Integration Doc: Flipgrid in Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-13) Science 👩‍🔬👨‍🔬

6-8 Science

What is Flipgrid? 💭

Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families around the world. Flipgrid promotes fun and social learning by giving every student an equal and amplified voice on the Topics you define!


Flipgrid Basics 💻📱🖥

When you set up your account, you’ll first create a Grid for your learning community. Grids are the canvas you will use to post discussion Topics, to which your students will post short video Responses. That’s how they share their voice! Students can then view and Reply to each other’s Responses, infusing your class with a dose of social and emotional learning! Flipgrid is available on the web or via our Windows 10, iOS, or Android apps.

If you’re just getting started, we recommend checking out the Flipgrid Educator Innovation Station. It’s filled with everything you need to become a Flipgrid pro!


Flipgrid in Grades 6-8 Science 👩‍🔬👨‍🔬

In middle grades, learners refine their voice and communicate with others while strengthening skills such as elaboration and reflection. Flipgrid helps students leverage technology to take an active role in demonstrating competency in their learning goals (ISTE Standards for Students 1). The wonder and understanding of science concepts deepen at the middle school level through inquiry, the scientific process, critical thinking, the application of math concepts, and lab experiments. As students learn more about Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science their ability to articulate the knowledge of application of concepts strengthens with their use of Flipgrid. Here are a few ways Flipgrid can ignite engagement, supporting learning, and capture students’ learning process in science:

⭐️ Develop a model to explain the role of gravity and its effects.
⭐️ Identify patterns of Earth's major historical events in geologic evidence.
⭐️ Plan and carry out investigations that demonstrate the chemical and physical processes that form rocks and cycle Earth's materials.
⭐️ Analyze and interpret data to describe how various human activities may cause changes in local and global temperatures over time.
⭐️ Describe the functions of the organs of the body systems.
⭐️ Model & communicate the differences between animal and plant cells.
⭐️ Identify, describe & evaluate necessary and sufficient evidence for supporting a scientific idea.
⭐️ Analyze patterns within the periodic table to communicate predictions of the properties of elements.

Once you’re ready to create your first discussion Topic, you can dive right in from your Educator Admin or head to the Disco Library for inspiration. Here is a sampling of middle grades science Topics currently available in the Disco Library, all created by your peers and ready to be used with your learners!

🚀 Disco Library: Earth Science

Rocks and Minerals by Casey Troutman: A Topic for demonstrating knowledge of similarities and differences of rocks and minerals.

Plate Tectonics by Bree Fuller: A Topic encouraging students to model and explain plate movements and where they are most likely to occur.

Moon Phases by Sean Fahey: A Topic for students to observe the phases of the moon as they complete a video journal with their observations.

🚀 Disco Library: Life Science

Body System Interviews by Derrick Mathis: A Topic for scientists to explain traits of an organ from an organ’s point of view.

The Characteristics of Life by Chris Casey: A Topic for students to explore knowledge and misconceptions of the characteristics of organisms.

Cell Homeostasis by Kim Guthrie: A Topic for explaining cell diffusion and osmosis.

🚀 Disco Library: Physical Science

Potential and Kinetic Energy by Omar Lopez: A Topic for students to communicate their knowledge of potential and kinetic energy including real world examples.

Newton’s 1st Law Stop Motion Video by Christina O’Neill: A Topic encouraging students to model their knowledge of Newton’s 1st law by creating a stop motion video.

Matter Master by Andy Knueven: A Topic that provides students choice to reteach in their own way to demonstrate their knowledge of matter.


Consider this: ISTE Standards for Students 💡

Computational Thinker 5- Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions. 5B: Students collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them, and represent data in various ways to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making.

Creative Communicator 6 - Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. 6C: Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.


Want even more!? 🤓

💥Join the #FlipgridFever educator community on Twitter and Facebook! Follow educators like Omar Lopez, Andy Knueven, and Jennifer Trout for tons of mic-drop Flipgrid ideas.

💥While you’re at it, say hi to Flipgrid Education Innovation Leads Jornea Erwin, Jess Boyce, and Ann Kozma. Jornea, Jess, and Ann are always here to support you!

💥Bookmark our monthly newsletter for the latest happenings and check out our Educator Innovation Station for classroom integration ideas.

💥Explore the Help Center for answers to most common questions.

💥Connect your students with their peers around the world through #GridPals!

💥Become a Level One Flipgrid Certified Educator.

There is no limit to the ways you can use Flipgrid with younger learners. Dive in and help your students define their voice, share their voice, and respect the diverse voice of their peers. We are here to support you as you engage and amplify!

💚 Team Flipgrid in Minneapolis, MN