Science With Mr Enns

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By Science With Mr Enns
A comprehensive 59-slide PowerPoint presentation (with student notes) that can be used to teach the structure, function, pathways, and disorders of the endocrine system. Topics include: functions of the endocrine system, homeostasis, endocrine vs.
Subjects:
Science, Anatomy, Biology
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Scaffolded Notes, PowerPoint Presentations
$7.00
15
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By Science With Mr Enns
A comprehensive 45-slide PPT product (with student notes) that covers all major topics in a high school or AP course of study on microbes, pathogens & the chain of infection. Topics include: microbes, pathogens, 6 types of pathogens (bacteria,
Subjects:
Science, Anatomy, Biology
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Scaffolded Notes, PowerPoint Presentations
$4.25
11
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By Science With Mr Enns
This unit bundle contains 8 total resources that forms a suite of products designed to teach metric conversions to middle school and early high school students.Metric Conversion Skills Addressed:The SI or Metric System (An Introduction)Metric
Subjects:
Measurement, Science, Basic Principles
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Assessment, PowerPoint Presentations
$18.75
$15.00
11
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By Science With Mr Enns
A visually-stunning 94-slide PPT product (with student notes) that introduces all major topics in a typical middle school / early high school unit on astronomy, including the Earth, moon, Sun, and the solar system. Topics include: the Earth, day and
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Astronomy
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Scaffolded Notes, PowerPoint Presentations
$5.00
9
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By Science With Mr Enns
This bundle is a set of 5 sense organ worksheets that I use to teach the anatomy, physiology, and neural pathways of the body's sensory system. Topics include: the eye and sight, the ear and hearing, the nose and smell, the tongue and taste, the
Subjects:
Science, Anatomy, Biology
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Handouts, Workbooks
$15.00
$12.00
9
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By Science With Mr Enns
This 7-page worksheet product is designed to introduce upper middle school and high school anatomy students to skin accessory structures. A 3-page reading section covers the following topics: structure and function of hair, hair growth stages
Subjects:
Science, Anatomy, Biology
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts
$3.00
7
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By Science With Mr Enns
A comprehensive 62-slide PPT presentation (with 5 pages of student notes) that covers the anatomy, structure, function, and disorders of the muscular system. Topics include: functions of the muscular system, types of muscle - skeletal, smooth and
Subjects:
Science, Anatomy, Biology
Grades:
10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Scaffolded Notes, PowerPoint Presentations
$7.00
15
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By Science With Mr Enns
This unit bundle product contains 13 resources needed for a typical middle school chemistry unit on acids and bases. The bundle contains a unit PPT and corresponding student summary notes, worksheets, lab activities, formative quizzes, review
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Scaffolded Notes, Activities
$33.00
$26.40
4
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By Science With Mr Enns
This product contains 3 individual worksheets that work together to introduce and reinforce the skill of identifying the independent variable (IV), dependent variable (DV) and constants in experiment narratives. I typically distribute this suite of
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Basic Principles
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets
$4.00
10
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By Science With Mr Enns
A self-assessment rubric in the form of a report card booklet that students can use to self-assess their class performance, homework quality, organizational skills, and study habits at select times throughout the year. The rubric also prompts
Subjects:
Life Skills, School Counseling, Study Skills
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Rubrics
$2.50
11
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By Science With Mr Enns
This is a 2-page unit review document to help students review an introductory unit on electromagnetic waves and the electromagnetic spectrum.I typically hand out this document to students at the end of the unit to clarify what content will be
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Physics
Grades:
8th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Test Prep, Handouts
$3.00
11
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By Science With Mr Enns
A clear and concise 5-page study sheet on the directional terminology used to describe the positions of structures relative to other structures in the body. This document focuses on anatomical position, body planes, body cavities, abdominal
Subjects:
Science, Anatomy, Biology
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Test Prep, Handouts, Study Guides
$3.25
11
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By Science With Mr Enns
A colorful 36-slide PPT product (with student notes) designed to introduce middle school and lower high school students to the digestive system. Topics include: digestive system jobs, carbohydrates, fats and proteins, macronutrients vs.
Subjects:
Science, Anatomy, Biology
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Scaffolded Notes, PowerPoint Presentations
$4.00
11
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By Science With Mr Enns
This unit bundle contains 24 resources needed for a typical middle school chemistry unit on classification of matter.The bundle contains a unit PPT and corresponding student summary notes, worksheets, lab activities, formative quizzes, review
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Activities
$58.25
$46.60
7
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By Science With Mr Enns
A 2-page worksheet that gives students practice interpreting information on the periodic table. Specifically, this worksheet challenges students to use an element's atomic number and mass number to calculate the number of protons, electrons and
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities
$2.50
8
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By Science With Mr Enns
A 9-page worksheet product designed to introduce high school anatomy students to the structure and function of the kidney. A 3-page reading provides an overview of the urinary system, main functions of the kidney, external and internal anatomy of
Subjects:
Science, Anatomy, Biology
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Worksheets, Handouts, Study Guides
$3.25
4
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By Science With Mr Enns
A colorful 80-slide PPT product that introduces all major topics in a typical middle school unit on plants. Topics include: leaves, internal anatomy of leaves, photosynthesis, stomata, roots, stems, xylem and phloem, flowers, male and female parts
Subjects:
Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations
$4.00
11
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By Science With Mr Enns
A introductory 20-slide PowerPoint product that introduces mechanical waves for a typical middle school physics unit. These topics include the definition of a wave, mechanical vs. electromagnetic waves, mediums, transverse vs. longitudinal waves,
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Physics
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations
$3.25
18
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By Science With Mr Enns
A colorful 66-slide PPT product that links with my other presentation on plant biology. This particular PPT reviews basic plant anatomy then introduces plant reproduction strategies via flowers. Through text, pictures and animations, this
Subjects:
Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations
$4.00
21
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By Science With Mr Enns
This mini unit bundle contains 10 resources needed to teach a short unit on the skeletal system for a high school biology or AP anatomy course, a Science Olympiad event, or general anatomy review. The bundle contains a detailed, 83-slide PowerPoint,
Subjects:
Science, Anatomy, Biology
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled)
$33.25
$26.60
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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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