This video shows students involved in an activity in which they are pushing a chair with a weak, medium, and strong force, and using arrows to represent the size and direction of a force. [3:11]
In this video, students experiment with several moving objects and describe their initial ideas about what causes objects to start to move. [3:14]
This video shows a teacher supporting students in summarizing and synthesizing their ideas after experimenting with moving objects. [2:41]
BSCS Science Learning has developed this resource to help students, parents, and teachers get away from technology and formal learning and spend some time connecting with nature. Included are links to resources about the benefits of spending time in nature, and recommended activities to enjoy in the outdoors.
BSCS Middle School Science is a standards and inquiry-based program comprised of four units: Earth/Space Science, Life Science, Physical Science, and Science and Society. The curriculum is available free online for teachers.
The BSCS Seminar Series brings distinguished speakers to share ideas and present their latest work to our community conversations. Click the links to find information about speakers and links to their talks.
Videos of science classrooms provide opportunities for a rich analysis of classroom instruction, teacher moves, and student thinking. BSCS Videoverse takes you inside classrooms with a growing collection of 2-20 minute video clips spanning a variety of topics. Many videos also come with associated resources, including transcripts with context for the video content, lesson plans, student handouts, and other teaching materials.
In this video, first-grade students use a variety of sound makers to make noise (e.g.; clucker, voices, and tuning fork) and look for evidence that something is vibrating to make a sound. [6:07]
In this inquiry, students predict the best place to stargaze in Arizona based on the brightness of the night sky. Students are introduced to the concept of light pollution and Globe at Night, a global citizen science project in which volunteers monitor limiting magnitude, a measure of night sky brightness. Click on teacher resources for teaching guides and handouts.
Invitations to Inquiry are short instructional activities designed to help middle and high school students work with large data sets. Teachers and students use the interactive FieldScope platform to collect, visualize, and analyze environmental data. With these new Inquiries, students can explore FieldScope's advanced mapping and graphing tools to dig deeper into data in the context of meaningful science classroom lessons.
In this interactive, students look at actual endoscopic images from a healthy person and from a patient, the patient presented in the unit. They take a tour of the digestive system stopping at different points to look at images.
Students are immersed in an online environment that challenges them to solve the medical mystery: "What's Wrong with M'Kenna?" This resource includes the complete middle school science curriculum unit, a teacher's guide, and an online professional learning course.
My school has shut down due to the coronavirus. What do I do now? BSCS Science Learning is here to help teachers during these unsure times. They have consolidated online resources to help you easily find programs, units, and more!
Restoring Ea is a place-based middle school science unit exploring management strategies that could be used for the Loko ea fishpond to sustainably feed people and ensure the ecosystem is healthy and pono (balanced). While specifically designed for seventh-grade teachers and students in central O'ahu, Restoring Ea could be adapted and used by middle school teachers across the country who are looking to engage their students in meaningful, next-generation science learning.
After learning about the role of oysters in an estuary ecosystem and a population decline that oysters have faced over time from overharvesting and pollution, students work with data to determine where are ideal sites for restoring oyster populations. Click the link for teacher resources such as a teacher guide and student handouts.