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Convergent, Divergent, and Transform Plate Boundaries - a Hands - on Lab for Middle School

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My latest lab that I did with my 8th graders was Plate Tectonics. They have to study convergent, divergent, and transform boundaries. They also need to know what events happen at each boundary. This lab is the perfect way to learn it, show it, and get messy! To prepare for this lab each student will need the following materials.
Materials: Plate Two full graham crackers broken in half Cool whip Paper towels/baby wipes for easy clean up ** I like to put a little bit of red and orange food dye in the cool whip. This helps to make it look more like the mantle.
For the lab, each plate needs to have the cool whip spread across the plate. (smaller plates will be easier and cheaper). The cool whip will represent the mantle and the graham crackers will represent continental and oceanic crust. Then the student’s will slide the crackers around on top of the cool whip to represent each plate boundary.
During the lab the students will model a transform boundary by rubbing the crackers together. Then…

My New Favorite Book

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I have discovered a favorite teacher item already this year! I am a huge #targetteacher, but I also love Amazon. The items below are my favorites currently on Amazon, and I have included affiliate links to take you straight to each item.



 If you follow me on Instagram, you probably have seen me raving about Everything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide (Big Fat Notebooks). I highly recommend this book. If you teach middle school, you need to get the book that targets your subject. I teach 7th and 8th grade science, and it covers everything that I teach for both grades. A huge teacher plus, is this  book allows you to re-copy for classroom distribution. The content is put together, and flows, beautifully. Plus, the pages have great eye appeal! Each section also has a short assessment page at the end. Click the images below to check out the one for your content on Amazon.



How To Do Classroom Transformations

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"Good Morning, Dr Kennedy!" "Good Morning, Doctors!" That is how we greet each other during human body labs week, when my classroom becomes a hospital.  I love classroom transformations, and they don't have to be expensive. Students love classroom transformations, and they stay engaged. I like to do one new transformation a year. Then, I keep the supplies to reuse. I am only on my third year of teaching. So, it's time to make a new one. My next one is planned for ecology. Check out my two previous classroom transformations below. (I have included affiliate links to the supplies I use.)

My first classroom transformation was Human Body Hospital Labs. My 7th graders have to learn about the human body systems, and diseases. After studying the information, I transform the lab for investigations. I cover the lab tables with white plastic table cloths from Amazon. Then I splash the cloths with a little bit of red paint. This helps to set the scene of an emergency…