9th grade science teacher
Wed, Apr 24, 2013 7:49 PM in First Couple Days of Physical Science
I think a good way to start the year is with great demos, show the students a demo the exemplifies something from each quarter or unit, the demos are what kids the most excited. If you could include fire, chemical reactions, loud sounds, and the like it will be best! The kids will see you as a cool scientist for the rest of the year rather than just a teacher
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Wed, Apr 24, 2013 7:40 PM in Waves!
A great activity is to have a worksheet with a large uncolored rainbow. Have the students color the rainbow with the proper "roygbiv". Have them cut each color out and link them together alternating one convexed then one concaved. If you tape it to the board or something you can see how the different colors make different wave lengths. It is a great visual.
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Explaining Matter with Elements, Atoms, and Molecules
Thu, May 09, 2013 8:51 PM Matter with Elements Review
This sci pack takes you through the nature of matter starting with characteristics of elements and goes though identifying elements based on its properties. The scipack moves through evidence for atoms and elements which is great because my students always ask me "if you can not see atoms, how do we know they are there"? It covers the history of the periodic table and the prediction of the missing elements. The Sci pack a a wealth of information available about each element which will become useful when I begin next years element research project. This sci pack gives a strong foundation of the nature and properties of matter.
Mon, May 06, 2013 6:41 PM Energy
My favorite aspect of this Sci pack was its foundation in relevance. The sci pack begins by listing the various energies in different object and systems. The sci pack then goes on to discuss the value of each of these energy sources in regards to their ease of harvesting and accessibility to humans. The energy transfer visuals have been a useful tool in my classroom for showing how the starting energy in a system will be the final energy, but the energy simply transfers from one object to the next. If I were to make one suggestion for this sci pack would be to include more content on work and power. This is an integral part of the understanding of how we measure different aspects of energy.
Force and Motion
Thu, May 02, 2013 6:40 PM Newton Review
This sci guide I believe to have the most useful simulations. It makes available many of the simulations used in the sci pack, and since I did the sci pack I am familiar with them and feel comfortable sharing them with students. I will surely be using the simulation to make some "lab type" data collection scenarios for my students to supplement the learning. If I could provide a suggestion it would be to have more content available for higher level students. Seems to be focused on younger learners.
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