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Pre Service Teacher
As a Pre Service middle childhood education student, I am trying to come up with new and creative ways to get kids interested in science. The school in which I am doing my field experience in happens to be my old middle school and the teacher I had in seventh and eighth grade. From what I can tell, the structure of class and experiments are very much like the ones I did in this teacher's class. I want to be able to provide some differentiation from the 'norm' and would love any tools, ideas, previous lessons plans, anything. I know that every student will be different, but I want to inspire them all to take interest in what they are learning and to better understand the world they live in.
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I'm an elementary teacher and I am not sure if you teach all content strands of science or specific areas in middle school. There are so many resources here. You can choose the "Explore All Resources" button at the top and refine your search. You can go to http://ngss.nsta.org/
and search the classroom resources that are aligned with NGSS. NSTA Members post links on different forums that are worth your time to check out. If you specify what type of experiment you are looking for, you will get some great lessons that people are happy to share.
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Hands on, minds on science is the way to go! Activities that make students think, give them choices and encourage them to question and explore are things to work toward. STEM is one way to get students active and use their imaginations. I made up a collection here that you might be interested in: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/mylibrary/collection.aspx?id=pR1S8giP8DE_E
Check out resources that NSTA have listed.
The fact that you're looking to make things different in your class is a great start!
Hope this helps!
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I love to use discrepant events to help engage students' minds as they investigate science concepts. There are gobs of discrepant event ideas in the Learning Center. As Pamela mentioned, you can do an "Explore All Resources". There is also at least one discussion thread on DEs that you might find helpful to read through :http://learningcenter.nsta.org/discuss/default.aspx?tid=atlUcv3cX6A_E#75659
You can use DEs in all areas of a lesson plan - Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, OR Evaluate. It just depends on the lesson. No matter where I place it in my lesson, the students are extra excited about their learning. A DE is most often used as the Engagement, though.
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