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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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Beyond the Volcano: Baking Soda and Vinegar Cars

A New Spin on a Classic Physical Science Lab Guest Post by Kelly Burleson from My Science Toolbox 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… Continue reading Beyond the Volcano: Baking Soda and Vinegar Cars

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Going Green: The Recycled Home Project

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

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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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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

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What’s in the Lab? Cookie Mining

I remember my first year in science, lab day was always the most stressful part of my week. I felt like I was scrambling for ideas, and I had no idea what to do half the time. Luckily, I am older and wiser. These days I can honestly sit back (well, not too far back)… Continue reading What’s in the Lab? Cookie Mining

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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!