Ian Keith
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This is a good worksheet to follow up on the difference between Inference and Observation. Students read the statements and look at the scene on the back of the paper and then decide if the statement is an Inference or Observation. This activity
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This is great worksheet to show students how a seismologist would take the data from an earthquake and plot it on a map. The coordinates clearly map out the boundaries of the Ring of Fire. You might have to spend a little time teaching the students
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This is a fun lab to show the students the process of osmosis. They love this lab because they get to use Gummy Worms, even though they cannot eat them (I usually buy extra gummy worms so they can eat them the next day when they do their second
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This is one of my favorite activities! The students really have a lot of fun with this lesson. After a brief talk about how the DNA in each of us is different, I relate that to how each food item has a different bar code as well. I use bar codes
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You can use this activity to introduce or reinforce the learning of a Dichotomous Key. Each student picks their own animal and they must identify the animal using the Invertebrate Dichotomous Key. When they have identified their animal, they make a
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This is a great tool to help the students learn the different organelles and their functions. I use this handout in our computer lab. You can use it to introduce the functions of the cell's organelles or as a formative assessment. This activity
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Do you want your students to be able to visualize how an earthquake wave travels through the Earth? Do you want to get outside to do a fun lab? This one is a lot of fun! You just need to make sure you have enough slinkys! : )
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The students draw the 6 main steps of Mitotic Cell Division. Interphase, Mitosis, which is comprised of 4 phases, and Cytokinesis. They color code the different parts, such as the nuclear membrane and chromosomes, and then label the major event that
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The Radioactive Decay Rates worksheet is designed to help students understand how to read a Radioactive Decay Rate graph and to help students understand Half Lives. I use this worksheet after I have talked about absolute dating versus relative
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Students will be able to compare onion cells to cheek cells in this microscope lab. The students have already completed microscope lab #2 so they are familiar with making their own slide. I first make sure that I get parent permission because each
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This is my favorite microscope lab because the students really get to see organisms swimming around in the water. I ask the students to bring in water samples from water sources around their neighborhood. Make sure to tell them that you don't want a
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This is the lab that I use to introduce the light microscope. The first part of the lab focuses on the proper procedures of using a microscope. Each student has to fill out the procedures section before they can start working on the field of view
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Here's a formative assessment on the process of Scientific Inquiry. There are 5 short answer questions based on information given in a data table. This is a good assessment to see if they know the basics of Scientific Inquiry. A key is included.
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After the students have completed the first microscope lab, then they get to learn how to make their own slide. I give each student a piece of newspaper or a page from a phone book, and they cut out a very small letter (as small as they can
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This lab is designed to introduce students to the topic of Scientific Inquiry. Students predict how many drops of water will fit on a penny. I walk around the room to make sure everybody is doing the exact same thing because the one variable that is
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Each student is given a different karyotype. Based on that karyotype, and the table of mutations, the student draws a beetle with the listed mutations. There are 8 different karyotypes so you will have 8 differently mutated beetles. This activity
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This is an interactive web quest in which the students cross pollinate or self pollinate pea plants. You can select pea plants with certain traits to see what the offspring will look like. You can then try to determine which traits are dominant and
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This is a great activity to introduce students to the concept of classification. You can also use it as an assessment. Students cut out paper shapes and group them according to physical characteristics. Then they name each group based on those
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This PowerPoint is designed to help students read a Triple Beam balance using actual pictures of a Triple Beam Balance. This activity supports Grade Seven California State Science Standard 7A - Select and use appropriate tools and technology
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This lab is designed as a follow up to the Penny Lab Day 1. It explores the variables (manipulated) that can have an effect on how many drops of water will fit on a penny. It's a great formative assessment to see how much they know about controlled
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I taught Math my first year and have been teaching 7th Grade Life Science for 13 years... I absolutely love it! The California 7th Grade Science curriculum is my favorite! I am also the ASB advisor and the Tech Coordinator. I have attended many conferences and workshops with the intention of looking for better and more interesting lessons. I have completed two years of character education training and was a coach/mentor for the teachers at my school that were going through their first year of character education training. I am working in becoming a Google Certified Teacher.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I like to do direct instruction at first and then let the students explore on their own. Sometimes I switch and let the students try to figure stuff out first then I go back and fill in the blanks, if any! I am comfortable with a loud class as long as the noise stems from cooperative group work and collaboration.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I don't have any official awards but I always have a line out the door during Open House!! My reward is having my students come back and tell me how much my class has helped them in High School! : )

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I received my BS in Biology at UNR (University of Nevada - Reno) and I received my Teaching Credential at CSUF (Cal State Univ - Fullerton)

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I originally wanted to be a veterinarian but found out through tutoring Biology and Chemistry at UNR that I really enjoyed working with the other students instead!! Teaching is definitely my calling!!