Interactive Virtual Field Trips

What is an Interactive Virtual Field Trip There are times when talking about something just isn’t good enough. Great examples are glaciers, deserts and canyons. Even if my school allowed field trips post pandemic (mine hasn’t) there are still plenty of places I want my students to “visit” that aren’t possible. During remote schooling, IContinue reading “Interactive Virtual Field Trips”

Sub plans for middle school science

It’s inevitable. One day this year, or probably more, I’ll get sick. There’s nothing harder than waking up at 6:00 in the morning, realizing you’ve got a cold, and having to call in sub plans. That’s why most of us just go in to work sick – it’s easier to go to work than itContinue reading “Sub plans for middle school science”

Daily Bellringers for Middle School Science

What are Daily Bellringers? Daily Bellringers or Do Nows are quick 2-5 minute assignments that students begin as soon as the bell rings every day. Why use Bellringers? Some schools require daily bellringers for all classes, but, even if your school doesn’t require one, they’re still a great idea.  Here are some reasons I loveContinue reading “Daily Bellringers for Middle School Science”

Meet the Teacher Night

Maybe it feels like butterflies or stage fright, but Meet the Teacher Night can be intimidating even for the most veteran of all teachers. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get through the night with flying colors! What are parents looking for when they come to your Meet The Teacher night? AdministratorsContinue reading “Meet the Teacher Night”

Lab Safety Resources for Middle School

Teaching lab safety is an essential job skill for middle school science teachers. Students have to be told what to do, and, more importantly, what not to do. I usually teach lab safety in one large lesson at the beginning of the year and require students to pass a quiz in order to  participate inContinue reading “Lab Safety Resources for Middle School”

First Day of School Activities for Middle School Science

What do you do on the first day of middle school science? What are you going to do on the first day of school? Whatever you decide, make sure it’s memorable! Let the other teachers do the rules and the syllabi and what supplies students need. In your class on the first day of schoolContinue reading “First Day of School Activities for Middle School Science”

Teaching Measurement in Middle School Science

Teaching measurement in middle school science includes learning the metric system, basic and advanced conversions, and scientific notation. Here are some pro tips to teach, practice, and use those skills all year long.   How do you teach measurements? Forty years ago, we told students that everyone was going to be switching to the metricContinue reading “Teaching Measurement in Middle School Science”

Back to school Bulletin Board for middle school science

My school, at least as of now, will be wearing masks at the beginning of the new school year. I’m going to take advantage of my students’ familiarity with masks and incorporate them in my back to school bulletin board for middle school science. I’ve chosen a few famous scientific figures – Albert Einstein, RosalindContinue reading “Back to school Bulletin Board for middle school science”

Science and Language Arts – Cross Curricular Opportunities

LAL and Science❤️Perfect Together I love my Language arts coworkers, but it’s not often that there are crossovers between our curriculums.  I’m always on the look out for some cross curricular opportunities for science and language arts teachers and have come up with a short list of books that are middle school appropriate and actuallyContinue reading “Science and Language Arts – Cross Curricular Opportunities”