One of the biggest challenges we face engaging middle school students is connecting them with hands on learning. Add the hybrid nature of the Covid classroom and it becomes difficult to envision a class where exploration flourishes. In this post I would like to share one of my favorite hands on learning resources for the Middle School Classroom.
TOPS Learning Systems was created by Ronald Jay Marson. His experience was gained by teaching science and math in the West Africa as a Peace Corps. With this experience he learned to make do with limited resources. I like his resources because they don't require complex materials, paper clips and tape goes a long way. Adding his low tech materials in physical classes while pairing with dynamic online content is the perfect way to help your kids grow and learn.
For example: This week we are exploring cell respiration and energy production in cells. Using our Cell Respiration materials, we had students do a simple calorie calculation lab using a bowl of water. Students could determine how many calories were used in heating a container of water with their hands. This idea helped us make a connection between cell respiration, mitochondria, calories and heat.
Please be sure to check out Mr. Marson offerings, they can be downloaded in digital forms along with the freebies in class. We have no affiliation with his products, but wanted to pass along a good resources
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