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Class Pets in Science: Pros and Cons

One of the first things I wanted to do as a new science teacher was acquire a class pet. None of my teachers in school ever had one, and I always thought it was the best idea ever. I think in some way, I secretly hoped it would give me a "cool" factor to help… Continue reading Class Pets in Science: Pros and Cons

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What’s in the Lab? ExCELLent Eukaryotic Cell Models

My budget has been somewhat limited (non-existent) this year, forcing me to get a bit more creative than usual. As with all things, I simply took it is a challenge to push myself and my students a little further. This week, using leftover lab materials from years past (plus about $15 worth of Dollar Tree… Continue reading What’s in the Lab? ExCELLent Eukaryotic Cell Models

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Turning Green: The Recycled Home Project

In Houston, everyone knows there is a funky little section of town with the infamous “Beer Can” house. Upon further investigation, it turns out one man behind resurrecting this idea, Dan Phillips, is a major proponent of using recycled materials and providing affordable home ownership opportunities to the disadvantaged. As a new teacher, I started… Continue reading Turning Green: The Recycled Home Project

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20+ Science Apps for Elementary and Middle School

A collection of great iPad science apps for your elementary and middle school classroom. We live in a technology driven society, and as a result, most educators across the country now utilize digital resources, computers, tablets, phones and apps to enhance their instructional quality. Finding relevant science apps for elementary and middle school science can… Continue reading 20+ Science Apps for Elementary and Middle School

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Pasta Rocks! A Sedimentary Rock Formation Lab.

I must admit, being a science teacher is one of the coolest jobs in the world. It’s not always easy, but teaching students to question and explore their world is the most fulfilling work I could ever imagine doing. I love getting messy with the kids on lab days and watching how excited they get… Continue reading Pasta Rocks! A Sedimentary Rock Formation Lab.

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What’s in the Lab? Reversing Water Pollution

I originally created this lab to spice up my mixtures and solutions unit a few years ago. It has evolved into what I HOPE is a thoughtful activity that incorporates mixtures, solutions, density, magnetism, environmental factors, conservation, team building and budgeting skills. I like this lab because it is versatile enough to be used in… Continue reading What’s in the Lab? Reversing Water Pollution

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What’s in the Lab? Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics

Earth science is one of my favorite units. (Mainly because most of the labs are edible.) No, in all seriousness, it is fascinating to see how many light bulb moments my students have when we really delve into the inner workings of our planet. Students have a hard time understanding slow changes because it isn't… Continue reading What’s in the Lab? Graham Cracker Plate Tectonics