Tag: middle school

Home Grown Crystal Experiment

Learn how to grow your own crystals at home with this fun hands-on experiment! There are many different kinds of crystals you can grow, and here I will show you how to grow blue copper sulfate crystals.

The recipe for this experiment comes from Graham’s How-to Guides. If you want to check out how to grow other kinds of crystals, check out this page here.

Grades: 3-5, 6-8

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Greenhouse Gas Simulation

The impact that greenhouse gases have on the earth cannot be understated. Giving your students a hands-on experiment can be a great way to help them understand the impact that pollution has on global temperatures. Share a fun and engaging experiment that will demonstrate the concept of greenhouse gases and the effect they have on earth’s temperatures.

This activity comes from The American Association of Chemistry Teachers.

Grades: 6-8, 9-12

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Interactive Plate Tectonics

Explore the dynamics of plate tectonics with this engaging interactive map and give your students the opportunity to work with data and mapping. This digital map created by Earth Science Geoinquiries provides a great resource that visualizes plate boundaries around the world and the geological impact of those boundaries.

Grades: 4-8, 9-12

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Owl Pellet Dissection Guide

Get a close hands-on look at an ecosystem in the palm of your hands. Explore the predator-prey relationships with owl pellets and give your students a memorable learning experience!

This article will include everything you need to prepare and carry out a successful owl pellet dissection lab.

Grades: 3-5, 6-8

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Homemade Barometer

Show your students how meteorologists measure atmospheric pressure with this homemade barometer. This simple and quick activity will give your students the opportunity to simulate the ways that atmospheric data is collected in the real world.

The Southeast Regional Climate Center provides great and easy instructions that you can use in your own weather and climate lessons.

Grades: 6-8

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Homemade Seismometer

Show your students how scientists collect earthquake data and give them the opportunity to collect their own scientific data! This old-school video by PBS Learning Media shows you how to make your own homemade seismometer that demonstrates the concept behind the scientific instrument and how it collects earthquake data.

In this article you’ll learn the steps to build a homemade seismometer with your students.

Grades: 6-8

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The Reasons For the Seasons

Need a fun way to incorporate some physical activity in your weather & earth systems lessons? The Reasons of the Seasons created by M. J. Krech gives your students an engaging and active way to learn about the earth’s seasons.

Students will physically demonstrate the tilt and orbit of the earth in order to understand the conditions that create our seasons on earth.

Grades: 6-8

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