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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

YouTube Channel

I have created a YouTube channel so my students can revisit videos we have seen in class.  They are sorted by life science, physical science, and earth science.  The target audience is middle schoolers.  Check it out!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Stack the Organs

My husband and I love playing the game from the App store called "Stack the Countries".  Since my seventh graders are getting ready to start the human body. My unit is severely lacking, so I decided to create an adaptation of "Stack the Countries" called "Stack the Organs".  Students will answer questions about the organs such as:
  • What organ system does it belong to?
  • What does it do?
  • What organs is it near? or Where in the body is it located?

When students successfully answer the question, they earn the organ and have to stack them so they reach a certain point.  If I had a magnetic whiteboard, I would adhere magnets to the back of my organs and draw a line on the whiteboard for the students to try to pass.  The organs must be touching for it to count.
I cut most of the organs out using templates I printed off from this website.  It was hard to find all of the organs I wanted to scale, so I did the best that I could with the missing organs.  (Don't laugh too hard.)

We'll see how they like it in a few weeks!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

iPad Apps

I decided to compile a list of free apps that I use in my classroom on the iPad Mini.

General Classroom Use:

  • BrainPOP: quick videos on various topics with quizzes at the end

  • YouTube: so many videos. . . 

  • KeyNote: PowerPoint equivalent for iPad

  • Doceri: Drawing and notes tool

  • Educreations: Drawing and notes tool that has a website.  Videos you create can be emailed and shared online

  • Science 360: Current news articles and videos with an eye catching display

  • ClassDojo: Allows teachers to track student behaviors and generate reports

Earth Science:
  • QuakeFeed: Shows current earthquakes on globe with magnitude

  • EarthNow: Shows current statistics for the globe such as temperature and ocean surface salinity

  • Planets: Current locations of planets and constellations by moving the iPad around

  • The Weather Channel: Need I say more?

  • My Radar: Current radar maps

Life Science:

  • Pangea Safari: Simple simulation of ecology with producers, herbivores, and carnivores

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Biomes Foldable

I had way too much fun making this.  My students are going to be learning about these biomes next and I created this example of the finished product and one with the pictures/words without the cuts.  I photocopied the sheet and shrunk it to 75%.  The students will cut it out, fold down the extra space on the left side, and glue it in their notebooks.  Underneath each tab, they will write characteristics of the biomes.

I am clearly on a foldable kick!  Thank you snow days. :)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Nitrogen and Carbon Cycle Foldable

I was inspired to create foldables for my 6th graders on the carbon and nitrogen cycles after viewing one created by the blog "The Inspired Classroom".  She had created a much cuter one for the water cycle.  Please forgive my pictures, descriptions, and handwriting. :)