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Tides Activities for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of tides. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Tides 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Tides Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.

The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.

After completing the Tides 5E lesson, students will be able to describe the position of the Earth, Sun, and Moon during spring and neap tides, they will also be able to describe how gravity impacts the tides.

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The Tides Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.

Students will use high and low tide data for one lunar month and determine the Moon phases that correlate with spring and neap tides.

The Tides Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and a CER conclusion.

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Year-Round Resources

These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics. All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Visual Data & Graphing

You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.

Bell Ringers and Warm-Ups

These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.

Review Board Games

Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.

Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.

Essential Questions and Standards

Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the tides unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • Can you describe how the position of the Sun, Earth, and Moon causes tides?
  • Can you describe the characteristics of spring and neap tides?
  • TEKS Science 8.7 C - Relate the positions of the Moon and Sun to their effect on ocean tides

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