Effective teaching begins with passion. A passion for teaching students to think critically, work collaboratively. And an eagerness to help students find their own love of learning. Students are most likely to truly understand a concept or a skill when science activities are engaging. And allow for various opportunities to demonstrate their understanding. Allowing time for students to apply their knowledge through the use of manipulative. And also designing their own projects through the prism of differentiation. Also, seeing the real-world application of concepts makes the classroom come alive.

Learn HOW to think and not WHAT to think!

It is the belief of Midnight Star that teaching students through active engagement. It is best to allow them to learn HOW to think and not WHAT to think. Many years of experience and endless modification of science activities has allowed for this website. These engaging science activities to be offered to other teachers who have the same passion. As well as an eagerness to watch students think critically and see the world around them in a new light.

Teaching is a passion, as are the subjects of geology and astronomy for Midnight Star! It is an honor to introduce students to these unique fields of science that have such a direct connection to the real-world. Few topics are as engaging as geology and astronomy. Grabbing the attention of students with these subjects is made easy with the science activities provided here. It is exciting to be able to share with other teachers the work that has accumulated over twenty years that has proved to be successful in student learning.

Discoveries such as the amber containing a dinosaur tail, giant footprints left by dinosaurs in Australia. And hundreds of exoplanets detected by astronomers are but a few perfect “hooks” for teachers to use to engage students. If you want to make your classroom come to life, grab the attention of students and help students to think critically, you have come to the right site!

Join me and many others as we introduce students to the world of science!


Teaching your students HOW to think, not What to think, has never been easier!
Guided Practice


Introduce complex topics clearly and with little to no prep
Differentiate Activity


Giving students options
Formative Check


Check for understanding; Quickly!
Concept Map


Organization of complex information
Student Engagement


Giving students the opportunity to examine where they are now and how to get where they are going


Teaching HOW to think, not WHAT to think.
Students Science Teaching Resources

With teaching experience since 1995. Midnight Star has devised many activities, both large and small. That have been extensively tweaked and improved with repeated student use. These efforts have produced strategies and products that have consistently resulted in the highest test scores of all equivalent students across a district since common assessments began over 8 years ago. The key to student success is to continually improve upon practices that work well. Good is not acceptable; strive for great and watch your students soar!


Differentiated activities, formative check worksheets, test questions, guided practice activities, concept maps, and rubrics.

The types of products provided by Midnight Star include large, differentiated activities; formative check worksheets; test questions; guided practice activities; concept maps; and rubrics. Each activity is designed with a specific purpose in mind at differing stages of the learning process. In addition, the products sold here have been used and tweaked significantly over many years and therefore. And also to provide a reliable source of material for your classroom.

Each unit ends with a differentiated activity designed to check for understanding after significant repetition and practice. The activities found on this web site will continue to accumulate over time. Typically, these projects are individual and have a rubric for students. This is to reference as they progress and for teachers to use in assessing their understanding.

They are a proven method that ensures that students “get it. By engaging ALL students in the classroom and are particularly helpful with skills-based units. Look around this web site and you are sure to find activities that will work for you!

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My blog is an excellent place to keep up with the activities I am doing in my classroom.

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