Flashcards – print out and glue onto index cards (pdf)
each student made their own set to keep
Index cards with rock IDs on them
1 set per lab table
12 plates with rock IDs
additional plates: 1 set per table if not using index cards
Students will learn to identify & categorize 12 common rocks samples during this multi-day lesson. To introduce the unit, students are given the foundation of how rocks form and the three types of rocks: Igneous, Metamorphic, and Sedimentary.
Working with a partner and/or in small groups, they will research, handle, and compare the rock specimens and take careful notes at the different stations. Once their research is done, they will practice identifying the rock samples by creating and teaching each other different games using the rocks samples.
Some games the students played are:
Sort the rocks into 3 piles: I, S, or M, who can do it the fastest?
2 students are given 6 rocks each to find and sort from the pile of 12
can you find it? Name a rock and pick it from the pile
Match the rock samples to the name of the rock
Mis-match some of the rocks with their ID cards, can you figure out which ones are incorrect?
Rock Quiz – creating questions from the index cards
Which rock is the only intrusive igneous rock?
Which rock floats on water?
Which one used to be limestone?
For more lessons related to Rocks & Minerals, be sure to visit my Earth Science Page (link).
Will your species survive for a million years? Will it survive a viral outbreak, meteorite impacts, predators, temperature changes, and changes in food sources?
In this natural selection simulation, students will choose 3 individuals as their starter population. What traits do they think will increase the chances of survival for their species? Long legs? Long necks? Stripes? Furry or bulky bodies? Only time will tell!
My 6th graders enjoyed playing this game and many were much more successful than I was 🙂
“Pour to Score” is an interactive website created by PBS. The objective of the game is to pour the water between the larger container and the smaller container to create 8 different volumes of water.
At first glance, it may seem like an easy exercise in addition and subtraction, but it requires problem solving skills, logic, and patience. My 5th graders have enjoyed using this game as part of our volume unit. Some students will figure out the pattern quickly, and advance to the next few levels, while for others, it will require trial and error, and perseverance.
This classic interactive website is a great way to practice identifying acidic, basic, and neutral substances along with reading pH values. There are three different levels which increase in difficulty as the students complete each activity.
Challenge 1 – students have to identify and categorize the different ‘juices’ that they will serve to the aliens as either Acids, Bases, or Neutral.
Challenge 2 – students will practice serving requested juices to aliens, but if they serve a juice from the wrong category, aliens can become sick, or worse!
Challenge 3 – students have to change the pH values of the juices on the tray by either adding acids or bases to raise or lower the pH values.
I have a handout with instructions for the students to record their progress (worksheet)
Please note that the updated link is located at: (updated 3/4/18)
I used this hands-on activity as a review/reinforcement with my 7th graders and it really helped them understand the different blood types, about blood donation, and basic Punnett Squares. Plus they had fun playing the games and making up their own games.
All of the instructions and different games to play are explained in the handout. Some examples are: Who can donate? Punnett Square Practice, Identification, Memory, and Matching.
Other ways to use the cards:
Flashcards – Students can print their own at home and use them to study
You can set up a station/rotation to play the games as they are, or as ‘make your own’ game stations. Or a combination of both. Place one game at each station and have the students rotate every 7-10 minutes (see below for logistics)
Rotation Directions – students will rotate from table to table and learn to play the game at each station
Need a group of 4 students at each station.
When it is time to rotate, only 2 go to the next station, and 2 stay.
The 2 that stay are the experts on that game.
The 2 experts teach the 2 novices how to play when they rotate to the table.
When it is time to rotate, the 2 experts who stayed go to the next group, and the novices are now the experts and teach the 2 new novices that came to the station.
Quiz-Quiz Trade –
give each student a RBC card and have them identify it, then trade
give each student a blood-type card and ask for the genotype (ie AA or AO)
Or mix both decks and play both games
Find your Partner –
give half or your class Blood Type Cards and the other half of the class RBC cards and have them find the matching set
Interactive Links for further practice
Blood Typing Game – can you make the right choice? (link)
Are you my blood type? can you find the donor? (link)
Emergency Room – figure out the blood type and correct transfusion (link)
I always like to have puzzles handy for students to work on when they have finished their classwork, or if they completed a test and are waiting for other students to finish, or just for fun!
I have 72 science themed scramble puzzles (Scrabble-like) based on Physical and Earth Science vocabulary words. There is a Master List that shows all the words and which number puzzle it is. Each file is saved as the answer, too. Students can make 3, 4, 5, and 6 letter words and calculate their scores based on the letter values within each word they find. There is one 7 letter science word answer for each puzzle.