Nick Zurga

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This is not a comprehensive list, but it contains many science fair ideas your students may find interesting. I hand these out when we assign science research projects. Over 150 project ideas are listed by category in this new and improved
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This page includes two identical place value charts. Places range from thousandths to billions. The number groups are labeled as well. Very effective if you laminate them and have students use dry erase markers to write numbers. Hint: teacher or
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Activities for Top Secret by John Reynolds Gardiner. Includes comprehension questions for each chapter, a final project, and a written test.
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This ready-made project guides students in completing a fact-filled PowerPoint presentation on a famous scientist or inventor. A list of 44 modern day and historical scientists, both men and women, is provided along with a brief description of each
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Like version 1, this is a 100 point rubric that allows you to thoroughly and fairly evaluate a students' science research project. This version has been slighlty modified for use by science fair judges. Complies with ISEF regualtions.
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This game is based on the classic board game, "Battleship." Instead of calling out letter-number coordinates students call out latitude and longitude coordinates. Each student gets two grids and a crayon. Grids can be copied in two colors to
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This document includes summaries, questions, vocabulary, and activities for chapters in Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. For teacher or student use, depending on the age group.
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You know celery absorbs water stained with food coloring, but does adding salt to the water have any effect on the outcome? Students explore this question with this simple experiment that focuses on experimental design and quantitative and
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This document contains questions and activities for most units of The Cay by Theodore Taylor. I am keeping this in Word format so you may add to it as needed.
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This is a highly motivating project for students. I used it at the end of the year, but it could be used at any point during the school year. Basically, the students create an autobiography in the form of a scrapbook. When they are finished we
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This is a comprehensive, step by step guide to completing a science fair project. Follows the scientific method and complies with International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) guidelines. If you find this document useful, please check out my
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This weather unit in notebook form includes journal questions, weather facts, websites, and teacher demonstrations. It provides an overview of basic foundational weather concepts including air pressure, wind, moisture in the atmosphere, seasons,
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This is a 100 point rubric that allows you to thoroughly and fairly evaluate a students' science research project. It is recommended that you give this to the students when you assign the project so they know what is expected of them.
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This checklist allows you to evaluate a student's writing on the domains of focus, content, organization, style, conventions, and the writing process. Subcategories for each domain make this extremely thorough and complete!
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Easy to use checklist for students participating in peer conferencing during writer’s workshop.
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This is my complete homework policy. This is a Word document. I have highlighted information you may need or want to change to suit your needs. It includes not only my homework expectations for students, but also a description of my weekly
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.Students record their daily weather observations on this chart
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This form has two pages that list almost every type of writing. It can be used as a writer’s portfolio cover or checklist, however I use it to jog my memory about all of the different types of writing I can assign my students!
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If you like lists, you’ll appreciate the Teacher’s Essential Supplies Inventory. It contains an alphabetized list of basic classroom supplies every teacher and student should have. The list is divided into the following categories: Teacher,
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This student self-evaluation form for writing includes the five domains of writing - focus, organization, content, style, and conventions and reflection questions for each domain. There are also suggestions on what to do to improve in areas that
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching at the elementary and middle level for 22 years, mostly fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. My favorite subjects to teach are math and science. During the summer I teach environmental education concepts through stream studies and nature camps done in an outdoor setting. I also conduct wilderness survival and emergency preparedness classes for both children and adults.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in creating a culture of mutual respect in my classroom. I model the behaviors I want my students to demonstrate. My discipline style is neither permissive nor autocratic. It is democratic (firm and respectful). I have a knack for creating a positive rapport with my students. I believe my passion for teaching sets a positive tone in my classroom. The lesson plans, resources, and activities I create are relevant, meaningful, and student-centered.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1992. Master of Education from West Chester University, 1999. Post- Master's graduate course work completed from University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, St. Joseph's University, and Immaculata University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I live in suburban Philadelphia with my wife, son, and daughter and our three dogs. In my free time I enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, biking and reading.

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