DON THOMSENS MAGIC BEAUTIFUL MYSTERIOUS SCIENCE
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Remember making a phone by connecting two cans with a string, and talking through them? This project is an excellent opportunity to teach how sound travels through matter. Cans may be used, but large plastic cups work better. Paper cups are another
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This is a unit-by-unit set of worksheets. Each chapter worksheet includes questions used to review and check for comprehension. A vocabulary work sheet requires definitions for topical words within the chapters, along with creating sentences using
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Are your students still confused about conduction, convection, or radiation? Transfer of energy is a basic concept of physical science. It applies to almost every Science field, and therefore must be included as a necessary component of any Science
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"March of the Penguins" is an award winning documentary, which lends itself to units about birds, migration, social living, environment, etc. Answering questions for this worksheet requires only listening and watching the video, while filling in the
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This is a 47 answer worksheet. Matching, questions, and labeling make this worksheet a complete review of skeletal system anatomy. Great for any situation covering human anatomy, homework, classwork, or projected for class discussion. Answers are
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Put some excitement in your science class. Thar She Blows is a chemical reaction lab using common materials (vinegar and baking soda). It seems like every science class does this experiment. However, this lab is written in easiy-to-follow,
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Kids have a hard time visualizing energy levels. This worksheet will help you teach your students about atomic energy levels. Let them choose the element. Then, they place the protons, neutrons, and electrons onto the proper energy shell. It's fun,
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My Bill Nye worksheets are brief, 10-15 keystone questions which require only listening and watching the video, while filling in the blank. Answers are in order. Students will often be inattentive to videos. The worksheets direct careful listening
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REFLECTION, REFRACTION FIBER OPTIC, SPECTRUM LAB These three labs are designed to be used in a light unit. They can be used separately or as one lab. Students will have first hand experience experimenting with mirrors, fiber optics and spectrums.
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Put some art and crafts into your science class. Students will research an element of their choice. Then they will write a 1 page report about it, make a Bohr model, and finally build a three dimensional model of the atom. Visualizing atoms and
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This worksheet is designed to make conduction, convection and radiation apply to the real life situation of cooking. It does so with a great dose of humor as you can inject teachers' names. The recipe and its animations are ridiculous, a bit gross,
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It's really hard to teach students about the age of the Earth, much less the universe. This project provides a visual depiction of the geologic evolution of the universe, Earth and its creatures. Use a 25' piece of adding machine tape or the 12.5'
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Elements' names and symbols can be confusing and tedious to remember. Often their names sound like common, everyday words. This activity puts element names and symbols into a short, silly story. It's fun finding the names from the element list,
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Fill your pocket with Gummy Bears and you will find they grow in size and get sticky. How does that happen? This experiment will teach kids about changes in volume, mass, and density due to absorption of water. Your fun will be keeping them from
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This a 31 slide power point show designed to make conduction, convection and radiation apply to the real life situation of cooking. It does so with a great dose of humor as you can inject teachers' names. The slides are ridiculous, a bit gross, and
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This is a great lab for teaching the concepts of convection, conduction, and radiation. Kids will be immersed in experimenting with brief and simple tests on numerous pieces of equipment. Each section is followed with review questions. Students can
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My Bill Nye worksheets are brief, 10-15 keystone questions which require only listening and watching the video, while filling in the blank. Answers are in order. Students will often be inattentive to videos. The worksheets direct careful listening
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This worksheet allows students to work independently, cooperatively, with a coordinated lab, or as teacher guided practice. There are 35 problems and a fill in chart used to assign materials to 4 states of matter. The worksheet begins by reviewing
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This activity works as an introduction/practice for Scientific Method labs of Science Fair projects. Based on the effects of air pressure it is a simple and fun way of learning both Scientific Method and air pressure. A hover craft will be built by
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Kids love to play with static electricity. This lab tells and shows them how it works. You don't have to be a science teacher to use this project to teach static. It introduces friction, charges, and the Law of Magnetism. Experimenting with static,
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I began teaching "shop" in 1970. After 12 years I began picking up occasional assignments in Science, Reading, Math, PE, Graphic Arts, Semantics, etc. By my 20th year I had evolved into a Science teacher with occasional alternative subject assignment. I spent the remainder of my 42 year career pioneering and promoting SPED and ESOL mainstreaming programs in Science, even prior to IDEA mandates.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I gave up on manufactured textbooks in the 90"s. My desire to complementary unitized texts was lost when publishers began using several uncoordinated books for presentation. Teacher expertise in the subject was substituted for administration of prescribed, "canned" lessons. Therefore, I began using slide shows to present concepts and units. Fortunately my knowledge of Science allows me to animate and embellish the concepts of the subject units, often without aid of additional reference. My foundation in Industrial Science has been solid in forming hands-on Science and reading lessons, production of demonstration and lab materials, and test equipment, and forming useful, meaningful, and entertaining class activities. I have always felt that people who state that their hardest subject was Science, were not instructed using methods kids relate to and understand. Therefore I use the "sneak up on them" approach to teaching. As they have fun in my class they are learning but don't realize I'm directing that to happen. My goal is to have students leave with an abundance of Scientific information, problem solving skills, analyzing and reasoning skills, and with the view that Science is their favorite subject. My purpose as an educator is to challenge students to think and be responsible, and to provide them with the skills necessary for survival in the ever-changing world of the twenty-first century. To survive, they will need to be able to think critically and creatively, while working cooperatively to solve problems. Science is the perfect mechanism for developing these skills. Science also provides the unique opportunity of having fun, as they learn. Thus, the purpose of my science class is to use human drama and magic of Science as a tool to support students in the development of skills that will lead to a lifetime of achievement.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have earned numerous in building accolades as well as nomination for the Disney American Teacher Award.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Colorado State University with a BS (Industrial Science) in 1970. University of Northern Colorado 1983 with a MA (industrial Technology) and endorsement in Special Education and Vocational Education.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Married for 46 years, I have two children and four grandchildren. My family is education oriented with both my daughter and daughter-in-law, and more than a few cousins being educators. We all have strong philosophies and commitments to producing the best educational opportunities possible for our students.

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