Middle Science Activities (Grades 6-8)

Middle Science Activities (Grades 6-8)
Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Understands that quality of life is relevant to personal experience.
Knows the positive and negative consequences of human action on the Earth’s systems.

Basic thinking tool: Brainstorming

A “Buggy” Situation

Understands that biological adaptations include changes in structures, behaviors, or physiology that enhance reproductive success in a particular environment.

Basic thinking tool: SCAMPER

Fun With Fuel

Recognizes that energy may be changed in form with varying efficiency.
Understands that the motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion, and speed.
Understands that the types of force that act on an object and the effect of that force can be described, measured, and predicted.

Basic thinking tool: Morphological Matrix

Habitat Comparisons

Recognizes that biological adaptations include changes in structures, behaviors, or physiology that enhance success in a particular environment.
Understands that biotic and abiotic factors are interrelated and that if factors are changed or removed, it impacts the availability of resources within the system.
Uses the scientific processes and habits of mind to solve a problem.

Basic thinking tool: Paired Comparisons

Earth Friends

Understands that all biotic and abiotic factors are interrelated and that if one factor is changed or removed, it impacts the availability of other resources within the system.
Understands that humans are a part of an ecosystem and their activities may deliberately or inadvertently alter the equilibrium in ecosystems.

Basic thinking tool: Evaluation Matrix

SpeciesScape

Understands that the classification of living things is based on a given set of criteria and is a tool for understanding biodiversity and interrelationships.
Understands that humans are a part of an ecosystem and that their activities may deliberately or inadvertently alter the equilibrium in ecosystems.

Basic thinking tool: Sequencing SML

Walky Talky Tech

Understands the nature and use of different forms of technology.
Understands the nature of technological design.
Understands the relationship among science, technology, society and the individual.
Benchmark: Knows that new inventions reflect people’s needs and wants, and when these change, technology changes to reflect the new needs and wants

Basic thinking tool: Force-Fitting

Crazy Craters

Understands forces and motion.
Benchmark: Understands general concepts related to gravitational force (e.g., every object exerts gravitational force on every other object; this force depends on the mass of the objects and their distance from one another; gravitational force is hard to detect unless at least one of the objects, such as the Earth, has a lot of mass).
Understand the nature of scientific knowledge.
Benchmark: Knows that different models can be used to represent the same thing    and the same model can represent different things; the kind and complexity of the    model should depend on its purpose.

Basic thinking tool: Attribute Listing

Just a Bunch of Garbage

Understands the structure and properties of matter.  Knows that substances react chemically in characteristic ways with other substances to form new substances (compounds) with different characteristic properties.
Understands the nature of scientific inquiry.  Knows that there is no fixed procedure called "the scientific method," but that investigations involve systematic observations, carefully collected, relevant evidence, logical reasoning, and some imagination in developing hypotheses and explanations.

Basic thinking tool: ALoU

In Good Taste

Understands relationships among organisms and their physical environment
Understands the nature of scientific knowledge.
Benchmark: Knows that all scientific ideas are tentative and subject to change and improvement in principle, but for most core ideas in science, there is much experimental and observational confirmation.
Knows how to maintain and promote personal health.
Benchmark: Knows how health is influenced by the interaction of body systems.

Basic thinking tool: Hits and Hot Spots

Middle Science Activities (Grades 6-8) - 10-Pack

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