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By Chuck Downing
Student groups select one body system and design a complete area in the theme park, Human Body World. Each area must contain at least one ride, one other attraction, and assorted “theme park” regulars like a restaurant and gift shops. All
Subjects:
Science, Anatomy, Biology
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Cooperative Learning
$5.00
$4.49
8 ratings
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By Chuck Downing
This product has two distinct components. The PDF file, How to Graph Scientific Data, is an activity that takes students step-by-step through the process of making a scientific graph. From determining the best size for each axis to choosing the best
Subjects:
Science, Basic Principles
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Assessment
$3.00
7 ratings
3.9
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By Chuck Downing
Three PowerPoint Presentations introduce the concept of experimental design by using and critiquing three famous experiments from various times in science history. Each experiment is used to emphasize particular characteristics of both good and bad
Subjects:
Science, Biology, General Science
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations
$2.40
4 ratings
4.0
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By Chuck Downing
This activity contains a brief discussion (Temperature vs. Heat) about the differences between the concepts of temperature and heat. The included laboratory procedure (Hot Stuff? Too Cool!) is an open-ended investigation. Student teams use various
Subjects:
Chemistry, Earth Sciences, General Science
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Laboratory
$1.30
3 ratings
4.0
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By Chuck Downing
A “Who dun it” Performance Assessment for Chemistry & Other Chemical Displacement Activities contains four separate activities. Each can be used as a stand-alone task. Alternately, “mixing and matching” the activities is also a viable option. In
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Worksheets, Assessment, Laboratory
$3.29
4 ratings
4.0
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By Chuck Downing
The four labs in The Greenhouse Gas Collection provides background and experience on how the concentration of carbon dioxide can impact the temperature of our atmosphere. Lab #1, Taking Global Warming 2-Liter-ally, emphasizes experimental design as
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences, Environment
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Assessment, Laboratory
$5.50
3 ratings
4.0
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By Chuck Downing
Two activities and a review/reinforcement “game” are included. Students begin by producing their own Periodic Table Cards (essentially disassembled individual boxes from the PT) for each of the first twenty elements. Using those cards as tools,
Subjects:
Chemistry, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities
$2.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Chuck Downing
This performance assessment on introductory acid/base chemistry uses a scenario where high school students assist in determining water pollution by acids and bases. Individual students perform pH testing of samples. The student goal is
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Environment
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment
$1.95
2 ratings
4.0
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By Chuck Downing
Good teaching in general (and the Common Core Standards and NGSS) encourage/require interdisciplinary activities and lessons. Too many secondary teachers are unfamiliar with (could be read as frightened by) the concept and process. This activity
Subjects:
Science, Basic Principles, Chemistry
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Assessment, Laboratory
$1.50
3 ratings
4.0
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By Chuck Downing
A Problem-solving Activity Demonstrating Phylagenic/Evolutionary Relationships Students work alone or in pairs to determine phylagenic/evolutionary relationships in a group of hypothetical organisms: Globularia species. They place their decisions in
Subjects:
Science, Archaeology, Biology
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
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By Chuck Downing
This is one of a series of laboratory activities built on the 5-E approach. Each activity provides opportunities for students to ENGAGE ←→ EXPLORE ←→ EXPLAIN ←→ ELABORATE ←→ EVALUATE. This dry lab includes in-depth explanations. It offers a choice
Subjects:
Biology, General Science
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Homeschool Curricula, Activities, Laboratory
$2.99
1 rating
4.0
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By Chuck Downing
A Cooperative, Problem-solving, STEM-infused Activity. This is a group STEM activity that combines, cooperative decisions, research, writing, construction of a functional product, meeting deadlines, and presenting results. The Science is biology and
Subjects:
Biology, Physical Science, Engineering
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Higher Education
Types:
Projects, Assessment, Laboratory
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By Chuck Downing
Good teaching in general (and the Common Core Standards) encourage/require interdisciplinary activities and lessons. Too many secondary teachers are unfamiliar with (could be read as frightened by) the concept and process. This Engagement Explorer
Subjects:
Science, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Activities, Professional Documents
CCSS:
W.8.1, W.9-10.1, W.11-12.1
$2.00
2 ratings
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By Chuck Downing
A Pre-Lab, In-Lab, Post-Lab Procedure for All Science Classes. In this activity you will find a model for a laboratory report template that crosses disciplinary boundaries, causes students to think, and provides accountability for reading the
Subjects:
Science, Basic Principles
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Laboratory, Homework
$2.95
1 rating
4.0
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By Chuck Downing
The story of Lorel Sochet (an anagram for choLeSterol) provides an introduction to the human circulatory system. Major blood components are also included as anagrams—they perform their actual functions in the analogy. Students have a three-part
Subjects:
Science, Anatomy, Biology
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Activities
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By Chuck Downing
This article for teachers discusses rationale for, construction of, and use of additive rubrics. This type of rubric will assist in your implementation of Common Core types of activities and assessments. Examples are provided. Ruminating on
Subjects:
Science, For All Subject Areas, Tools for Common Core
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Assessment
$2.00
$1.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Chuck Downing
A recording system with descriptors for assessing skills across multiple science disciplines. This is a series of editable tables that quantify common skills in science classes. Teachers can score (and/or students can self-score) students across a
Subjects:
Science, Basic Principles
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Assessment
$0.95
1 rating
4.0
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By Chuck Downing
In this very creative logo, commissioned by Dr. Chuck Downing and designed by Alyssa Jacqueline Tethal, each letter has been replaced with a symbol representing one area of science. The S is a snake (zoology). The first C is Carbon's space on the
Subjects:
Science
Grades:
Not Grade Specific
Types:
Fun Stuff, Bulletin Board Ideas, Clip Art
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By Chuck Downing
This is one of a series of laboratory activities built on the 5-E approach. Each activity provides opportunities for students to ENGAGE ←→ EXPLORE ←→ EXPLAIN ←→ ELABORATE ←→ EVALUATE. In this dry lab, students examine an experimental set-up
Subjects:
Basic Principles, Biology, Environment
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Laboratory
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By Chuck Downing
Selling Science Concepts: Catalogs provides complete directions for student group production of three different catalogs where they describe invertebrate phyla, or parts of a cell or parts of a plant. Each catalog page must contain a sales pitch,
Subjects:
Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Higher Education, Homeschool
Types:
Cooperative Learning
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have 31 years of experience teaching high school biology, AP Biology, and integrated science. I have eight years of experience teaching General Education Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Students in my classes think. I provide guidelines and they do the work they need to do to learn.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

San Diego County Teacher of the Year Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Presidential Award for Science and Mathematics Teaching

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. in Biological Sciences - San Diego State University MA in Education - University of Redlands Ph.D. in Science Education - Walden University

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I have six lab/activity products marketed by Science Kit and Wards Biology. I have two lab/activity books (Cranial Creations) published by J. Weson Walch, Publishers. People's Education publishes: AP* Biology: Inquiry-Based Lab Investigations and Activities with Critical Thinking and Writing Skills. My first Science Fiction novel, "Traveler's HOTL," is published by Koehler Books. I am married with two outstanding sons and one adorable granddaughter. I retired from full-time teaching in June of 2012.

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