Simple Machine Science Centersby: Debby Chessin

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One solution to the common challenge of teaching physical science for teachers who are not confident with the subject matter or comfortable with the material is inquiry based science centers. Science centers can engage students; accommodate different learning styles and individual interests; help students become independent and confident learners; and encourage social skills among students. One third-grade teacher worked with students as they completed activities at learning centers during a week-long unit on simple machines.

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  • on Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:58 PM

Eventhough the article is written for elementary students, I believe that a few tweaks in the questions asked is all that is needed to make it interesting and challenging for middle school students.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)

  • on Tue May 03, 2011 10:21 AM

This article outlines what is needed for two science centers about simple machines. Specifically it addresses levers and inclined planes. Each center employs a 6-E model of learning. The 6th E is called “E-Search” which utilizes technology to enhance learning. The author provides a list of materials for each center, a description of what students do and a worksheet for each as well. Even though this article is for elementary students I feel that middles school students would also benefit from doing these simple activities as an introduction to a deeper learning experience that is more grade appropriate.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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