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This is a great hands-on activity about paired muscles. In this activity, students will build a model using materials you have in your class. The one exception is that you probably don't have long "balloon animal" balloons or a balloon pump in your
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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This activity is always a hit with the students, and I love it, too. It is an excellent demonstration of the density of liquids and how density affects buoyancy. Students will calculate the densities of five liquids and then hypothesize what will
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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This is the worksheet I use with Bill Nyeâ€™s Earthâ€™s Crust DVD. It is a little more in depth than the questions that come with the video, and it gives students something to focus on as they are watching, rather than waiting for the end to try to
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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This project is an excellent way to end a unit on graphing and statistics. You will need to have covered the calculation of range including minimum and maximum values, mean, median, and mode. In addition, students will need to know how to make a
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
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This is a great activity to incorporate an artistic element into your science work. Each student is assigned an element and they are to create a diagram or picture showing the protons, neutrons, and electrons (in their shells). You may decide how
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
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This is a great way to introduce a unit on taxonomy, the diversity of life, and the six kingdoms of living organisms. This is a group activity, but it could be done individually as well. I am including the full directions below so you can get an
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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6 ratings
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This is my favorite engineering project, EVER. It worked wonderfully. The students were engaged every step of the way. It was accessible and easy for them to evaluate their success. They were motivated to improve their designs, and for the more
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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This is the question sheet I use with Bill Nye's Electrical Current DVD. Between watching the video, answering the questions, and sharing answers, this is enough material to fill one class. The DVD comes with a quiz as well, but it is a bit basic
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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5 ratings
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This is a great first lab for an electricity unit. I like to give students a little background about the Periodic Table of Elements before starting electricity. This is so I can let them know that electricity is made up of particles with mass called
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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7 ratings
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For this activity, give each student the binomial and a photo of an organism to research. Know that this activity relies on the use of computers to research each organism. Despite the limitations of Wikipedia, the entries for each species include
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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This is my version of a well-known activity: seeing how many drops of water will fit on the top of a penny before it overflows. This is a great introduction to the scientific process of testing a hypothesis. The lab report includes directions and a
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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3 ratings
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This activity is meant to explain some of the science behind how geologists use data from seismometers around the world as evidence of the Earthâ€™s solid core. Earthquakes occur within the Earthâ€™s crust. Keep in mind that if the Earth were an apple,
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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3 ratings
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I love any activity that allows students to observe and experience the basic concepts being discussed. This is just such an activity. Rather than telling students the difference between series and parallel circuits, they see for themselves by
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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In this activity, students work with small construction-paper squares to model the reactions of both photosynthesis and respiration. There is nothing here that you couldnâ€™t tell them and show them, but I think it is more effective to have them
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
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1 rating
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After introducing the Periodic Table of Elements, I assign this sheet as homework. It is meant to get the students looking around the table and familiarizing themselves with some of the names of the elements. For a few of the questions you will need
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This is a great companion to the Respiration Rate Lab. In this activity, students hypothesize about the changes to their heart rates before and after exercise. Before you begin, you will need to help students find a way to count their heart rate.
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I like any activity in which the students experience the subject matter rather than just observe it or hear about it. In this activity, students observe changes to their respiration rates following exercise. I have done this activity on a day when
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2 ratings
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This is short math activity that is well placed in a discussion of the four basic operations. You could use it as a mini-lesson and have your students try to come up with rules of their own. You could consider this as an activity for a substitute
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4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
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1 rating
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This project is always a hit with students, and it is how I finish up our unit on Ecology and Taxonomy. I give a final assessment as well, but this project alone, with the accompanying reflection questions, could serve as a final assessment. For
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th
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2 ratings
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This lab benefits from access to the outdoors (more than just a playing field, although there may be more diversity there than you think). Students will need to search in flower beds, fields of wildflowers or weeds, and some variety of trees. This
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3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching math and science to academically-gifted students for the past ten years. Prior to that, I worked as a consulting engineer doing field studies and permitting for major public-works projects in New England and the mid-Atlantic states. My students worked at a level one or two years above that of their age group peers, so some of the material I use with my fourth graders might be equally well suited for fifth or sixth graders.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I endeavor to share my enthusiasm for math, science, and engineering with my students. It is critical that students see that their teachers find the material engaging and fun, and I do. Teaching has been a second childhood for me and a chance to develop activities that I would have enjoyed when I was in school. As much as possible, I want students to learn by doing, and experimenting, and making mistakes. In addition to that, though, I want my students to have the practical skills necessary to be good scientists and to have the ability to apply their math "tools" to the world around them.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

SENG honor roll, recognized for supporting the emotional needs of gifted students.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

As a child, I enjoyed school but I found more excitement in doing my own work in my free time. I made my way through every science-experiments-for-kids book in the library. I built my own toys, and took things apart to see how they worked. As a young adult, I attended the University of Masschusetts in Amherst and completed BS and MS degrees in Botany.

The one additional benefit I had growing up, aside from a good education, was to have been raised into a family of educators. Both of my parents were teachers, and they were both very handy and practical people. They taught me to build and fix things, to work on my car, help them with home repair, sew, garden, and cook. As a teacher, I look to find ways to build practical skills into my lessons, and I work to include my students' parents in building these skills. Most of the activities I will post can also be repeated and extended at home as family activities.

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