Showing posts with label Science and Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Science and Health. Show all posts

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Graphic Organizer for Writing Science Lab Reports


There are many components to a great lab report.  This 3-page graphic organizer will help your students learn and remember all of the essential parts of a good lab report.

Suitable for all science subjects and for students in grades 5-12.

Includes color and black/white formats.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

End of the Year Web Quest: The Dangers of Ultraviolet Radiation

This activity will supplement your lessons on ecology and the environment.  What better way to send your science students off for the summer than by making sure they understand the dangers of over-exposure to the sun?  This fun web quest will allow the student to determine the UV index in his/her local area, and graph the UV index over a period of one year.

Read all about it at my blog, Science Stuff.

Hope to see you there!


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

High School Kids Still Love Science Fair Competitions!



Since the beginning of this school year, I have had the pleasure and the privilege of working with an amazing group of students at my school.  For the fourth straight year, our school has competed in the "Battle of the Brains" competition.  This is no ordinary science fair!  This is a science and math competition between our high school and our big-time rival high school just a few miles away.  Although the rivalry is intense, the students who participate come away with an amazing experience!

Hop on over to my blog, Science Stuff, to read my complete article!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

2012 Holiday Ebook of Teaching Tips and Freebies



180 amazing teacher/authors have contributed pages to this year's holiday ebook.  Each page is packed with tips and suggestions as well as links to FREE teaching materials.  Read my complete blog post here.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

A Dichotomous Classification Key with a Holiday Twist

Are you looking for a fun activity to do in the last days before the Christmas break in your science classes?  



You might want to read the article about this activity at my blog, Science Stuff.  It has tips and suggestions for making this activity one you'll want to do year after year!


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Science Fun Facts!



What is this creature?  

Read about the amazing things this little guy can do at my blog, Science Stuff.

See ya there!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Not-So-Scary Spider Ideas

We're wrapping up our nonfiction unit this week and I'm so sad about it! My students have been so into learning about different critters each week and have learned a lot about pulling out important information along the way. Last week was all about spiders, but I have so many new ideas we're rolling with it this week too before moving on. Spiders are perfect for this time of the year because they go with the approaching Halloween holiday without actually mentioning Halloween for schools that don't allow it.


I shared several of my spider ideas on my blog (including fun yarn webs the students made on their chairs!). I also made a few spider craftivities so you can see pictures of our hallway display too. While you're there, I linked up our cute coloring page (without the apple watermark) that we use for our research notes cover. You can click on over to grab your freebie and read more about our spidery fun!











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Sunday, October 14, 2012

The 5 E's and Science

Have you started using the 5 E's lesson planning format for teaching science yet?  I really like this format!
Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate - this really makes sense.  Like anything new, it takes a litle bit of time to figure out and get used to. As a reminder of student and teacher roles during each phase of instruction, I created some posters to hang in my room.  You can read more about them and grab a free copy if you head over to my blog post.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Community Ecology Complete Unit Plan

I have been working on this for a while, and am so excited to finally have this finished!!  I have been trying to renovate and re-invigorate all of my lessons and activities on ecology.  I have previously completed work  on two units (Intro to Ecology and Population Ecology) and now I have put the finishing touches on the third unit plan on Community Ecology.


This bundled unit includes everything you need to teach a unit on Community Ecology to your Biology or Life Science classes.  Items found in this bundled product include:

  • 56-slide PowerPoint that is colorful and contains pictures that will visually enhance your lesson.
  • Lab:  Soil Communities
  • Lab: Lichens
  • Short Quiz
  • Unit Test
  • a 51-slide review PowerPoint
  • Homework assignments that turn into a completed study guide
  • Crossword Puzzle for reviewing vocabulary
  • Predator/Prey Informational text and graphing activity
  • Lichen informational text, critical reading, and questions.
Have fun teaching!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Predator Prey Relationship: Informational Text and Graphing Activity



The study of the predator - prey relationship is fundamental to a unit on community ecology. This informational text, critical reading and graphing exercise will:
1. Reinforce graphing skills.
2. Develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
3. Enhance your instruction during your unit on community ecology.
4. Provide a high quality classwork or homework assignment.





Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall Freebie

I am loving the fall weather we are having here in Ohio. It actually put me in the mood to work on my fall packets. First up is my pumpkin unit for big kids so I pulled this freebie out of it to share with you. It has black/white and color versions of the pumpkin life cycle. My students love to cut and paste so it's great for a hands-on activity to do with your students. The answer sheet even doubles as a colorful poster for your room (it doesn't have my apple watermark on it). Click on over to my blog to grab your freebie. You can also read about our pumpkin journals and find my suggested books for the unit too. It's so much fun!



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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Ecology PowerPoints: Community Ecology

The third in my series of 6 ecology PowerPoints is called "Community Ecology".  


Just in case you missed the two earlier posts, the first two in the series are called "Introduction to Ecology" and "Population Ecology".

This PowerPoint is on "Community Ecology".  It consists of 55 slides that are colorful, informative and visually stimulating.  Pictures and diagrams are included that will greatly enhance your instruction to your students.  This product also includes a set of notes for the teacher (5 pages) and a set of notes for the student (8 pages). Graphics, diagrams, clip art, and photographs were chosen to capture the attention of the student as the lesson is being taught.   Here is a short preview of 3 of the slides:




Have fun teaching!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Penguin Learning Charts

I love, love, love penguins so this is one of my favorite units each year. My third graders spend the week learning the structures of nonfiction texts and the basics of internet research by learning about the different types of penguins. We use learning charts throughout the unit to document our learning and look for gaps in our research. At the end of the unit, the learning charts help us turn our data into paragraphs. Click on over to my blog to grab your freebie and see my top picks for nonfiction penguin books too.




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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Osmosis and Diffusion Lab for Biology Students


Here is a simple idea for illustrating and reinforcing the concepts of osmosis and diffusion.  The materials list for this lab is short and simple, and the lab works every time.  Easy set up and easy clean up!  Head over to my blog to read my complete article:

Science Stuff  Blog:  Very Simple Osmosis and Diffusion Experiment

Ecology PowerPoints: Population Ecology


In my continued rewriting and revamping of my ecology teaching materials, I decided to break the topic down into 6 areas of study:  Introduction to Ecology, Population Ecology, Community Ecology, Energy Flow and the Recycling of Matter, Biomes of the World, and The Impact of Humans on the Environment.

In a previous post, I included a preview of the first topic, "Introduction to Ecology".

Here is a short preview of the second topic, "Population Ecology".






This PowerPoint consists of 56 slides that are colorful, informative and visually stimulating.  Pictures and diagrams are included that will greatly enhance your instruction to your students.  This product also includes a set of notes for the teacher (8 pages) and a set of notes for the student (11 pages).  Graphics, diagrams, clip art, and photographs were chosen to capture the attention of the student as the lesson is being taught.

Have fun teaching!



Saturday, September 22, 2012

Ecology Lesson Plans and Ideas



Ecology is one of the "must-teach" topics for any biology or life science class.  The ecological inter-relationships that occur in nature are fundamental to an understanding of our world and how life interacts with the physical environment as well as with other living organisms.  Ecology topics, such as global warming, ozone destruction, greenhouse gases, and habitat destruction, dominate the news.  We must make sure that our students are knowledgeable in these topics so they can be informed decision makers in the future.

I spent my summer vacation re-writing all of my ecology lesson plans, powerpoints, labs, etc.  I have been very pleased with the results of my hard work.

This is the first of my ecology PowerPoints.  It is called "Introduction to Ecology".  It  is  a 41-slide PowerPoint with notes for the teacher and a notes outline for the student.  Here is a short preview:







Photographs and diagrams were chosen to provide a highly visual and attractive presentation, while providing excellent coverage on the content.

Have fun teaching!


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mathematical Biology


We must be constantly looking for ways to make our science classes more mathematical.  For years the trend was to make them more conceptual.  What a mistake that was!

Head over to my blog and read my complete article.


Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Surface Area to Volume Ratios in Cells



My current focus in my high school biology classes is to increase the use of math to support important biological concepts.  I recently developed a new product that does just this.

Surface Area to Volume Ratios in Living Cells

In this activity, students will consider these questions:
1.  Why are cells so small?
2.  Why do cells not grow to larger sizes?

3.  How does the surface area to volume ratio change as the cell grows larger?
4.  What will be the consequences to the cell as the cell becomes too large?



The four page worksheet begins with informational text on how surface area to volume ratios affect the growth of cells.  This informational text can be used as a critical reading exercise.  Following the introductory paragraphs, students are given the equations for determining the volume and surface area of cubes, rectangles and spheres.  The combination of critical reading with the incorporation of mathematical concepts meets Common Core standards.  



You can use this activity to reinforce your lessons on cell structure and function, or it can be used as a stand alone lesson.  I have just completed this activity with my students, and I was VERY pleased with the results.


Have fun teaching!