Secondary Science Sub Plans - supports distance learning

Biology Roots
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Science Literacy Emergency Sub Plans for Secondary Science pack containing 5 emergency sub plans that are meaningful, easy to use, and relate to student lives. Best of all, they will last the entire class period and are completely self-contained.

*Digital Version included to support distance learning*

You'll find a link to Google Drive in the download.

Don't worry about having to scramble unrelated resources together to make a sub plan. Each of these 5 sub plans is the right size to keep your students engaged for the entire period. Each of these sub plans are 4-6 pages long, and meet multiple standards, including literacy, diagrams, and simple graphing.

***PACKET style option included to save paper!

Check out the reviews. Many past buyers have told me they love these lessons so much that they end up using them at the end of the year anyways, despite not being sick.

These are useful tools to help encourage scientific literacy in reading, graphing, and making connections.

Many districts (including mine) are requiring a sub folder with activities to do "on-the-fly" in case of an emergency absence. I always had trouble with this. Though it's a great idea, it's often hard to predict when you'll be out and what the class is studying at the time of your absences. That's why I created these sub plans that relate to science, pique student interests, and can be used at nearly any time.

Buy Bundled and Save 20% on 5 sub plans!This package contains 5 "Emergency Sub Plans" to get you through the year. These activities are common core aligned for literacy in science. They can be used for health or social studies, as well.

Plan A: An Inside Look at Cancer (Reading and Graphing).

Plan B: Facebook Pages- students design a facebook page using the biographies and templates included. Rubric is also included. (Could be used for any celebrity or historical figure!)

Plan C- How May I Take Your Order? Explores fats, carbs, proteins, and how they add up on nutrition labels. (Reading, matching, and minor math {multiplication and addition}).

Plan D- The Effect of Video Games on Your Brain-this activity takes a nontraditional spin on video games. It is based on evidence created in the lab of Daphne Bavelier. (Reading, coloring and graphing).

Plan E- Head, Shoulders, Knees and X-rays- Explores common sports injuries (fractures, sprains, strains, swelling and and bruising. (Reading, matching and graphing).

These activities can be used for grades 6-11. Graphing skills are required (line graph; bar graph). These are designed to keep students busy and can be completed within a 45-50 minute time frame.

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You May Also Be Interested in the Following Individual Sub Plans Available:

Plan F: Fossil Fuels, Fossil Rules, and Fossil Fools

Explores the use of fossil fuels and the ramifications of using them. Students read, answer questions, and analyze a chart.

Plan G: The Moo-ving History of Vaccines

Students learn all about the smallpox pandemic, and how Edward Jenner, James Phipps, and a milkmaid named Sarah were all heroes in coming up with a way to prevent this deadly virus. Optional timeline included for a multiple day absence.

Plan H- Generation Wireless (Radio Waves)

Generation Y relies heavily on radio waves for their Wi-Fi, cell phones, and video games. This explains radio waves, how radios work, and how cell phones work. Students analyze a pie chart about cell phone use.

Plan I- Allergies, Achoos, and Ouches

Students read this condensed version on the mystifying (and awesome) world of the immune system. In doing so, they gain a better understanding of allergies.

Plan J- OMG! GMO! Genetically Modified Organism

Students read this unbiased article about the construction and use of genetically modified organisms. Students answer questions within the text, and at the end are asked more ethical questions.

❀Sub Plans F-J can be found in a mini bundle of 5 sub plans: Sub Plans Volume II (F-J):❀


Plan K: The Culture of Cheese

Students explore the history and the science behind the cheesemaking process, specifically on enzymes and fermentation.

Plan L: Big Foot and the Scientific Method

This takes a non-biased, psychological spin on Big Foot’s suggested existence and why it is so important that we use the scientific method. Students form an experiment trying to lure Big Foot with apples.

Plan M- The World's Deadliest Animal

Students explore the mosquito and vector-borne diseases. Two version are included with this sub plan: an original version that introduces students to bar graph breaks when working with a wide range of data, and a graph-free version that omits the graph and includes a couple extra analysis questions.

Plan N-Solar Power

Students are introduced to the history of fossil fuel use going all the way back to Rockefeller, how it has affected our environment. Students explore how solar power: how it works and why it is a cleaner and more efficient alternative to fossil fuels.

Plan O-Antibiotics

Students are introduced to the history and science of antibiotics, and how they are evolving to form superbugs such as MRSA.

❀Sub Plans K-O can be found in a mini bundle of 5 sub plans:

★You may also be interested in:

Secondary Science Sub Plans Volume II

Secondary Science Sub Plans Volume III

Secondary Science Sub Plans Super Bundle: Volumes I, II, & III

Copyright © 2012 Vanessa Jason (Biology Roots)

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Permission to copy for single classroom use only.

Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.

Not for public display.

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50 pages
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50 minutes
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