Food Chains and Food Webs Lesson Plans for Middle School

What do your food chains and food webs lesson plans look like? During my food chain unit last year, I tried to introduce interdependence by asking what would happen to the other organisms in a food web if one animal in the food web decreased suddenly due to disease.  “The other animals would catch theContinue reading “Food Chains and Food Webs Lesson Plans for Middle School”

Fun Test Prep Ideas that don’t feel like Test Prep

You’ve finished a unit and the test is on the calendar. Some students are hyper-vigilant – overwhelmingly anxious and frantic. Others are totally indifferent – “What test?” they ask casually. Either way, you don’t have the time to create fun and interesting test prep activities – you’ve still got that last set of labs toContinue reading “Fun Test Prep Ideas that don’t feel like Test Prep”

Sketch Notes for Middle School Science

What are Sketch Notes? Sketch  Notes are a form of visual note-taking that combines words and images to create a visually engaging and memorable representation of information. They have become increasingly popular in recent years as a tool to help students better understand and retain information. This is especially true in middle school science, whereContinue reading “Sketch Notes for Middle School Science”

Science as Entertainment

Science is an exciting and ever-evolving field that covers a vast range of topics. It can be challenging to keep up with the latest scientific discoveries and developments, but fortunately, there are many excellent science-based podcasts available that offer informative and entertaining content.  Podcasts have become a popular medium for learning, entertainment, and storytelling. TheyContinue reading “Science as Entertainment”

How to teach Limiting Factors and Carrying Capacity in Middle School

Middle schoolers sometimes have a small view of the world. Teaching limiting factors and carrying capacity in middle school helps students see the bigger picture of interactions. Exposing them to the ways that different species interact is a good start to helping them become better citizens and informed users of resources. What are limiting factorsContinue reading “How to teach Limiting Factors and Carrying Capacity in Middle School”

Using Tarsia Puzzles in Middle School Science

  What are tarsia puzzles Tarsia puzzles are a versatile and engaging tool for teaching science to middle school students. They provide a hands-on approach to learning and help students understand complex concepts in a fun and interactive way. In this blog post, we will explore the use of tarsia puzzles in 7th grade science classes andContinue reading “Using Tarsia Puzzles in Middle School Science”

Women in Science Resources for Middle Schoolers

Throughout history, women have made significant contributions to the field of science. Despite facing discrimination and obstacles, these women have broken down barriers and paved the way for future generations of female scientists. March is Women’s History Month and what better time to celebrate the women who have made science history! Rosalind Franklin Rosalind FranklinContinue reading “Women in Science Resources for Middle Schoolers”

Digital Word Search Puzzles

When I was a child, my grandmother bought me a word search book and I would spend hours finding words and getting lost in the puzzle. As I grew older, I discovered the world of digital word search puzzles and I’ve never looked back. Benefits of Digital Word Search Puzzles in middle school But itContinue reading “Digital Word Search Puzzles”

What is March Mammal Madness?

A few years ago, right at the end of the winter blues, I discovered March Mammal Madness. March Mammal Madness (MMM) is a popular educational activity for middle and high school science classes. It is a bracket-style competition that is modeled after the NCAA basketball tournament and is used to teach students about different mammalContinue reading “What is March Mammal Madness?”

Valentine’s Day Science Activities for Middle Schoolers

Do your seventh graders cast longing glances at each other, giggle without warning, and whisper in the halls? It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and, while love might not be on full display in the halls of my middle school, there’s a little bit of romance brewing here and there. I like to use whatever my studentsContinue reading “Valentine’s Day Science Activities for Middle Schoolers”