Thanksgiving activities for Middle School Science

You know that last day or two before Thanksgiving? Kids are wired, some kids are already on vacation, and you have to entertain them for 2 days. This year in particular, I’m not planning to cover content on those days.  The Thanksgiving activities for my middle school science classes are activities that practice skills withoutContinue reading “Thanksgiving activities for Middle School Science”

Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?

Does turkey make you sleepy? Sure there’s nothing better than an nap after a Thanksgiving dinner, but is the turkey to blame?   Turkey contains an amino acid called tryptophan. Our bodies metabolize tryptophan to create serotonin and melatonin, hormones which make people sleepy. Contrary to popular belief, however, the sleepiness many people report afterContinue reading “Does Turkey Make You Sleepy?”

White Meat or Dark?

It’s almost Thanksgiving. Which do you prefer – white meat or dark? Why is some turkey meat dark meat and some white meat? Turkey breast is white meat. It is lighter in color, quicker to cook, and dries out more easily than dark meat. Turkey legs and wings are dark meat. They are darker inContinue reading “White Meat or Dark?”

The Science of Thanksgiving

Here’s a great way to engage students in science during the day or two before the holiday with a science of Thanksgiving themed jigsaw activity or escape room. To play as a Jigsaw: Divide students into groups and have each group research a different aspect of Thanksgiving and how it relates to science. Here areContinue reading “The Science of Thanksgiving”