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By Brain Brigade
This interactive cross curricular game about the space program is a series of riddles and clues that will transport your class back to each of the launches in the Space Race in America's journey to the Moon. Students use critical thinking and team
Subjects:
U.S. History, Gifted and Talented, Critical Thinking
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Games, Cooperative Learning
$15.00
7 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
21 Chips is a fun classroom game where players alternate turns using strategy to be the last to take chips. I use 21 Chips it at the end of the day or end of the class as a challenge. I, of course, claim that I’m just lucky when I win every
Subjects:
Math, Applied Math, Basic Operations
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$2.25
5 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
Foster creativity and challenge your students to make a craft stick arch bridge This hands-on activity turns out an impressive arch bridge for your students to experiment with! Use STEM and Engineering Design principles to create and possibly alter
Subjects:
Science, Critical Thinking, Engineering
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Science Centers
$3.50
8 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
These three leaf templates come easy to print on letter, legal and tabloid size. They will help you create leaves for your classroom rainforest more efficiently. Simply download the PDF files, print, cut and hang! For a full unit on tropical rain
Subjects:
Environment, Geography, Gifted and Talented
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Unit Plans, Activities
$3.00
5 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
Explore polymers and suspensions in your science classroom. Begin this lesson with an impressive teacher demonstration, then follow up with three student experiments. Use this download as an introduction to your students of polymers and suspensions
Subjects:
Science, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Laboratory, Minilessons
$3.25
7 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
Air Pressure III is an inexpensive and easy way to demonstrate air pressure in your classroom. By pressurizing a container, it will force liquid out. Your kids will be rolling on the floor with laughter and begging you to do this over and over!
Subjects:
Science, Basic Principles, General Science
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff
$3.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
Make a constellation star map on your playground! Playground Planetarium: The Constellations is a hands-on activity designed to be used across the curriculum by incorporating STEAM / STEM in the classroom. Get your kids out of their desks and
Subjects:
Geometry, Measurement, Astronomy
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$5.50
6 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
Create your own Balsa Wood Airplanes using this simple 8-step tutorial. Students from second to eighth grade will enjoy creating a masterpiece while also modifying their planes to fly farther or even loop! You and your students will have fun while
Subjects:
Science, Physics, Problem Solving
Grades:
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$1.50
3 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
Beginner Level 1 Circuit - Easy, Impressive, we provide links for all the items you need (cheap & they ship very quickly!). Fill your classroom with these cards of joy! DeLIGHT your children and their parents! Light up your classroom (and your
Subjects:
Basic Principles, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$5.25
3 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
Electrify Your Valentine by making an inexpensive LED light up and pop-up Valentine's Day Card! We love this project and think you and your students will too! Light up your classroom (and your children’s faces) with this radiant lighted
Subjects:
Basic Principles, Gifted and Talented, Valentine's Day
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$5.25
6 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
This hands-on activity will give your students a great idea of the principles of Scientific Method, independent, dependent, and controlled variables. Use this activity to help students understand Scientific Method before a science fair or as a
Subjects:
Measurement, Basic Principles, Physical Science
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Science Centers
$6.00
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By Brain Brigade
Why isn’t Dry Ice Wet? And Other Frostbite Favorites 8 Science Experiments using Dry Ice (CO2) in your classroom. I’ve used dry ice in my classroom for many years. It never fails to amaze my students. It is a great tool for teaching the concepts
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Fun Stuff, Laboratory, Science Centers
$6.50
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By Brain Brigade
Rocket Math includes step-by-step instructions to building and launching foam rockets. Your students collect, average and analyze the data to find the optimum launch angle. Included are a graphing template so that the instructor can enrich the
Subjects:
Geometry, Graphing, Measurement
Grades:
3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Laboratory
$5.50
3 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
Welcome to Brain Brigade Micro Society | Step-by-step instructions for creating a mock community in your fourth through eighth grade classroom. This is a system designed to help your students get a bit of experience in how our society and government
Subjects:
Civics, Government, Student Council
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Simulations, Cultural Activities
$15.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
Use sail cars in your classroom to teach: variables, gravity, force, friction, air pressure, budgeting, engineering design principles, and math concepts like measurement and speed. This inexpensive project provides an opportunity for your students
Subjects:
Critical Thinking, General Science, Problem Solving
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$4.50
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By Brain Brigade
Bring the best burger shop in town to your classroom! Brain Brigade's Hamburger Shack is a fun way for your students to practice basic math. Teach change-making to your students through this classroom simulation, too! The customer (one student)
Subjects:
Math, Basic Operations, Business
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Computation, Cooperative Learning
$4.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
Teach your students how to do mental math multiplication using this guide designed for students in grades 4-8. Included in this learning activity are step-by-step instructions and practice examples with an answer key for each practice set. Inside
Subjects:
Math, Mental Math
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Handouts, Math Centers
$5.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
Welcome to the Pi Day Spectacular! My students love celebrating Pi Day. Best of all, they never see it coming...calculating everything from Diameter, Radius, Circumference, Area and Volume of a Cylinder and under the ruse of fun! Pi Day is often
Subjects:
Algebra, Applied Math, Geometry
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Activities, Math Centers
$4.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
A printable poster for your classroom showing the layers of a tropical rain forest. Download is a high quality for printing. For a full unit on tropical rain forests with building instructions, photos, and extensions to your rainforest unit
Subjects:
Environment, Geography
Grades:
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Posters
$2.50
5 ratings
4.0
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By Brain Brigade
Make your own Constellation T-Shirt! 12 constellation patterns are sized and ready for use on your own t-shirt. You will also receive instructions for making t-shirts with your students and help with hosting your own constellation night. This
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Fun Stuff
$5.00
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

As an educator for the past 40 years and as Wisconsin’s 2003 Teacher of the Year I have languished over the lack of hands-on learning in our schools. In 2008, my daughter and I started Brain Brigade with the idea of bringing hands-on learning to every child particularly in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe that we need to get children and teachers out of their comfort zones by providing novel learning activities that challenge them and are applicable to real life. As teachers we need to awaken a child’s curiosity by providing dynamic learning experiences. There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing the eyes of a child sparkle after launching a rocket. This is what all learning should be about; children, who having a spark ignite a fire within, seek to discover more on their own.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

2003 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year 2002 Herb Kohl Fellowship Recipient 2001 Teacher of the Year, Neosho School, Neosho, WI 1993 Taught a graduate course, Lego® Logo, University of Wisconsin, Madison 1990 Developed and taught a graduate course, Integrating Environmental Education into the Curriculum, Aurora University 1988 Safari Club International Award Awarded tuition grant for outdoor education seminar, Jackson Hole, WY 1980 Developed and coordinated Outdoor Education Program-Neosho Middle School, Neosho, WI

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Master of Education - National College of Education Evanston, IL B.A. Elementary Education – 1973 Concordia Teacher’s College Seward, NE A.A. - Concordia College Milwaukee, WI

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

As a newly retired teacher I have been cataloging my classroom resources designed to bring hands-on learning to every student and sharing them here with you. I also lead after school programs, tutoring and summer camps. We blog at BrainBrigade.org. I spend my spare time with my wonderful wife, four daughters, three sons-in-law, five grandchildren, and even more grand-dogs. I love gardening and traveling. My wife and I are always up for an adventure! Whether walking 70 miles in a weekend or piling our grandkids into our car and taking them for a road trip – we are up for the challenge!

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