The ImagineIT Rock Cycle Project using the Stop Motion Studio app turned out to be a great way for students to showcase their understanding of the processes involved in the rock cycle. Currently, we are finishing up our work on our ImagineIT fossil inquiry. Student pairs selected an unknown fossil and used books and our new Chromebooks to research information about what the fossil organism was when it was alive. I set up Google classroom for each of my science periods and shared a slide template with students which they were able to use to share their findings about their fossil.
Our next unit is the Plate Tectonic unit. Since we used the stop motion app for the rock cycle project, I am toying around with different ideas for the ImagineIT Plate Motion project. BrainPOP is starting a new feature for movie-making that I am interested in exploring, but am not sure when it is going to be released. I am also considering using flash animation to create simulations of plate movement. That project should be ready to roll out in March.
The Weather and Atmosphere unit will feature an ImagineIT Water Cycle project. I plan to have student groups create a song and/or dance that explains the processes in the water cycle. Students will be encouraged to use body motions and props. Finished projects will be filmed and shared by May.
In the past, my school has had an Inquiry Extravaganza where students showcase their science learning. It would be amazing if all of our middle school students were able to showcase their work by sharing their ImagineIT projects with the school community!
Below is a projected timeline of events.
ImagineIT Update 3/04/17