Science With Mr Enns

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An 13-page stations lab designed to introduce, review and reinforce at least 7 different measurement techniques used in a typical middle school science lab. This stations lab activity can also be used to assess the skill level of students at the
Subjects:
Measurement, Basic Principles, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
CCSS:
5.MD.C.3, 5.MD.C.3a, 5.MD.C.5a, 5.MD.C.5b
$4.25
2 ratings
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An 11-page lab product that challenges students to investigate the relationship between the brand of a paper towel and water absorbency. There are 2 forms of this lab product: a teacher-directed version and a student-directed
Subjects:
Science, Basic Principles, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$3.25
2 ratings
4.0
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A 4-page scavenger hunt activity that challenges students to work with their lab partner in order to locate 26 pieces of lab equipment found around a typical laboratory, bring them back to their lab tables/desks (where applicable), and use their own
Subjects:
Science, Basic Principles, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Laboratory
$2.25
1 rating
4.0
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By Science With Mr Enns
This 10-page rate of reaction lab activity gives students experience in measuring the rate of reaction between sodium thiosulfate and hydrochloric acid while changing the concentration of sodium thiosulfate. In this chemical reaction, the two
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$4.00
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By Science With Mr Enns
This 4-page signs of a chemical reaction lab activity is a short and straightforward lab that is designed to give students experience in observing the 4 signs of a chemical reaction, including: (1) Change in color (2) Change in energy (In this lab,
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
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By Science With Mr Enns
This 4-page double displacement reactions lab activity gives students experience in performing a series microchemistry reactions on a well plate to: (1) Investigate the outcomes of 15 different double displacement reactions (2) Predict the correct
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
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By Science With Mr Enns
This Ionic and Covalent Compounds Lab is designed to be a simple and easy investigation that lets students observe the chemical and physical properties of ionic and covalent compounds using basic chemistry techniques. To perform the activity,
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$3.00
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By Science With Mr Enns
Bond With a Classmate is a kinesthetic lab activity designed to help students improve their understanding of ionic bonding. In particular, this activity helps students with the idea that ionic compounds are formed by the combination of positive (+)
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physics
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$2.50
1 rating
4.0
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By Science With Mr Enns
This 4-page rate of reaction lab activity (10 pages for the teacher copy) gives students experience in measuring the rate of reaction between Alka-Seltzer and hydrochloric acid while changing 2 variables: surface area and temperature. After
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Laboratory
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By Science With Mr Enns
This 4-page rate of reaction simulation lab hat is designed to give students experience in measuring the rate of reaction while changing 2 variables: concentration of reactants and temperature and explaining their results using ideas found in
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
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By Science With Mr Enns
This 2-page combustion of steel wool lab is designed to be a short activity that gives students experience with performing a combustion reaction and collecting data to support the law of conservation of mass. To perform the activity, students
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
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This 2-page isotope lab activity designed to be a short exercise that helps students gain experience with calculating percent abundance and average atomic mass using 3 different sizes of beans (lima, pinto or navy, and black eyed peas) to represent
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$2.50
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3.9
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This 2-page isotope lab activity is designed as a short exercise that helps students gain experience with calculating average mass, percent abundance and average atomic mass using plain and peanut M&Ms to represent an element named "candium"
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$2.50
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3.9
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This 5-page Ziploc Bag Physical and Chemical Changes lab activity is designed to give students experience observing different chemical reactions and identify them as physical or chemical changes according to set criteria.. To perform the activity,
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$3.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By Science With Mr Enns
This 5-page separation technique lab activity challenges students to design a procedure that utilizes multiple separation techniques to separate a mixture of sand, salt and iron filings. After they have successful separated the mixture into its
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$3.00
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4.0
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By Science With Mr Enns
This 4-page Paper Chromatography With Candy lab activity is designed to give students experience with separating mixtures of pigments found in candies such as M&Ms or Skittles using paper chromatography. To perform the activity, students
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities
$3.00
1 rating
4.0
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By Science With Mr Enns
This Paper Chromatography With Markers lab activity is designed to give students experience with separating mixtures of dyes found in permanent markers using chromatography. To perform the activity, students prepare a piece of chromatography paper
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
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About the Activity This Mystery Powders lab activity is designed to let students explore the chemical and physical properties of everyday materials using basic chemistry techniques. To perform the activity, students make observations of the
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Laboratory
$4.00
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A 8-page document that covers classification of matter, which includes the nature of pure substances (elements and compounds) and mixtures (heterogeneous and homogenous) through a 1-page reading, 6 review questions and a station lab activity Page
Subjects:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Laboratory
$4.00
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4.0
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An 8-page lab document that challenges students to investigate Newton’s second and third laws of motion by launching straw rockets to investigate the relationship between net force, mass, and rocket distance, as well as explaining how the launcher
Subjects:
Science, Physics, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Laboratory
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have 18 years of experience at the middle and high school level. I have taught a wide range of sciences, including upper high school biology and chemistry, middle school general science, and currently, eighth grade physical science and computer science. Currently, I am acting as a science consultant for Gale Publishing, where I have worked on middle school science book/interactive 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 class activities provided the basis for over 85% of the published activities, and I wrote the 3000-word instruction guide which focused on collaborative project learning in the science classroom.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I am fan of highly-structured notes and worksheets that make it easy for students to understand the content and stay organized, but using these for intros and homework assignments. I spend my class time doing lots of fun activities to keep students engaged and practice their new skills and/or use their 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 am currently acting as science advisor/consultant for Gale Publishing and have helped publish a 500-page, 2-volume book/interactive ebook that features over 70 collaborative science projects.

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 and has since been copied by the Harvard Medical School, among other academic institutions. 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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