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The most difficult part about writing a paper for school isn’t the writing, its the pre-writing! Students who spend time planning and organizing their writing piece generally have an easier time with the paper. The research essay pre-writing
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Multiplication Battle is a 2-player game that gives students the opportunity to practice their math facts in a fun and relaxing environment. In game play, each player covers 5-7 spots on their completed math facts chart. Then each player takes
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A comprehensive unit that will help middle school students concretely understand the abstract concepts behind atoms and the periodic table. The unit includes the following: Parts of an Atom Lesson - In this lesson students use color coding and
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This 42 slide power point covers 4 lesson about the basics of matter. Lessons include: 1) Parts of an Atom - students will learn about the 3 subatomic particles and their charges 2) Understanding Elements - students will learn how to interpret
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This is a guided instruction lesson designed to teach students the rules of creating Bohr atomic diagrams. Creating Bohr diagrams helps prepare students for ionic and covalent bonds. ***Prior to this lesson students should have a basic
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This lesson is designed to help students better understand how the periodic table is organized and how to read the table in order to gain useful information about the elements. In this lesson, students will take notes on information about the
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After choosing an element from the periodic table, students become the element expert, hunting down information about their chosen element and preparing a presentation for their classmates. The project includes a student presentation, a wanted
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A guided instruction lesson that will help students concretely understand how to interpret information about the elements found on the periodic table. During this lesson students will: *Begin learning how to read the periodic table *Practice using
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This lesson is designed to help students solidify the abstract concepts of subatomic particles by connecting the two hemispheres of the brain through color-coding and creative writing techniques. The lesson is designed for use with an interactive
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If you use any type of interactive notebook, then this planner is for you! Easily plan out your units page by page with this teacher planner. The pdf planner pages include areas for concepts, objectives, materials, reflection and more. The planner
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This project-based lesson is a perfect way to assess student knowledge in some basic areas of middle school science, specifically animal adaptations, habitats, and geologic time (eras). Students will be given the opportunity to choose their project
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This is a student-led, project-based lesson designed to help students create a research project using online sources. The lesson includes: *in-depth teaching instructions *two different graphic organizers for brainstorming research
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Many students benefit from hands-on, tactile approaches to learning. The kinesthetic element helps many students engage more in the lesson and make concrete connections to abstract ideas. In this fun, hands-on learning activity, students will make
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This lesson provides students with hands-on instruction for making conversions in the metric system, starting with understanding why moving a decimal is the same as multiplying or dividing by ten all the way to figuring out how many deciliters are
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This lesson provides students with an excellent introduction to the basic tools of the metric system; scale (mass), ruler (distance), and graduated cylinders (volume). Students will learn tips for using the tools correctly and the opportunity for
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This set of worksheets gives students, instruction, understanding and practice showing the relationship between moving a decimal point and increasing or decreasing number value by a power of ten. Perfect for students who are just being introduced to
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In this lesson students will complete a fun activity (measuring objects in straws!) to discover why the metric system is a useful tool of measurement. They will also conduct a short research assignment about the history of the metric system. This
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Are you looking for ways to prepare your students for a project-based learning environment? Project-based lessons are an exciting and rewarding way for students to learn. They promote student engagement, help students make significant cognitive
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A fun lesson based on Howard Garner's work with intelligence, students will explore Garner's work and gain insight into what types of activities they excel in. This is an excellent way for students to gain an understanding about themselves as a
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This outline will help guide students through creating a well written persuasive essay. Students will develop a position on a topic, support their position with research based facts, acknowledge the opposing arguments, and counter the opposing
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

The upper grades (5-8) is where I have spent most of my career, with a current placement in 5th grade. I am a strong advocate of interdisciplinary instruction which I promoted in my lessons even as I taught middle school science. In addition to teaching, I recently received my Master's degree in Education with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction. I am excited to share some of my lessons with you! You will likely find that most of them are driven from a science theme but involve aspects of writing, math, and engineering. With Common Core well under way and an ever-increasing number of jobs in the science and technology fields, innovative science lessons that include reading, writing and math have never been more important!

MY TEACHING STYLE

Inquiry-based and Project-based learning

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

B.S. Environmental and Ag Science, UC Davis M.A. Education, Curriculum and Instruction, CSU Chico

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My passion is designing curriculum units that are thematic, inquiry-based, and interdisciplinary. Currently I am designing such lessons for the middle school (6-8) level. Join me on my journey as a curriculum nerd on my blog... www.thecurriculumnerd.com

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