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Fri, Aug 07, 2020 9:34 AM in Video vignettes to model lessons
With the COVID lockdowns, our new teachers are not able to observe physical classroom lessons. Does anyone have any recommendations or resources for videos of classroom science that could be used to help new teachers?
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Mon, Oct 03, 2011 4:46 PM in Halloween Science
Halloween is a favorite holiday of many science teachers. I would like to create a memorable Halloween Science Day at my school. I would love to hear Halloween ideas from all of you Mad Scientist out there. What are your favorite activities to make Halloween spooktacular?
Mon, Oct 03, 2011 4:14 PM in Independent vs. Dependent Variables
Thank you for sharing those fantastic resources. Several threads suggested the key to helping students get a solid grasp on variables is by revisiting variables consistently throughout the year. I am always trying to figure out simple experiments that are great for assigning independent, dependent and control variables. What are some experiments you have tried in your classroom that work well f...
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Through the Bugscope
Mon, Oct 24, 2011 4:34 PM Lesson using bugscope
This article provides a lesson using bugscope and a vignette of a teacher's experience. Bugscope is an electron scanning microscope student's are able to remotely operate. The class sends bug samples to Bugscope, then Bugscope creates a scheduled viewing. Entomologist are available to answer the questions through chat. This tool can be used across the science curriculum to engage and educate students.
Tried and True: The Halloween Lab
Tue, Oct 04, 2011 6:05 PM Engaging Science
This article presents three spooktacular Halloween labs that will teach students about states of matter and exothermic reactions. The ingredients used are relatively inexpensive and locally available. I can't think of a better way to "trick" students into learning,
Science Shorts: Gourd-ous Decomposition
Tue, Oct 04, 2011 5:29 PM Pumpkin breakdown
In this activity, students watch a slice of a gourd decompose in a plastic bag. The article contains great ideas to conduct the inquiry and gather student ideas. A fantastic intro to this activity would be the Halloween Science Even More Everyday Science Mysteries: Stories for Inquiry-Based Science Teaching .
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