Interactive Rock Cycle
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Tue, May 12, 2020 6:57 PM in How to Start Off as a Teacher
Hello, Cal Alumni here (Go Bears!) I accepted my first teaching job in a middle school when I was 27, and let me tell you... those guys have no concept of the differences in adult ages. Even now, they'll try to guess my age, and I get guesses from 22 to 50. I haven't run into any issues with my age as they all see me as an "adult" not a "child."
If you're thinki...
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Tue, May 12, 2020 6:45 PM in 5E Lesson
Hello Jamie, it's been a while since you posted your question, but I thought I would share a thought: your 5E lesson plan can span multiple days! I teach in a middle school with longer classes (85 minutes a class!) and even then I don't get through everything I want. Maybe consider engaging the students on day one, exploring day two, creating their own explainations on day three, you expl...
Sat, May 09, 2020 12:47 PM in Avoiding Lectures When Instructing Life Science
Hello! This is a slightly delayed response to your question, but I thought I would share an idea: sometimes lecture is a necessity and serves a greater purpose.
I teach 7th grade science, and I would estimate that 1-2 of every 5 lessons involve some form of lecture. I do this by design. I implement the 5E model of lesson planning in my classroom with the first two Es being students being engag...
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Wed, Mar 25, 2020 9:18 PM Perfect for Regions with Native Oaks
I live and teach in California which is a state filled to the brim with all types of Oak Trees. I love the idea of not only teaching students how to identify different acorns, but also teaching them that there are species that rely on acorns beyond the trees themselves. As a bonus, I could envision doing something similar with different pine cones.
Citizen Science: Birds, Binoculars, and Biodiversity
Wed, Mar 25, 2020 9:04 PM Outdated But Relevant
This resource is a guide for encouraging students to participate in the Great Bird Count of 2018 which occurred for a few days in February of 2018. While I obviously cannot have my students participate in the event, I love the idea of being able to stage our own Great Bird Count! We are lucky to have our school adjacent to a large canal which attracts diverse waterfowl. This activity could be an excellent opportunity to help students learn to identify different birds in our area and collect data on populations they observe.
Tue, Mar 24, 2020 10:49 PM Bringing the Rock Cycle into the Classroom
I have been looking for ideas for activities and lessons I can bring into the classroom to demonstrate the Rock Cycle in ways that are both engaging and interesting, and I think this Rock Tumbling resource could be a great addition to the unit! I had my own Rock Tumbler growing up, and I was always excited to see what the rocks would look like after days and weeks inside. This would be a great activity leading up to a Spring Break where you could leave the Rock Tumbler on for an extended amount of time for a dramatic reveal of the affects of abrasion overtime.
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