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Author: Rebecca Fanucci

Human Evolution Teaching Resources

Teaching human evolution can be a topic many teachers shy away from. Depending on the type of school you teach at and your student demographic, you might come across a few obstacles. In my 10 years of teaching I haven’t had any push back or complaints from parents, but I know

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Teaching Protein Synthesis Just Got Easier

Protein Synthesis is actually a fun concept for me to teach. For me, there are 2 barriers you need to cross in order for students to learn protein synthesis:1. Learning about the steps of transcription and translation (the easier part)2. Understanding how DNA translates into gene expression (the harder part)

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Accommodating for both HIGH and LOW level learners

​One of the hardest parts of being a teacher is making sure you are providing instruction at the level of all your students in the classroom. In classes of 30+ students, it can seem daunting to modify for kids that still need help, while also increasing the rigor for kids

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April Fools Jokes for the Science Classroom

It’s almost April Fool’s Day and time to start thinking about how to trick your students! While it may be funny to scare students with a pop quiz or sending your best student to the principal’s office, I like an April Fool’s joke where the students learn a science concept

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Pendulum Lab

This is a great inquiry lab for your physics unit! In this activity students will be asked to figure out which of the following variables affect the period of the pendulum swing: the mass, the length of the string, or the angle the pendulum is released from. All you need

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Physics Lab: Build a Parachute

Physics is really exciting to teach because there are so many fun labs you can do. After teaching students about speed, velocity, and acceleration I wanted to do a STEM lab to follow up the unit. I decided to have students build a parachute out of a plastic grocery store

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Secondary Science Virtual Labs

Virtual labs are a great tool to try if you have computer access. I love them because: They are FREE! If you are tired of spending your own money on lab supplies, throw in a virtual lab instead.  They are great for visual learners. If students mess up, they can

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Tips for a First Year Science Teacher

Your first year teaching is going to be one of the hardest years of your career. I frequently went home near tears thinking “I just can’t do this. It is too hard.” But I promise you, it gets easier! I’m in my 10th year teaching and I spend a lot

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10 Tips for Teaching In The Inner City

This blog post was co-written by Becca from Science Rocks  and Tara from Science In The City. They have 22 combined years of teaching experience in the inner city. To read about their backgrounds, hop down to the bottom of the blog post. 10 TIPS FOR TEACHING IN THE INNER-CITY

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PBL#4- Beyond the classroom

You made it to the last blog post in this 4 part series! If you missed any of the previous posts, you can click below to get caught up:#1: What is PBL?#2: Getting Started#3: The ProductThis last blog post will be about extending learning beyond the classroom with a public

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PBL#3- The Product and Student led inquiry

You are on part 3 of a 4 part blog post on PBL in the science classroom. If you missed the previous posts, CLICK HERE to head back to blog post 1- “What is PBL?” or CLICK HERE to head back to blog post 2- “How to get started”. This

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