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Probability Fun & Games reinforces the concepts of: addition, prediction, graphing, fractions, decimals, and percents through three fun activities. Your students will be on the fast track to learning basic math skills. The packet include three
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The Craft Stick Truss Bridge Tutorial will challenge your students while fostering creativity. This STEM activity turns out an impressive truss bridge for your students to experiment with! This project can be used for students from second to eighth
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In this Brain Brigade classroom learning center students will manage a $1000 inheritance in an attempt to parlay it into riches. Strike It Rich uses Common Core State Standards to help students learn graphing, calculating a balance, subtraction, and
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Help your students get creative with this STEM activity. Rev up their imaginations by creating classroom roller coasters that demonstrate the concepts of potential energy, kinetic energy, motion, friction and momentum using inexpensive materials.
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Make a Windowsill Garden in your classroom! Your students will learn how to make their own windowsill hydroponic garden while learning about pH, plants, root development, metric measurement, and producing their own food. This guide introduces you to
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Apollo 13 is a classroom activity designed to help your students learn giving and listening to exact instructions, and team building skills. Apollo 13 has language arts, science and math applications. Your students will replicate the REAL Apollo 13
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Engage your students with these three simple, but impressive, demonstrations of Bernoulli's Principle using a few inexpensive materials. Your students may not be able to see air, but they will begin to understand the effect that air has on airplanes
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Explore atmospheric pressure and vacuums with this hilarious science prank. Air Pressure II is the second in a series of simple, cheap, and impressive (and ) air pressure experiments for your classroom. This download will walk you step-by-step
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Explore evaporation, condensation, air pressure, and vacuums. This download will walk you step-by-step through one simple and impressive air pressure experiment for your science classroom. All you need are a few inexpensive supplies. Your students
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Diaper Dissection is a hands-on activity to understanding how sodium polyacrylate works in a diaper. Your students will use scales, measuring and solving equations building upon basic science and math concepts in relation to finding the mass.
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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Veintiuno is a challenging game that can be used in English or Spanish. Students need to problem solve and determine the pattern to win the game. It’s a difficult game because the kids must figure out the pattern in their minds without seeing any
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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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
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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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