My 7th-grade scientists are enthusiastic, passionate young people who are committed to their personal and academic growth. Each day their questions ranging from "Is the universe infinite?" to "Where does our drinking water come from?", show me how driven they are to build their understanding of the natural world.
Our school, located in the poorest Congressional district in the country, is in need of many resources that would support our students in their learning.
That is why your help would be immensely appreciated!
In our next unit, students will be working towards understanding complex processes that cause geological activity on Earth.
The use of physical models in science is vital to understanding real world phenomena!
The 11x17 paper will help students create a scale model of the Earth's interior. The Oreos will help them to model and understand what happens at tectonic plate boundaries. The Alka Seltzer tablets, food coloring, and vegetable oil will be used in a thermal convection model. This model will allow students to visualize the convection currents that occur in the mantle due to density differences. Furthermore, this will allow students to explain what drives plate tectonics!
Not only will the materials help them build their understanding of the natural world, but they will also help make our classroom a fun, engaging learning environment.
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