep this activity in mind when I get my own classroom.

Amanda Rijo
Amanda Rijo
310 Activity Points

What a great group of ideas. There are certainly a lot of creative teachers in the Learning Center!! I loved the "Sam" activity.

Betty Paulsell
Betty Paulsell
48540 Activity Points

Wow! This is such an awesome idea for students. I love how they are working in groups and it seems like this would be engaging for students. I am always looking for ways to engage students and this could also be used as an engage or warm up to get students minds working. I am not in high school but I am a student teacher in 5th grade. This would be awesome to share with them as a fun activity. Does anyone know if it could be used as a mini lesson for something? Any ideas on how to make it 5th grade appropriate or not so challenging?

Samantha Evans
Samantha Evans
270 Activity Points

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