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Students make a "glob' of colored gummy candies, then use it to determine which atom they created, and learn how to get information from the peri...
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Students will use simple materials to determine the difference between a physical and chemical change.
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Students know all matter is made of atoms, which may combine to form molecules. Students will construct molecules out of gum drop atoms and co...
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Description: Students will drop marbles into a pan of flour from various heights to see the effect of gravity on the marble. Florida Suns...
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Students explore the difference between heat and temperature. The free version is the full student worksheet. The pay version has all the notes...
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The students will explore the effect of pushing magnets together and storing energy in the magnetic field that surrounds a set of magnets.
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The inquiry design diagram is a graphic organizer to help students as they conduct inquiry based lessons. Since inquiry can be somewhat open, th...
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The Hertzsprung-Russell (H-R) diagram is a graph that is widely used in astronomy to categorize and graph stars. The plot is made by assuming th...
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Description: Students will push on a car with a ball rolling down a ramp and then pull on a car with a string to examine how forces cause change...
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This is an inquiry based lesson in which the students have to find the amount of carbon dioxide in a can of soda. The handout is the activity sh...
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Description: Students will count the number of stars in 2 pictures that are the same but at different sizes. Florida Sunshine State Standar...
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Students use popcycle sticks of various lengths to find the resultant vector. You will need to prepare a set of popcycle sticks with vectors draw...
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Students will describe the role of gravity in the formation of objects in the solar system and the paths of objects in the solar system. Calif...
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This is a project in which students have to build the strongest electromagnet and identify the factors that influenced the strength. The rubric...
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Since the distances are vast in the solar system and between stars, astronomers have created various units to represent these large distances. ...
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Students construct an egg drop and this lab requires that they find the speed of impact and assess the qualities that made the egg break.
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Students construct their own musical instruments and then explain the science behind the music. The rubric states how to assess the students on ...
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Description: Students will examine pictures of various landforms and identify characteristics of each land form. California State Standard(...
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Students use Hot Wheels tracks and a photogate timer to find the kinetic and potential energy of a toy car. From this they also determine the en...
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This is a bundle of 4 labs that all focus on Energy. These are aligned to the Florida Sunshine State Standards. The preview contains an outline...
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Buyer re: Speed of a Slinky Wave
Does this come with a answer key?
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Mike Mckee  (TpT Seller)
Not on this one - however, did you have specific questions I can answer?
February 17, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

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Gabrielle Haby  (TpT Seller)
I just purchased the waves in a ripple tank lab. Could you please email me the videos at ghaby@hondoisd.net?
Thank you.
February 11, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
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Mike Mckee  (TpT Seller)
Will do - be looking for them!
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Steven P.
What do you mean that is part of the TPT in the system?
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Buyer re: Balanced Forces and How A Building Falls
What type of books do you use for this lab? There is a big different in mass between textbooks and chapter books.
December 15, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
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Mike Mckee  (TpT Seller)
I had them using the physics books in this and then they measured the mass of a set of the books to get the total. The largest amount that I had ever held by the three sheets of paper was about 950 pounds. The students were using tables turned upside down and placing all kinds of stuff on it, including other students - because it is only 3 inches tall there was no problem with a collapse!
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Steven P. re: Inquiry Lesson: Amount of Carbon Dioxide in a Can of Soda
Is there a way to see preview pages? The provided ones are very small.
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That is part of the TpT in the system...
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Buyer re: Candy Atoms
I purchased this; however, I am unable to print due to "policy settings".
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Mike Mckee  (TpT Seller)
I just saw this! Sorry for the delay - did this ever get fixed on your end?
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Buyer re: Why do you feel lighter in a swimming pool? LAB
There seem to be several typos/sentences that are only partially typed. Have you fixed these? If so, please provide me with a corrected product. This activity looks promising and well thought out.

Thanks.
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Mike Mckee  (TpT Seller)
OOPS! You are correct - can you send me your email address - mine is mckeem1@gmail.com and I will send the corrected copy.
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Buyer
Ok, thanks. Just thought you should know.
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Buyer re: How much fresh water is on Earth LAB
Is this really $100.00?
August 19, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mike Mckee  (TpT Seller)
Wow....that is a big mistake! Let me fix that.
August 22, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

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Buyer re: Waves in a Ripple Tank
I downloaded this lab, but the website www.cchsphysics.org does not seem to be working? Is that correct?

Thank you!
April 9, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mike Mckee  (TpT Seller)
Oh! That is correct - that website is not there. Can you email me your email address and I will send the files you need.
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Kim Repking  (TpT Seller) re: Energy Labs
I purchased the energy labs. I read through the lab titled heat and temperature. I do not understand the reasoning for the rubbing alochol part in the lab. The temperature of the rubbing alcohol is warmer than the temperature of the air around it. Is there a reason for this? Thanks!
February 14, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mike Mckee  (TpT Seller)
Actually, if the alcohol is in the room for a while it will be at room temperature. When the thermometer is dipped initially into the alcohol, it measures the temperature of the alcohol. Then, when it is removed, the temperature drops, but this is because the evaporation of the alcohol causes heat transfer out of the thermomter and the thermometer measures a temp drop. When the thermometer is placed back into the alcohol, the temperature rises back to room temperature (which is the temperature of the alcohol). Most students think that the alcohol is cold (as a property) and I wanted them to see that there is something else going on - namely that the temperature drop is from evaporation not something that is inherent in the temperature of the alcohol itself.

Let me know if you have other questions!

Thanks
Mike
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Kim Repking  (TpT Seller)
Hi Mike,
I just purchased your lab using chocolate chips (the energy labs). I was just wondering how you attach the chocolate chips to the string.
Thanks!
Kim
February 6, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
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Mike Mckee  (TpT Seller)
Hi Kim,

Good question - if you slightly melt them they will attach, but that is alumninum foil. Does it look like string in the picture? If so I will get in and clarify that so that it is not confusing.

Let me know if you have other questions.
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Hi Mike-

I just purchased the Roadrunner quiz and I wanted to see about getting the videos from you. I'm looking for to this.

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Scott Cowgill
LHS Physics
December 12, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
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Mike Mckee  (TpT Seller)
Hi Scott - sure! what is your email address? Mine is mckeem1@gmail.com and I can send them all to you.
December 13, 2011 Report inappropriate comment

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Science Rules  (TpT Seller) re: Energy Labs
Mr. Mckee--your energy labs look terrific. I will be teaching 6th grade phy sci this next yr (less than 2 weeks away) and I've taught 9th grade phy sci and upper level HS science and discovered that 6th graders are closer to elementary level in conceptual learning, vocab and other learning skills--at least in the high risk school complex I am in. Are your energy labs "basic" enough for 6th graders to grasp or do they need to be tailored from their existing design? Thank you. mattie
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Mike Mckee  (TpT Seller)
Sorry for the loonngggg delay - I didn't realize TPT had this section! I did just load a bunch of energy labs that are for elementary.
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Mike, I love the Candy Atoms lesson. Which type of candies were used?
August 22, 2010 Report inappropriate comment
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Mike Mckee  (TpT Seller)
I use gummy drops or bears
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Mike,
I am a third grade teacher in AZ. I was looking at your experiment with light using different colored LED lights. Would I just use a regular flashlight with different colored LED lightbulbs? Or do I need to purchase special flashlights? Also, I feel very unknowledgeable about the physics of light, yet our state standards require us to teach light/sound. Note, we are not given any materials or teacher's guides. I didn't know that yellow was a secondary color of light until I read the sample of your product. All these years I have been teaching that the primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. So, this isn't true? I did notice a mistake on one of your teacher guided inquiry questions to begin the lesson, you said to ask the kids if yellow is a primary color, and your answer was no because red and blue produce yellow, when I think you meant to say, green and blue? I am trying to educate myself, and so far your information as made the most sense to me. If you think my third graders can handle this experiment, I will probably purchase your download from Teachers Pay TEachers. Thank you for your time,
Amy Gosla
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Mike Mckee  (TpT Seller)
Hi Amy,

You could use filters, but make sure the filters are good...some filters that are red, blue, and green let a lot more of the spectrum through. Sargent Welch sells some filters that are $10 and are encased in cardboard slides. There are 8 colors in a set.

Thanks for catching the error! In fact, we are both incorrect. Red and GREEN make yellow light. In fact, red, blue and green are the primary colors of light and cyan magenta and yellow are the primary colors of PIGMENTS. There are two sets of primary colors, one for light and one for pigments. And this is why many think that red, blue and yellow are the primary colors. I think this occurs most often in art classes. Let me know if you have other questions!
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have 16 years of teaching experience and curriculum development, having taught in high school for most of that time. I have extensive experience in teacher professional development primarily with middle and elementary school teachers. Most of the professional development is geared toward an inquiry approach to teaching and learning, with a great deal of emphasis of changing the beliefs of appropriate instruction that will maximize student achievement. Currently, I am the program director for GK-12 at the University of Central Florida, conducting professional development for ninth grade science teachers and research scientists, utilizing an inquiry pedagogy.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Scientific inquiry is the best way to teach and learn because it engages students in their own critical thinking and problem solving. Instead of teachers "telling" students what to do, the students construct their own meaning from the lessons. I utilize an ABC - CBV approach: Activity Before Concept, Concept Before Vocabulary. This is an approach that is opposite of what most teachers traditionally use in their classrooms. However, it is most effective for student learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

*Radio Shack National Teacher Award, 2002 *Teacher of the Year, 1998 *Received multiple local grants and awards

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Graduated from Ohio State Univeristy, 1990

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have developed curriculum called Hank and Hannah: The Hurricane Hunters for Orlando NBC affiliate WESH, that is available at www.wesh.com. I also appear on digital weather channel NBC Weather Plus that is currently carried in over 90 markets as part of their Weather Plus University, where we explain the science behind the weather. Archives can be accessed at www.nbcweatherplus.com/university/index.html. In addition, professional development is availble for much of my developed curriculum at www.inquiryinstitute.org .