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Category: Literacy

Graphing Practice for Secondary Science

At the beginning of the year, it’s good to review graphing and make your expectations clear on what you expect when students turn in a graph.  Title? Clearly labeled x and y axis? Proper scale? Key? Non-messy bars? If you teach physical science this is pretty critical, since students will

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Tech Tools to Support ELL Students

Teaching English Language Learners (ELLs) can be so fun and rewarding. They are some of my favorite students to work with. They tend to be hard working and driven. (You may want to check out my blog post with 10 tips for teaching ELLs in the science classroom). The main

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Practice Writing Scientific Procedures

Writing out CLEAR and DESCRIPTIVE scientific procedures is hard for students. It takes practice! Many teachers start off with a fun activity like how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Students will likely forget some important steps! This Youtube version made me smile: Anywho, it’s important for students

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Where to Find Free Science Articles

As teachers we want our students to increase their reading comprehension skills. I’ve found that most of my students don’t mind reading when you give them an interesting piece of text. If you assign textbook reading the moans will follow (and honestly, as adults we don’t love to read textbooks

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Video Clips for CER Practice

If you want to introduce the CER method to students or have them practice periodically, using video clips is a fun way to go. (If you aren’t familiar with the CER method, check out this blog post on ways you can use it in your classroom). I prefer short video

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Teaching Vocabulary Without The Worksheet

Do your students struggle to learn vocabulary for your class? Science can be very vocabulary heavy and sometimes there is no way around it. It’s even more frustrating when you have to teach two different words that mean the same thing, because you aren’t sure which will show up on

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Supplemental Materials for “The Serengeti Rules”

If you read my blog post on recommended summer science reads, you saw my confession that I’m not generally a big non-fiction reader. I love to read, but fiction is my go-to. As I was compiling a science book list for students and teachers, I kept seeing and getting recommended

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Crazy for Card Sorts

Card sorts are one of my favorite tried-and-true ways to formatively assess my students. I use them all the time!1. You can use them at the beginning of a lesson to check for prior knowledge2. You can use them in the middle of a lesson as a checkpoint for the

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Case Study of Lake Nyos

One of my favorite case studies to examine with students is the tragedy that occurred at Lake Nyos. Located in Camaroon, Africa, Lake Nyos is a lake that formed in a volcanic crater. While villagers thought the volcano was dormant, it was slowly releasing carbon dioxide into the lake. One

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Recommended Summer Science Reads

It’s summertime and you FINALLY have time to sit down and read a book! It seems like during the school year I lay down at night, grab a book, and fall asleep after 2 pages. I love to read, but teaching is exhausting and I just can’t get much reading

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Why I believe in Cornell Notes

This blog post is all about why I think Cornell notes are beneficial for students, and tips on how to make them easier for teachers. If you don’t want to read my background story on how I came to love them and you just want the nitty-gritty, skip to the

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