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By Science With Mr Enns
A fun and engaging scavenger hunt activity that helps middle and early high school students practice balancing chemical equations by moving around the classroom, searching for 30 different game cards, and balancing a variety of chemical
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$3.25
31
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By Science With Mr Enns
This bundle is a set of 5 Chalkboard Challenge PPT products (Waves to be added shortly) which are Jeopardy-style review games designed for upper middle school or lower high school students to test their knowledge on a variety of physics unit topics.
Subjects:
Science, Physics
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Test Prep, Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$16.00
$12.80
1
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By Science With Mr Enns
Chalkboard Challenge is a Jeopardy-like game where students get to test their knowledge of topics taught in a typical middle school or lower high school physics unit on thermal energy and heat transfer. Topics include: heat, temperature, temperature
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Physics
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Fun Stuff, Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
11
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By Science With Mr Enns
This bundle is a set of 6 Chalkboard Challenge PPT products, which are Jeopardy-style review games designed for upper middle school or lower high school students to test their knowledge on a variety of chemistry unit topics. Topics include:
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Test Prep, Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$19.00
$15.20
Bundle
By Science With Mr Enns
A fun and engaging scavenger hunt activity that helps middle and early high school students practice naming chemical compounds by moving around the classroom, searching for 30 different game cards, and naming individual chemical compounds!This
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$3.25
3
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By Science With Mr Enns
Chalkboard Challenge is a Jeopardy-like game where students get to test their knowledge of topics taught in a typical middle school or lower high school chemistry unit on atoms, elements, and the periodic table. Topics include: atomic structure,
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
3
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By Science With Mr Enns
A fun and engaging scavenger hunt activity that helps middle and early high school students practice performing metric conversions by moving around the classroom, searching for 36 different game cards, and converting a variety of metric units!Part
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Basic Principles
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$3.25
3
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By Science With Mr Enns
Chalkboard Challenge is a Jeopardy-like game where students get to test their knowledge of topics taught in a typical middle school or lower high school biology unit on the circulatory system. Topics include: blood parts, heart anatomy, blood
Subjects:
Science, Anatomy, Biology
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
4
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By Science With Mr Enns
Chalkboard Challenge is a Jeopardy-like game where students get to test their knowledge of topics taught in a typical middle school or lower high school chemistry unit on chemical bonds. Topics include: electron shells or energy levels, ionic
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 7th
Types:
Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
4
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By Science With Mr Enns
Chalkboard Challenge is a Jeopardy-like game where students get to test their knowledge of topics taught in a typical middle school or lower high school chemistry unit on chemical reactions. Topics include: chemical vs. physical changes, signs of a
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 7th
Types:
Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
5
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By Science With Mr Enns
A fun and engaging scavenger hunt activity that helps middle and early high school students practice identifying lab and safety equipment by moving around the classroom, searching for 30 different game cards, and naming common lab and safety
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Basic Principles
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Games
$3.25
2
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By Science With Mr Enns
Chalkboard Challenge is a Jeopardy-like PPT game where students get to test their knowledge of 4 major units taught over the course of a typical semester of upper middle school or lower high school chemistry. Topics include: classification of
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Test Prep, Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$4.00
Digital Download ZIP (0.80 MB)
By Science With Mr Enns
Chalkboard Challenge is a Jeopardy-like game where students get to test their knowledge of topics taught in a typical middle school or lower high school physics unit on forces and Newton's laws of motion. Topics include: types of forces, drawing
Subjects:
Physical Science, Astronomy, Physics
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
2
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By Science With Mr Enns
Chalkboard Challenge is a Jeopardy-like PPT game where students get to test their knowledge of 4 major units taught over the course of a typical semester of upper middle school or lower high school physics. Topics include: heat and temperature,
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Physics
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Test Prep, Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$4.00
1
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By Science With Mr Enns
Chalkboard Challenge is a Jeopardy-like game where students get to test their knowledge of topics taught in a typical middle school or lower high school nature of science unit on experimental design and the metric system. Topics include: the
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Basic Principles
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
3
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By Science With Mr Enns
Chalkboard Challenge is a Jeopardy-like game where students get to test their knowledge of topics taught in a typical middle school or lower high school chemistry unit on classification of matter. Topics include: pure substances, elements,
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
2
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By Science With Mr Enns
Chalkboard Challenge is a Jeopardy-like game where students get to test their knowledge of topics taught in a typical middle school or lower high school chemistry unit on acids and bases. Topics include: acids and their properties, bases and their
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
2
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By Science With Mr Enns
Chalkboard Challenge is a Jeopardy-like game where students get to test their knowledge of topics taught in a typical middle school or lower high school earth science unit on rocks and the rock cycle. Topics include: sedimentary rock, metamorphic
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
1
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By Science With Mr Enns
Chalkboard Challenge is a Jeopardy-like game where students get to test their knowledge of topics taught in a typical middle school or lower high school biology unit on classification of living things. Topics include: general classification
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Types:
Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
2
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By Science With Mr Enns
Chalkboard Challenge is a Jeopardy-like game where students get to test their knowledge of topics taught in a typical middle school or lower high school physics unit on motion, speed and acceleration. Topics include: vocabulary terms, analyzing
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Physics
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Test Prep, Games, PowerPoint Presentations
$3.00
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have 20 years of teaching experience at the middle and high school level. I have taught a wide range of sciences, including high school biology and chemistry, middle school general science and computer science, and currently, 8th grade physical science.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am fan of highly-structured notes and worksheets that make it easy for students to understand content and stay organized, but I primarily use these for intros and independent review assignments. I spend most of my time in class doing lots of fun activities to keep students engaged while practicing new science skills or synthesizing new knowledge. I am always trying to incorporate student-directed collaborative learning in my classroom, but it's not always easy or efficient in middle school. So instead of big student-directed projects, I try to do it in small bites. For example, I often present “real life” problems or situations that students use their existing knowledge to try to figure out. For example, for a unit on heat transfer, I ask my students why their feet feel warmer stepping out of the shower on a bath mat rather than a tile floor? The challenge is that both the mat and the tile are at the same temperature!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I acted as a science consultant for Gale Publishing and helped produce a science book/eBook entitled Ignition Science: Collaborative Projects that Inspire Learning. This 500-page, 2-volume publication features over 70 collaborative science projects for middle/early high school students. My own activities provided the basis for over 85% of the published activities, and I was able to write the 3000-word instruction guide, which focused on collaborative project learning in the science classroom.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have been inspired by a number of other teachers in my life. I'd especially like to mention the professors whom I worked with as a student in the Biology and Pharmacology Program at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. This innovative program was built around the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) model. Each PBL class was made up of six students and one professor and typically lasted three hours. Unlike most university classes where the professor gives a lecture to a mostly passive audience, each of our classes was planned, taught and evaluated by the students themselves. In many ways, each lesson followed a script like the hit TV show “House”. The professor would present us with an index card that outlined a patient’s symptoms and a modicum of background information. It was up to the students to choose the best course of action to solve the problem. We we would typically start by collectively determining what we knew and what we didn’t know. From there, we would divide ourselves into teams of two and head down to the medical library to research our chosen aspect of the problem. The team would reconvene after an hour and we would teach each other what we had found out. Once all of the new information was presented, the team would then determine if our findings allowed us to come to a conclusion. If we were unable to do so, the team would repeat the process until we were fully satisfied. One of the most interesting thing about those classes was that the professor never told us if we had correctly solved the problem. I distinctly remember the first time we asked our professor if we were right. He slowly took off his glasses, smirked and said, “Who am I to tell you that? I am only your teacher.” Surprisingly, it was my positive experience in the Biology and Pharmacology program that stopped me from becoming an actual pharmacologist. With each passing course, I came to the realization that I was becoming far more interested in the WAY the content was being taught rather than the content itself. In my final semester, I dropped out of the program so that I could pursue a career in education. As a teacher of middle school students, I realize that I won’t ever be able to duplicate those Biology and Pharmacology lessons. There are practical limitations of class size, resources and time. There are also pedagogical limitations due to the fact that middle school students are young adolescents and not university students. However, I believe that children of all ages are fully capable of the type of flexible, creative and collaborative thinking that my pharmacology professors tried to instill in us. Science is less a subject than a way of thinking. One doesn't LEARN/TEACH science as much as they DO science. In my view, one of the best things about science is that it can be messy, complicated, strange, challenging, fun, and exciting. What I see in elementary school science lesson is very young students approaching each topic with an incredible sense of wonder; every lesson offers something brand new for them to discover. The key to preserving that sense of wonder in older students is by presenting science as only one way of exploring the mysteries of life; mysteries where the teacher does not always have the answer.

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Comments? Questions? Requests? Feel free to contact me at sciencewithmrenns@gmail.com.

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