Daily questions, brainbusters, warm-ups, whatever you call it, the first few minutes of class sets the tone for the rest of the day. Here you will find popular video clips on a variety of topics, all intended to get your students excited about science.
This is the craziest video!! This was on the NSTA website. Here is their summary of it-
This is an advertisement for a brand of truck, but it is also an excellent way to introduce relative motion. The two trucks, the rope, and the high-liner are all moving relative to the ground, but not moving relative to each other. To fully describe motion, it is essential clearly state your "frame of reference" so that others will know what "zero velocity" actually means.
Daily Question- What is relative motion? What is her velocity relative to the ground? Relative to the truck? Relative the the wire?
If you are not familiar with TED you must check this out. TED is a collection of short lectures from some of the greatest minds of today. In their words, "Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world". The following link will take you to TED Ed which covers several subjects.
This video gives a nice history of the early theories of the elements and the periodic table.
Daily Questions: Who organized the periodic table in the format we use today?
Although this is a little advanced for most middle schoolers, the idea of sound traveling in longitudinal waves is beautifully displayed using fire and music. He mentions rarefaction and compression in the first couple of minutes. After that it gets complicated quickly.
Daily question: Define rarefraction and compression. Draw a picture and label each.
One of my students first brought this to me and I love it. I don't spend nearly as much time on Rube Goldberg as I would like, but I always introduce him and check out a few of his original designs with my students when we start simple machines.
Daily question- List as many simple machines as you can in this clip.
This video shows the usual encounter between Wiley Coyotoe and the Roadrunner but includes kinetic and potential energy labels. I haven't tried it yet, but I would like to have students make their own videos and caption it with kinetic and potential energy. Let me know if you have tried something like this, I would love to know what software/app you used.
Daily Question: What is kinetic energy? Potential energy?
This is a great resource from NBC. All of these videos are extremely high quality and well done. The subjects vary and include kinematics, velocity, density and friction. I am going to included a couple of my favorite videos with daily questions, but I highly recommend this whole site. It is worth taking a closer look at.
The students love these videos. Parkour is a popular form of urban sport where a person must get from one point to another in a creative and fast manner. Whenever I show the Parkour video I also show the fails video. The professionals make it look so easy, the fails bring kids back to reality and I think it is less likely for students to Parkour down the hallways and stairs. The music is very hip hop and may not be appropriate for everyone, you may want to mute it. As always with You Tube, you need to check the area around the video for inappropriate ads.
Daily question: What are the four types of friction? What type of friction do the runners use to stay on the walls or bars? During the fails video what the of friction is causing the injuries?
I like a lot of the Steve Spangler videos, but this has to be my all time favorite. It takes the can crushing demo to a whole new level. He crushes 55 gallon drums! It has the can demo at the beginning so show this after any in class demo. You don't want him stealing your thunder. This video is 14 minutes long. I think it is worth the class time, but if you want a shorted clip the link to a 2 minute video is below.
Draw a picture of the forces acting on this can. Draw a picture of the molecules in the can before the warm water and after.
This is one of my favorite clips. It is a behind the scean look at the Squirel Suit or Wing Suit jumpers, jumping off the Sears Tower in Chicago. This is a great clip for gravity, air resistance or fluid friction.
Daily Question: Draw one of the jumpers and label the forces. Include the words, gravity, air resistance, fluid friction and awesome.