Help with 7th grade science!!

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  1. deedee

    deedee Connoisseur

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    I'm am currently a student teacher and just finished my first grade rotation. Now I am in a Middle school (7th grade) and am trying to come up with creative things to do with them, (I only have elementary stuff) If anyone has any suggestion I am all ears! :) Here are some of the upcomming topics- evolution,classification,protists. Thanks
     
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  3. eduk8

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    Classification

    One way to introduce classification is to discuss Carl Linnaeus - the "inventor" of the binomial nomenclature (good quick background here ). One interesting tidbit that might inspire students is that Carl was a very organized man, and really wanted to bring order to the world (hence his fascination with correctly classifying and naming everything) and he liked his classification system so much, he renamed himself Carolus Linnaeus - because that sounded more like a proper scientific name. So, when introducing the topic, encourage students to come up with their own "scientific proper name" - written correctly of course (Carolus linnaeus). Another good classification activity is to allow the students to develop their own dichotomous key to separate some common household items (like a bucket of various nuts, nails & bolts - or any other combination of random items which can be separated out). This activity should be after they've learned about the different levels of classification (kindgdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species) - so they can come up with their own names for hardware Kingdoms, phylums, etc, all the way down to the scientific names.

    Finally, if you good at speaking fast, you might try repeating Kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species as fast as possible - then challenge the students to repeat the heirarchy faster than you. My seventh grade teacher did this, and though I didn't beat her (a few students did), I did always remember the order of classification - much better than those who always tried to rely on mnemonics.

    hope those are a few helps (email me if you want any other ideas - I'm getting ready for my first year of teaching seventh grade life science next year, and my mother is a 35 year veteran teacher of seventh grade science - so, I've got a few ideas on a myriad of topics :) )
     
  4. Redfoxlovesdogs

    Redfoxlovesdogs New Member

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    I know this is super old but I know every scientific name there is except for one BIRDS I can't memorize the scientific name of them
     

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