Three Reasons Why Your Science Review Games Might Not Be Effective

I used to play classroom Jeopardy as a science review game before I realized I was doing it all wrong. I want to share with you three truths about why my science review games needed a complete overhaul. More importantly, I’ll give you some suggestions on how to improve your students’ participation and ultimately improve their test scores. I uncovered … Read More

What order do you teach the Kesler Science 5E lessons?

I receive the question, “In what order do you teach the Kesler Science 5E lessons?” several times a week.  My answer is always the same.  It depends.  There is no “correct” order to teach them.  Every state and district has different sequencing suggestions, which is why I created the 5E lessons to be independent of each other. I’ve made a … Read More

Class Awards – How to Leave Students Feeling Recognized and Special

Nearly everyone loves to be recognized, and one way to leave your students feeling special and important is to have an end of the year awards ceremony.  I know you might be thinking that coming up with a unique award for each student sounds like it might be a challenge.  Don’t worry.  I’ve got you covered! This is the last … Read More

Potential and Kinetic Energy Escape Room

Potential and Kinetic Energy Escape Room - Kesler Science

“You and your best friend are competitive when it comes to sports and games. You’ve decided to have another friendly competition, but this time you will see who knows more about potential and kinetic energy. The clues have been assembled and the clock is set. Who will be the ultimate winner?” Immerse your students in a fun, engaging, learning experience … Read More

Competition in Ecosystems Inquiry Lab

Competition in Ecosystems Inquiry Lab In this lab, students will compare the interactions of organisms by researching a northern forest ecosystem. They will then compare the roles of that ecosystem to the roles of another to predict organism relationships. After completing the lab, students will be able to answer the essential question,  how can we predict the ways organisms will … Read More

Periodic Table Escape Room

Periodic Table Escape Room - Kesler Science

“You’ve been kidnapped and taken to the lair of the evil scientist, Dr. Wackadoodle. He will only let you leave if you can answer a series of puzzles about the Periodic Table. Your freedom depends on it. The countdown begins now!” Immerse your students in a fun, engaging, learning experience with the Periodic Table Science Escape Room! We have created … Read More

Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells Escape Room

Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells Escape Room - Kesler Science

“Your best friend’s cells have mutated into the “zombie virus.” The cure is locked away in a nearby location. You must quickly answer these puzzles about prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells to get your hands on the cure. Otherwise, your friend will be doomed to be a brain-eating zombie forever. Don’t waste time – he’s counting on you!” Immerse your students … Read More

Escape Room Puzzle Ideas for the Science Classroom

Creating an engaging escape room experience for your middle school science students doesn’t have to be difficult. Set your escape rooms apart from the other by weaving a narrative throughout the activity.  Students will become invested in the story and the artifacts and puzzles will be more meaningful to them. I have put together a list of escape room puzzle … Read More