Mike Mckee
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Science is not meant to be studied, it is meant to be done!
 
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Students make a "glob' of colored gummy candies, then use it to determine which atom they created, and learn how to get information from the periodic table. This is an inquiry activity and is an introduction to the periodic table, atoms, electrons,
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Students know all matter is made of atoms, which may combine to form molecules. Students will construct molecules out of gum drop atoms and compare the structures of the molecules the students predicted to the actual structures.
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Students will use simple materials to determine the difference between a physical and chemical change.
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Students explore the difference between heat and temperature. The free version is the full student worksheet. The pay version has all the notes for this lab, with expected results and background information. This work is licensed under the
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Description: Students will drop marbles into a pan of flour from various heights to see the effect of gravity on the marble. Florida Sunshine State Standard(s): SC.1.E.5.2 Explore the Law of Gravity by demonstrating that Earth's gravity
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Students will describe the role of gravity in the formation of objects in the solar system and the paths of objects in the solar system. California State Standard(s): SC.8.4.e. Students know the appearance, general composition, relative
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Since the distances are vast in the solar system and between stars, astronomers have created various units to represent these large distances. They use them only because they are easier to use and they are agreed upon quantities. Students
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Students construct an egg drop and this lab requires that they find the speed of impact and assess the qualities that made the egg break.
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Students use popcycle sticks of various lengths to find the resultant vector. You will need to prepare a set of popcycle sticks with vectors drawn on them so that the students can do this lab.
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The Hertzsprung-Russell (H-R) diagram is a graph that is widely used in astronomy to categorize and graph stars. The plot is made by assuming that all stars are at a set distance of 10 parsecs (32.6 light years) from earth. By doing this,
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Description: Students will count the number of stars in 2 pictures that are the same but at different sizes. Florida Sunshine State Standard(s): SC.1.E.5.1 Observe and discuss that there are more stars in the sky than anyone can easily count
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The inquiry design diagram is a graphic organizer to help students as they conduct inquiry based lessons. Since inquiry can be somewhat open, this is a way for the students to organize themselves during a lab and keeps the teacher from getting
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This is an inquiry based lesson in which the students have to find the amount of carbon dioxide in a can of soda. The handout is the activity sheet given to students, with space to record procedures and data. This work is licensed under the
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The students will explore the effect of pushing magnets together and storing energy in the magnetic field that surrounds a set of magnets.
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Description: Students will create slime to determine how mass is conserved and observable properties change during a chemical reaction. California State Standard(s): SC.8.5.b. Students know the idea of atoms explains the conservation of
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Students will examine images from an electron microscope to discover that atoms and molecules in solids are organized into repeating patterns.
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Florida Sunshine State Standard(s): SC.1.L.16.1. Make observations that plants and animals closely resemble their parents, but variations exist among individuals within a population.
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How do we determine if a substance is acidic, basic, or neutral? Description: California State Standard(s): SC.8.5.e. Students know how to determine whether a solution is acidic, basic, or neutral. Student Materials (per group)
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This is a project in which students have to build the strongest electromagnet and identify the factors that influenced the strength. The rubric that is part of this activity gives direction to the design of their presentation. This work is
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Description: Students will examine pictures of various landforms and identify characteristics of each land form. California State Standard(s): SC.K.3.a. Students know characteristics of mountains, rivers, oceans, valleys, deserts, and local
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have 22 years of teaching experience and curriculum development, having taught in high school for most of that time. I have extensive experience in teacher professional development primarily with middle and elementary school teachers. Most of the professional development is geared toward an inquiry approach to teaching and learning, with a great deal of emphasis of changing the beliefs of appropriate instruction that will maximize student achievement. I am the state director for the Florida Science Olympiad, which specializes in team based science competitions for elementary, middle, and high school students. Finally, I am the director for undergraduate programs at the University of Central Florida in the College of Optics and Photonics.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Scientific inquiry is the best way to teach and learn because it engages students in their own critical thinking and problem solving. Instead of teachers "telling" students what to do, the students construct their own meaning from the lessons. I utilize an ABC - CBV approach: Activity Before Concept, Concept Before Vocabulary. This is an approach that is opposite of what most teachers traditionally use in their classrooms. However, it is most effective for student learning.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

*Radio Shack National Teacher Award, 2002 *Teacher of the Year, 1998 *Received multiple local grants and awards

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Masters of Science in Physics Education, University of Central Florida, 2006 Bachelor of Science in Physics Education, Ohio State University, 1990

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Can't find something? I also have videos and other items that I can make available upon request. I worked at a local television station and we produced about 15 shows that focused on many science concepts. Maybe one will work for you. Contact me and ask!