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Advice, Resources

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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Lab Day

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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Guest Bloggers, Lab Day

Beyond the Volcano: Baking Soda and Vinegar Cars

A New Spin on a Classic Physical Science Lab Guest Post by Kelly Burleson First, a confession.  I am a high school chemistry teacher who has been tasked this year with helping our fifth grade science teacher (who is a first year teacher), adjust the science curriculum.  I have been teaching for 16 years, but… Continue reading Beyond the Volcano: Baking Soda and Vinegar Cars

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Lab Day, Resources

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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Lab Day

What’s in the Lab? Fossil Formation

Many students enter my classroom with misconceptions about fossils. Some think that they are actual bones, while others believe that the original organic material somehow magically turns into stone. As an introduction to the unit about fossil and sedimentary rock formation, I always like to use this quick activity to make sure my students have… Continue reading What’s in the Lab? Fossil Formation

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Lab Day, Resources

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.