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Students will practice writing "If-Then" hypotheses from scientific questions with this activity. Developing hypotheses from scientific questions can be difficult for middle school level students. This activity will allow them the practice they
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Students will love trying to be the first to escape the classroom with this challenge! Some knowledge of the periodic table is required...recognizing atomic number and symbol using the periodic table. This activity includes clues, puzzles, and
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Students will read a short passage about acids and bases then complete a variety of tasks over the content found within the passage. This handout is a great way to introduce the new topic or serve as a review. I recently used it to remediate a
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Be the FIRST 2 ESCAPE in this "Escape Room" challenge. Students will need great critical thinking skills in order to solve a variety of clues, riddles, and puzzles. Who will be the first group to unlock the classroom door? Students should
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This review game is so fun! Students will love competing against their classmates as they practice counting atoms in this classic WAR card game...with a little twist. Students will turn over one card at a time in hopes of playing a card with the
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Students will use their inquiry skills to work through the scientific method in order to investigate if the location of taste buds has anything to do with taste. There is a student response sheet to go along with this activity. Students will love
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This handout (reading passage) will allow students to learn about the different types of chemical reactions as they read through a love story that serves as a metaphor for the elements in the reactions. Afterwards, students will complete questions,
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Students will use clues to discover the pH values of a variety of objects. Clues could be handed to each group (for a quicker activity) or taped around the classroom (for more of a challenge). Students will work together to assign each item a pH
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Students will show what they know about simple machines with this review worksheet. There's a great simple machines video on Youtube that my students love to watch when we are learning about simple machines and Newton's Laws: Science Court! We
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This is a great activity to use to make sure students can identify the GENUS name and the SPECIES name in an organism's binomial nomenclature. It gets students up and moving around. They will love guessing the scientific names of animals. This
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Students will learn all about electromagnets with this lab investigation! This activity comes with a READY-TO-GO student response sheet, materials list, lab procedure, and answer key. Students will test how battery size and number of wire coils
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What organisms are most likely to survive in a specific environment? Students will love this activity! Included in this are detailed teacher instructions, materials list, and student response sheet. Students will use their "beaks" to catch food
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This worksheet is a great review and assessment for students learning all about the pH scale and the properties of acids and bases. Be sure to check out the preview! Students will be asked to answer questions about acids and bases, compare and
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Review science vocabulary with this assignment! Students will choose their own key terms to showcase on their own science album. Students will have to make connections with actual songs in order to correctly complete this activity.
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Students will compete as they play a game where they have to correctly answer quick "recall" questions over acids and bases. Teacher Set-Up: Copy the playing cards (one copy per group) Cut out the playing cards and place them into a plastic cup
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With this handout, students will review counting atoms, writing chemical formulas, balancing equations, and identifying chemical reactions. This could be used as a study guide or as an assessment. Students should know how to count atoms using
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Students will review ionic and covalent bonding by completing this 15 question worksheet. This is a good assessment to see if students are ready for the test. Teachers could also use this handout as a quiz. For an enrichment activity, you could
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This game is so much fun! Students will complete...boys vs. girls...in this game. This is a really fun, engaging review game for the engineering design process. Divide the class into two groups: boys vs. girls. Students will come up two at a
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This is a great handout to use at the beginning of the school year or just to keep on hand if your students need a little extra something to do because your lesson ends a little too early. Students will follow the directions step-by-step in order
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This activity contains several scenarios where students are not following proper lab safety. Students will identify the errors on each task card and discuss what's wrong and what needs to be corrected. Teacher notes and eight scenario cards are
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been a middle school science teacher for eight years now. I have experience in 7th and 8th grade. I am now the STEM instructor at the middle school level. I also hold the titles of PLC leader, leadership team member, and science department chair.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My lessons are very fast-paced and I have my students moving around a lot. I enjoy having students compete, work in small groups, participate in whole group discussions, participate in hands-on activities, and show their skills through independent tasks. I basically plan my lessons using the following format: Bell work/Hook, Competition, Whole group instruction, Competition, Small group activity, Individual practice, and Closure. I honestly feel like I engage all students. I take pride in the student connections I make each year. My students miss my class the next year.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have been named Teacher of the Year. I work at a very high achieving school so this honor means so much to me. I am surrounded by great teachers who are also looking to learn new things.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I earned my degree in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2005.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I didn't originally go to college to be a teacher. I was a pre-med student...but I always had an inner passion to teach. I loved being a student growing up (and still enjoy sitting in a classroom). When I first graduated college, I worked as an Educational Assistant in a high school setting then decided I NEEDED to teach. I soon enrolled into a graduate program on the "alternate license" route. There I was, teaching in an 8th grade classroom with no experience...I mean...didn't even know what a "standard" was...going to grad school at night...coaching softball...and PREGNANT. What a first year! Looking back on it, it seems a lot harder than it really was. For one, I'm a very stubborn person...and two, I love teaching. I can say that I am truly doing what I was born to do. I am a mom, a wife, and a teacher. Life is good.

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