Ratelis Science

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Ratelis Science
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Activating the Scientist Within! Sharing resources I use in my 8th grade physical science classroom and as a middle school science team leader to promote instructional best practices in science and to share tools to help design lessons for the NGSS
 
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A set of four puzzles that have students practice critical thinking skills and apply concepts from NGSS SEP Planning Investigations. Good for review, stations, homework or extra practice.Pumpkin Spice Latte Hidden MessageCoffee themed puzzle.
Subjects:
Science, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Homework
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A set of two puzzles that have students practice critical thinking skills and apply concepts related to Thermal Energy Content and skills connect to NGSS MS-PS-3-4. Plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred,
Subjects:
Science, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Homework
$1.50
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By Ratelis Science
This product contains three different Constructing Explanations or CER prompts for NGSS standard MS-PS3-4. Plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average
Subjects:
Science, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Assessment
$2.75
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By Ratelis Science
A free sample from my set of four puzzles NGSS MS-PS-3 Skill Boosters: Review Puzzles that have students practice critical thinking skills and apply concepts from NGSS MS-PS-3.Ghostly Hidden Message *With work calculations (IN FREE SAMPLE) Halloween
Subjects:
Science, Physical Science, Halloween
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
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By Ratelis Science
A set of four puzzles that have students practice critical thinking skills and apply concepts from NGSS MS-PS-3-1 ans MS-PS-3-2.Energy Logic PuzzleStudents will use logic skills and background knowledge about types of energy and the relationship
Subjects:
Science, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Homework
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This is a Halloween Themed Escape Room designed to have students practice critical thinking skills and apply concepts from NGSS MS-PS-3 and NGSS SEP analyzing data.Students will identify different types of energy (Thermal, Sound, Chemical, Nuclear,
Subjects:
Physical Science, Holidays/Seasonal, Halloween
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
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By Ratelis Science
This is a set of my products related to the NGSS SEP: Analyzing and Interpreting Data. The worksheets can be used as review, homework or as CER prompts for NGSS topics MS PS-2 and MS PS-3.See the individual products for more ideas on how to use
Subjects:
Science, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Cooperative Learning
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This is a set of 5 worksheets where students use data from a table or graph to infer the likely design of an experiment by identifying the manipulated and responding variables. Then they are asked to interpret the data to write a claim that can be
Subjects:
Science, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers
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By Ratelis Science
A skill boosting 5e explore activity for NGSS to help prepare students for the performance expectations for MS-PS-2 and MS-PS-3 Metric units of measurements can be confusing especially when more common metric units of distance and time are combined
Subjects:
Science, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
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By Ratelis Science
Students often struggle with deciding which type of graph is the best choice for different types of data. In this 5e Explore activity students work collaboratively to complete a card sort. Students are challenged to figure out the image of a
Subjects:
Science, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
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This is a 5e explore activity for students to practice planning an investigation into how the temperature of water affects how quickly a hard candy dissolves. I use it to scaffold students to prepare for the NGSS performance assessments related to
Subjects:
Science, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
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By Ratelis Science
This is a 5e explore activity for students to practice planning an investigation into how the height from which water is dropped affect how big of a splat it makes when it hits a surface. I use it to scaffold students to prepare for the NGSS
Subjects:
Science, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
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This is a 5e extension task I designed to have students apply Newton’s Laws to a real-world situation. I use it to scaffold students to prepare for the NGSS performance assessments related to MS-PS-2, Motion and Forces. PACINGThis task was given at
Subjects:
Science, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Projects, Activities
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A skill boosting 5e explore, or 5e extension activity for NGSS to help prepare students for the performance expectations for MS-PS-2 and MS-PS-3. Students apply measuring and calculating speed to a real-world situation. Also includes practice with
Subjects:
Science, General Science, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
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This product contains a SAMPLE of a formative assessment rubric for the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices Standard "Asking Questions and Defining Problems" for middle school students and sample “I can” learning targets for each SEP. I do not
Subjects:
Science, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Classroom Forms, Rubrics
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By Ratelis Science
This product contains formative assessment rubrics for each of the 8 NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and an rubric for the Engineering Design Standards for middle school students and sample “I can” learning targets for each SEP. I do not use
Subjects:
Science, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Classroom Forms, Rubrics
$4.00
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This product contains two different prompts for Constructing Explanations or CER and Arguing from Evidence, aligned to NGSS standards MS-PS-3-1 and MS-PS-3-2 on Kinetic and Potential Energy. Both prompts give students a short passage and either a
Subjects:
Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Assessment
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By Ratelis Science
Often claim and evidence have different meanings and expectations when used in ELA or Social Studies classes so students might also have some confusion about how scientific explanations are different from an everyday explanation or explanations
Subjects:
Science, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers, Cooperative Learning
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This is a set of the various handouts, anchor charts (posters) and sentence starters that I use to help students when learning how to write scientific explanationsActivitiesCER Anchor Chart or poster comes in 2 sizes. 11x17 Ledger or Tabloid size
Subjects:
Science, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Graphic Organizers
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This is a set of explore activity that can be used to help build skills for NGSS: SEP Constructing Explanations. A card sort provides students with meaningful opportunities to work collaboratively.In this card sort students are challenged to figure
Subjects:
Science, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Activities, Cooperative Learning
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have over 20 years experience teaching science in grades 6-12 and have been actively involved in developing and teaching professional development opportunities related to science instructional best practices. In addition to my regular work for district curriculum committees and numerous professional development sessions I have taught over the past 16 years for KUSD, some of the other my relevant experience includes I was one of the Forward Exam Item reviewers for the 8th grade science exam in 2016 and have presented at both the NSTA National Conference in Chicago in 2015 on and the NSTA Regional Conference in Milwaukee in 2017.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Part of the work I do at my school includes duties as a vertical team leader for all 11 science teachers in grades 6th-8th, facilitating our professional learning community and coordinating with my building and district administration to improve science instruction. As part of these duties I do research on science best practices, such as the 5e instructional model and the CER or claim, evidence, reasoning writing framework for science explanations and develop short professional development sessions for our staff. I also work with my grade level team of science teachers and special education teachers to develop common assessments and to make appropriate accommodations for students. I am also a formal and informal mentor to a number of teachers both in my content and in other subjects as well.

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