A force for learning: Jr. high students share science skills

Margaret Hurlbert
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Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa-As an old saying goes, if you want to really understand something, you must teach it to someone else. At the end of October, students from Susan Clark Junior High School got the opportunity to do just that by hosting a mini carnival for fourth and fifth grade students at McKinley Elementary School.

An idea thought up by the seventh grade science teachers, seventh grade students created several different types of carnival games to play with the younger students to show how forces in motion work. For example, McKinley fifth grade teacher Eric Yerington explained that by using a colorful bowling game, the seventh grade students, “talked about forces and motion and how each action creates an equal and opposition reaction, so, for example, when the ball hits the pins it makes them fall and they can hit others which creates a chain reaction.” Other games used scenarios such as launching a ball into a cup to explore aiming a force for a desired result.

A pleasant experience for both the older and younger students, Yerington saw the collaboration as an excellent opportunity for the fourth and fifth graders to get a preview of what they will learn in just a few short years and also start getting excited for the teachers and opportunities they will have when they reach junior high school: “For one, they can see how the older students are putting learning into action. They also get to see things they will be doing later. Also, they were able to meet some of the science teachers they will have later on.” Additionally, many of the students liked the chance to work with older sibling and friends, creating a positive social learning experience for all of the students involved.

Susan Clark students setting up some of the carnival games they made for science in the McKinley Elementary School Library. Photo courtesy Muscatine Community School District.

Though students in Yerington’s fifth grade class have not yet started studying forces or motion, as their main units focus on ecosystems, matter, and space, he appreciated the chance for students to investigate a wider STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) topic that will help them tie what they learn in class now to additional topics later in their education.

With students getting to have positive interactions with older children, discover science concepts they may not yet have encountered, and have fun together, Yerington saw the collaboration with the Junior High School classes as beneficial and would like to find more ways the two schools can work together later. “I think it is a great idea and hope there are more opportunities in the future,” he stated. “I think it’s beneficial for both our students and those from SCJH.”

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