Rainwater's Ranch of Resources

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Understanding the events along a membrane that lead to an action potential can be very confusing for students. I use this interactive hands-on activity as an introduction to what happens. It allows me to be more of a facilitator and help groups
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In my anatomy and physiology class, I have students follow this step by step activity to formatively assess their understanding of simple directional terms. They love it!
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In this project, students are challenged to design a working model of the heart and to engage in the engineering design cycle. Students must reflect on their process and present their finished models at the end. Rubrics and scaffolds are included.
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In this activity, students work to become an expert on a certain tissue type by collecting information from digital resources and microscope slides. If you don't have the slides, you can order them from Carolina.com or you can search for sources
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This guide is meant to be used with the NIH online web animations about neuron communication. It's a great way to introduce students to neurotransmitters and basics of neurotransmission. It is meant to be done before teaching about action
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This is a fun experiment I do with my students after they have learned about negative feedback systems. I challenge them to test a way to bring their bodies back to "normal" after exercise. They get the option of testing blood pressure,
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Learning about how the nephrons in the kidney maintain osmoregulation can be very challenging for students to learn. I use this chart to help students solidify their understanding of what is happening in each part of the nephron. Students explore
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I use this interactive group & class activity to formatively assess their understanding of not only the parts of the digestive system, but what HAPPENS in each major section. Students must model emulsification, mechanical digestion, chemical
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In this activity, students use an online virtual fly mating lab to cross flies and infer how traits are passed on (dominant, recessive, sex-linked, etc). This is a great activity to do after students have already learned about patterns of
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I created this activity to be used with the free 3D Brain app that can be downloaded to any device. This is a great interactive opportunity for students to use their knowledge about different parts of the brain in determining why certain symptoms
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In this activity, students use pipe cleaners and beads to model the structure of antibodies and how three different genes can produce so much variation in antibiodies. A great activity for the immune system!
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I created this activity to help my students meet performance expectation (HS-LS2-8) about how group behavior is selected for by natural selection. I do this activity after students have had time with natural selection and we have explored various
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In this group activity, students use information on how substances are moving in a nephron to construct an explanation of how a nephron can create concentrated urine from blood plasma. Materials needed include large butcher paper (you could modify
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After each group project I do in class, I have my students fill out this form to give me feedback on who did what, etc.
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This is a great multi-day lesson for higher level biology classes. The activity focuses around a large research project from the University of Washington which studied multiple factors that play into why some people start and keep smoking
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In this classroom activity, most all of your students will assume the role of an organism in an ecosystem. Using the rules of the game, students "experience" how bioaccumulation can occur and the buildup of toxic substances can accumulate at higher
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After a unit of learning about what causes cells to become cancerous, I invite my students put together a public informational video about one of the many treatments for cancer. The rubric provided gives details about what must be included in their
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In this lab, I challenge my students to come up with a treatment to save individuals with a genetic disorder that leaves them very susceptible to damage from UV radiation. I do this lab after I have already taught about tissues and cancer. All the
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I use this worksheet as a formative assessment tool to assess my students understanding of the events that happen to cause an action potential to occur in a neuron after transmission across the synapse.
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These are instructions to help students to navigate through the cocaine virtual neuroscience lab from Mind Lab. This lab leads students through a virtual lab which uses rats to investigate the role of dopamine in synapses. It's awesome! Students
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching science for 16 years. I have taught IB level biology, as well astronomy, environmental science, chemistry and physics. My passion is teaching biology though. I also teach human physiology and a college in the high school course on neurobiology and addiction. Currently, I am the secondary science specialist for our district, where I organize and deliver professional development for teachers around NGSS and problem based learning.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Hands-on. I rarely lecture in my class. My style is very interactive and I need my students to be "working"! My classroom is set up for group work and enlist many different strategies and activities to facilitate effective group work in my classroom.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Amgen Science Teaching Award - 2012

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

University of Washington - BS in Biology - 1997 Western Washington University - Masters in Secondary Education -1999 National Board Certification in Science - 2012

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World traveler and animal lover!

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