I love the opportunity science class provides to get students involved in hands-on activities and engaged in inquiry-based projects. Here are some samples of the activities/projects I have done with my class.
Science Podcast Assignment – This was a fantastic project to finish up our ecosystems unit. Students listened to some examples of podcasts, then researched an animal, planned, and created their own podcast
3D model Cells and Systems – Students created their own 3D model of a system from the body using whatever material they chose.
Water Filtration Device Project – A project where students explored the growing shortage of drinkable water especially in third world countries and then designed and built their own working water filtration device.
Planet Earth Geological Inquiry – Students explore the world of geology by completing a researched based inquiry project about any geological feature/event.
Survival Handbook – A great activity where students planned for a “worst case scenario” by creating a survival handbook to help someone survive a natural disaster.
Heat and Temperature Thermos Project – Student’s are tasked with using their knowledge of conduction, convection, and radiation to design and build a device that will keep boiling water hot for as long as possible.
When teaching math, I believe in connecting learned concepts to real-world problems to make math class authentic and meaningful. Students must first have a strong understanding of the basic concepts before applying their knowledge to more complex problems. I achieve this by first identifying gaps in knowledge and then teaching to fill those gaps with conceptual understanding and accurate terminology. We practice using a variety of styles and tools so that students get an opportunity to learn in a way that suits them. We’ve used worksheets, mental math apps, websites like math IXL, and math “centers”. While typically used at the elementary level, we found that by utilizing the “centers” style of learning, students could get targeted practice at specific skills so they could easily identify which areas they needed further support in. All of this practice had the purpose of developing a “toolbox” of skills to help students solve more complex problems later on. Once equipped with the knowledge and understanding of each math topic, students then applied their understanding to real-life challenge. Linked below is a variety of different assessments used for math.
Stock Trading Assignment – An assignment where students learned about the stock market, researched stocks and bought their own using fake money. The purpose was to practice multiplication, division, addition, and subtraction of fractions and decimals while participating in a real-world challenge.
Statistics and Data Analysis Project – A project where students obtain a set of data by either designing their own survey or by finding a data set online.
Fencing a Field Problem – A project where students use google earth to apply their understanding of linear equations to design and find the cost to fence a field.
Circles and Area Final Project – A project where students build a 3-D model of a house and then calculate the area of the shapes contained in that structure -parallelograms/ triangles/circles
Prisms Final Project – A project where students create a 3-D model of any structure using the TinkerCAD website and then calculate the combined area and volume of their shape.
Rate Ratio and Percent Project – A project where students choose to either “fill up their first apartment” or “plan a vacation” which includes calculating prices, taxes, percentages of cost breakdown etc.