At the end of every day, my 8th grade scholars eye the set of microscopes kept at the front of the room. I am bombarded with questions, “Ms. Pradhan, can we use the microscopes tomorrow? Can we look at things from the lake under the microscopes?” My scholars can’t wait to start using lab equipment and I am just as excited for them to explore and engage in the world of science.
This is the first year the 8th grade scholars have science class.
As they move through their first lesson, “Introduction to Science,” they have already started to express the skills and attitudes of scientists. My scholars are creative, curious, open-minded, and analytical. From chemistry experiments to determining their carbon footprint, my 8th graders are eager to delve further into the curriculum.
One set of microscopes is simply not enough to immerse my scholars in science; they need basic lab materials. Most of my scholars come from low-income households, which should not hinder their experience in a STEM classroom. I am determined to give them a science class experience that will push them to pursue STEM in high school, college, and in their careers.
As we move into the life sciences unit, my 8th grade scholars can't wait to start using the microscopes. Because this is the first year my students have had a science class, they have missed out on essential scientific knowledge. My students should have learned about mitosis in the 7th grade, but the majority of them have never heard of it.
With mitosis and meiosis microscope slides, my students will be able to learn about cell division by seeing it occur in real cells.
Not only will these slides help my scholars catch up on information they missed, but they will also help my scholars master the 8th grade meiosis standard.
As part of our study in life sciences, I will also be teaching heredity. PTC paper will be an engaging way to introduce recessive and dominant traits!
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