Feed Your Brain - With Science

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In this worksheet, students will work on their skills with calculating density. The worksheet includes a variety of problems -Calculate the density of a box, given its dimensions and mass -Calculate the density of an irregular object, given
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This worksheet provides 40 practice problems over balancing equations. They range in difficulty from simple (already balanced) to very challenging. I have the worksheet set up so MOST of the challenging ones are on the second page. I have my
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This worksheet includes many metric conversion problems for students to hone their skills. An answer key is included. I typically assign this as homework (after lots of practice in class), and give students free access to the answer key, so they
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In this worksheet, students practice some basic skills surrounding atoms. How many protons, neutrons, or electrons do they have? What are their atomic masses and atomic numbers? They practice these skills by filling information into a table. I
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Metric conversions is often taught in a way that's confusing to many students. It involved multiplying or dividing by 10 repeatedly, or multiplying or dividing by 10, 100, 1000, 10000, etc. This document simplifies this process, using the
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This worksheet (with an optional companion video!) has students practice the skill of taking a chemical formula, and determining the elements int he formula, as well as the number of atoms of each. This skill is critical to any higher level
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In this worksheet, students are asked to demonstrate knowledge of a variety of forces and motion topics, including: -Speed -Combined forces (in one dimension) -Newton's Laws -Friction The focus of the worksheet is the forces portion (Newton's
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I like to add foldable notes to my curriculum whenever possible. Getting the notes into a comp book is great, but for many students, having the more visual, hands-on notes are more useful for review, and test prep. This item features notes over
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In this worksheet, students will be asked to: -Identify whether an example is a chemical change, or a physical change, then defend their answer (signs of a reaction, or explanation of why it's not) (9 questions) -Fill in some missing words in
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In this lab, students investigate a device called a "clucking chicken". Through their experimentation, students look at how vibrations travel from particle to particle to create sound, The investigation also looks at how varying the energy input
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In this worksheet, covering the topics of speed and acceleration, students are asked to complete 23 questions, ranging from direct calculations (here's your distance, here's your time) to simple story problems. In addition, two bonus questions are
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In this 9-day-long project, students work as a team to construct a large roller coaster out of foam pipe insulation The project progresses through multiple stages: -Small-scale testing -Designing the full scale coaster (on paper), based on the
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In this straightforward worksheet, students are given a written chemical reaction, and asked to identify whether it's an example of synthesis, decomposition, single displacement, or double displacement. This worksheet would work well with a
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In this worksheet, students look at how energy doesn't come from nowhere, and how energy isn't lost....but rather changes forms in a system. Students work through examples such as a flashlight that's been turned on, a moving foot kicking a soccer
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In this lab, students look at the conversion between gravitational potential energy (PEgrav) and Kinetic Energy (KE). In addition, they look at the Law of Conservation of Energy, determining where their marble coaster "loses" mechanical
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In this lab, 8 different common household "chemicals" (various juices and cleaners) are tested to determine: -Are they an acid or a base? -How strong are they relative to one another? Students will use litmus paper to do their initial test, then
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This item is a nicely put together metric ruler, which can be printed on card stock. Students can then cut and tape it, to giving each student a foldable meter stick that they can keep in their binders for use throughout the year. I created this
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Duration: 11:30 + 4:30 Quality: 1080p Metric conversions can be challenging for many students. I use the "Stairstep" method with my middle school students, with great success. I am offering these videos as a tool to use in conjunction with my
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This simple lab has students collect data by rolling two dice, creating a data table to show how many times each side of the die showed up, then turn this data into a bar graph. The lab tells the students to use their graphing formulas, which can
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In this lab, students are tasked with building a simple circuit, then comparing it to a series circuit, to identify the differences. They are then asked to build a parallel circuit, again, looking at the differences between the types. In my class,
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching middle school physical science since 2004. In our class, we cover the basic concepts of physics and chemistry. These concepts are great baseline or refresher information for high school physical science, chemistry, and physics.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I implement a wide variety of styles into my lessons, ranging from direct instruction to hands-on labs. I believe that allowing students to experience the science in different ways allows them to better learn the material.

While the rigor in the classroom is high, I include as much humor and life connections as I can, which greatly increases student engagement.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Really, the greatest honor I receive from my profession is getting the students to push themselves through the "I don't get it" stage, to the point where their face lights up, they say (usually shout) "I get it now!", and they're up, helping other kids figure it out.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS - Oregon State University - General Science
MS - Oregon State University - Science Education

I currently hold 48 graduate credits beyond my master's degree, focusing mostly on classroom and time management. 5th-12th Grade Integrated Science Endorsement
Mid-Level Multiple Subject Endorsement

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In addition to teaching, and spending time with my family, I enjoy mountain biking, running, and working with computers.

From high school graduation, until I got married (ten years), I worked during my summers as an engine operator, and squad boss for the US Forest Service, fighting wildfires throughout the Western U.S. My days of doing that are over now, but I have molded that love for fire into a fun elective class, where I teach my students the basics of wildland firefighting.

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