The JH Science department is in the third year of being part of MySciLife (myscilife.org), an online social media site for 6-9th grade science students. 7th-grade students are learning genetics concepts as they work through various learning tasks. Many are practicing the main vocabulary (genotype, phenotype, dominant, recessive, etc.) through creating a Wanted Ad for a perfect mate (they all have assumed identities as their creature, ex. GumDrop, Gloombug, Striped Horn, etc because this site keeps identities anonymous.
Quite a few have picked a mate and are putting to use their background of Punnett Squares to show how their creatures pairs pass on genes to their offspring. There has been quite a lot of creativity in their work this year. I have quite a few extension choices for students that are fast workers and at least one student has chosen to create a game based on our genetics unit.
This is the first year using it with 8th graders, and they have been creating Birthday Trading cards that tell astronomical and weather related things that happened on their birthday. They are now working on infomercials with a small team to share with their classmates on the topics of moon phases, eclipses, tides, and seasons and these will be shared out on MySciLife as well.
This link allows the public to see the public feed of work:
Also, to build up excitement/motivation, the JH Science Department created a ThingLink to house all of our ads so each creature could easily search for them: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/758811875428270081