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Classifying Organisms: Teaching Taxonomic Classification

By the time my students reach sixth grade, they have been practicing classifying objects by physical properties for YEARS. Shape, color, smell, texture, mass, density, magnetism, luster...We actively sort things into categories based on similar characteristics as a means of identification. However, without FAIL, when we begin learning about the classification of life, my students… Continue reading Classifying Organisms: Teaching Taxonomic Classification

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Instructional Strategies for Science to Improve Learning

Guest Post by Kelly Burleson | My Science Toolbox on TPT "I'm a bad test taker." Throughout 16 years of teaching, at levels ranging from 5th to 12th grade, I have heard this from students who use it as a crutch to explain away poor grades on assessments. Occasionally I have a student who truly… Continue reading Instructional Strategies for Science to Improve Learning

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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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Make It to Break: 5 High Interest Activities

Guest Post by Jessica Noffsinger Ahhhhh...the week before a school break.  Nothing strikes fear (or exhaustion) in teachers like the prospect of kids ramping up to the next break.  (Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring Break, Summer--they are all the same!) Kids expect “fun” and games while teachers see learning that needs to be completed.  What are we… Continue reading Make It to Break: 5 High Interest Activities

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Science Vocabulary: Why Is It So Important?

A mentor once told me, "Science vocabulary is like a foreign language to students." And it's the truth! Students struggle with scientific terminology because they don't use the words in everyday conversation. That's why vocabulary is the foundation of my science lessons, and it should be for yours too. It's impossible to expect students to… Continue reading Science Vocabulary: Why Is It So Important?

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10 Simple Ways To Be A Better Science Teacher

I am so lucky to teach at a school that provides a full hour of science instruction for our students every day, but I know that in many self contained classrooms science takes a back seat to math and reading. I think this is incredibly unfortunate because science is a part of literally EVERYTHING we… Continue reading 10 Simple Ways To Be A Better Science Teacher

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Maternity Leave is Almost Over!

The school year started with the birth of my second child looming heavily. I worked furiously to make sure the lesson plans were ready, with step by step instructions for every hour of every day (seriously)...Then I left, and left it up to God. My son was born early September, and I will finally be… Continue reading Maternity Leave is Almost Over!