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January 11, 2012

A Freebie You Cannot Miss!

Go to the link below to download my newest Freebie on the Nature of Science. This is a must read for any teacher interested in teaching inquiry based science!
Freebie: What is the Nature of Science and Why Should I teach it?

January 8, 2012

Teachers' Grab Bag

Check out the following freebies for science teachers.

Earth Exploration Toolbook. This collection of activities teaches high school and college learners how to work with and interpret environmental science data sets.

National Nuclear Science Week Resources. This website contains resources and lesson plans to help middle and high school educators address nuclear science concepts in the classroom.

Alliance for Climate Education's High School Resources. Here you will find climate education resources for high school students and teachers, including lesson plans, environmental club project ideas, and climate information links for educators.

Encyclopedia of Life. This is a great source of online biodiversity resources for high school and college educators. It includes interactive tools that allow users to gather, customize, and save content.

Schools of Thought Blog. This new blog from CNN covers umbrella issues in education such as student, teacher, and parent accountability; bullying; and current education topics in the news.

Edheads Game Website. This site features educational games focused on science, math, and critical thinking.

Biology Lectures and Short Talks. Here you can find full-length video lectures on various biological concepts that move from broad introductions and progress to research questions and experiments.

NBC Learn. Produced by NSF and NBC Learn, these multimedia learning series for middle and high school levels feature videos, documents, images, and lesson plans.

If you have additional resources, please add them to this post!

January 5, 2012

Grants for your classroom!

I wanted to let you all know about an incredible site I have used over the years to bring new resources into my classroom. DonorsChoose allows teachers to create grant requests for just about anything. The application process is fairly short and well worth your time. After submitting a proposal, donors from all over the country are able to give any amount to help fund your grant. I have been able to successfully fund over $5000 worth of materials for my classroom including books, a set of hominid skulls, and garden tools. In fact, every project I have submitted to Donorschoose has been funded! To see my past proposals, check out this link:

If you have other sites for classroom grants, please respond!

January 4, 2012


Here is one of the free products I am offering at my store. This lesson helps students understand how science works. Feel free to download it and check it out. If you find it useful, please take to time to rate my product on the Teachers Pay Teachers website.

Nature of Science: Understanding Collaboration and Bias
This product helps students understand the process of how scientific knowledge is generated.

January 1, 2012

Top Technology Websites from 2011

For the new year, I have compiled a list of my favorite technology sites that I have used consistently in my classroom. Each of these sites is amazing and worth checking out. Best of all, they are absolutely free!

1. Khan Academy
This site has phenomenal content for math, science and other subjects. The site has thousands of free videos along with a huge variety of practice problems for students to use. Best of all, the site keeps tracks of student progress and rewards their progress with badges. Teachers can easily monitor how their students are doing on an individual basis.

2. Quizlet
This site allows students to create their own list of vocabulary words, make digital flashcards, and then play games to help them learn these new words. Students can also input their own definitions. Another great feature is the spelling game which helps students learn how to spell these new words. Students can easily log in and update their word lists from home or school.

3. Typing Web
This site allows both teachers and students to monitor each of their students' typing accuracy as they progress through a series of lessons. Students can easily access their own accounts from home or from school. The lessons start with the basics and progress through all levels of typing (intermediate and advanced).

4. NASA: Global Climate Change
NASA has created some amazing visuals and simulations to help students learn about global climate change. The site includes many different types of evidence and stunning graphics. From the main page, be sure to check out the EXPLORE tab on the right hand side.

5. ACS Middle School Chemistry
An entire curriculum for middle school students featuring inquiry based learning activities that can be created with inexpensive materials.

6. AMNH: The Known Universe
This simulation from the American Museum of Natural History is unbelievable. The video gives us a realistic perspective of just how small we really are.

I hope you and your students enjoy these sites as much as I have! Happy New Year! If you have any additional sites you would like to add, please let me know.