I believe that science is a subject that needs to be experienced rather than just read about in a textbook, so I provide my students with as many opportunities as possible to engage in hands-on science exploration. Activity stations are engaging tools for promoting collaboration and communication.
I created these SOUND ENERGY STATIONS to launch our energy unit.
The 5 activities are engaging for students and easy for you, the teacher, to set up. The required materials are items you are sure to have in your classroom already, with the possible exception of tuning forks. Don’t panic, though! Your school’s music department probably has some that you can borrow. If not, here’s an affordable option from Nasco.
I usually divide my class into 5 groups and have the groups cycle through the stations, but you may choose to have students work in pairs or individually. I aim to provide enough materials so that each student in the group has his/her own and students are not standing around waiting for their turn.
After all the stations have been completed, I have the students read the included topic notes before they fill out the reflection sheet. This allows me to determine if they can make connections between the theory and the practical applications. They are encouraged to discuss their thinking with their partners/group members, but I require individual reflections so I can assess each student’s understanding. I always end the lesson with a class discussion so I can clear up any misconceptions they may have and ensure that they understand the topic.
I’ll leave you with this word of warning: Your classroom will be noisy, but the students will be engaged!
~ The Dollhouse Collector