Engaging Middle School STEM Classroom Resources
Engaging Middle School STEM Classroom Resources
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by Andilynn Feddeler

Teachers looking to elevate the middle school STEM classroom can find engaging experiments and activities in these in-depth resources. These supplementary classroom materials encourage critical thinking and engage students in problem solving like real-world scientists.

  • Hands-On Physical Science: Authentic Learning Experiences That Engage Students in STEM (2nd ed., Grades 6–8) immerses students in the world of real-life chemists and physicists. From examining Newton’s laws using sports video clips to studying energy through the design and building of roller coasters, students will not just learn about physical science—they will be scientists!

  • 10 Performance-Based STEM Projects for Grades 6–8 provides 10 ready-made projects designed to help students achieve higher levels of thinking and develop 21st-century skills while learning about science, technology, engineering, and math. Projects are aligned to national standards and feature crosscurricular connections, allowing students to explore and be creative as well as gain an enduring understanding. 

  • CSI Expert!: Forensic Science for Kids (Grades 5–8) includes more than 25 in-depth activities on fingerprinting, evidence collection, blood-stain identification, forensic careers, ballistics, and much more. Each lesson includes a realistic case for students to crack using the knowledge they’ve learned about analyzing forensic evidence, and the book also includes an assessment assignment that teachers can employ to test their students’ learning.

  • Science Sleuths: Solving Mysteries Using Scientific Inquiry (Grades 6–9) merges science and literacy, requiring students to be critical and active readers as they conduct their investigations. Students will solve fun mysteries using science skills, sort through evidence to develop hypotheses, and use critical thinking to identify the suspect.