Archive for the ‘Resources’ Category

Back to School – Ideas to Launch Your Young Scientists

With many of our school years starting on Monday (and some who’ve already begun!), Cynthia and I wanted to share some back-to-school ideas and resources with you. The Idea Factory from Science Spot has tips, strategies, and links to get Science Instruction off to a great start! Science Geek Girl shares some nice activities you […]

The Constructive Countdown: Keep Calm and Teach On!

The last few days of the school year are upon you—are you looking for exciting ways to end the year? Do you emphasize fun or attempt to squeeze in some last-minute learning? This month, we will be sharing suggestions for keeping kids focused during the last days of the school year. Produce a TV Commercial. […]

The Chemistry of Dying Eggs!

‘Tis the season of dying eggs, so why not connect this activity to chemistry!  Show your students that chemistry really is all around them! The non-profit organization, You Be The Chemist, has a great activity that uses household products for students to test various solutions for dying eggs.  The teacher’s guide shows the connections between […]

Important Chemistry Safety Reminder

Labs are an exciting, important, and required part of the chemistry class.  However, safety cannot be stressed enought. I recently saw this video on the US Chemical Safety Board website.  It is a great reminder of the real dangers that are constantly present in the chemistry lab. Although many chemistry teachers may have already done […]

CAST 2013 Manipulatives for Middle School Chemistry

Manipulatives for Middle School Chemistry For those of you traveling to CAST, November 7-9, 2013 in Houston, I wanted to let you know that our Texas Regional Collaborative for Excellence in Science Teaching is sponsoring a three-hour short course on Manipulatives for Middle School Chemistry.  Presented by Terri Henry, Georgetown ISD, and Jennifer Jordan-Kaszuba, ESC […]

Did you see Franklin’s Story?

Last week we shared a story from NPR’s Code Switch about the Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S., but did you scroll down to see what Tom McFadden from San Francisco is doing with middle school students?  You may have viewed his Science History Rap Battle “ROSALIND FRANKLIN VS. WATSON & CRICK.”  But have you seen his latest […]

Observe the Moon

This Saturday don’t forget to stop and appreciate our wonderful moon. Saturday, October 12 is International Observe the Moon Night.  InOMN is an an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to ‘look up’ and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the Moon. From looking at the Moon with a naked eye to using […]

Science Rap Battles

Have you heard of the Science Genius project in New York City?  In August, NPR featured “Science Rap B.A.T.T.L.E.S. Bring Hip-Hop Into The Classroom” on their program Code Switch. For the rest of the story click here.  What kind of alternative projects do your students engage in?  Let us know in the comments below.

Earth Science Week

Next week, October 13-19 is Earth Science Week.  This year ESW is “Mapping Our World,” engaging young people in learning how geoscientists, geographers, and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, fault lines, weather patterns and more.  Visit Earth Science Week for resources, activities and additional information.

Aquatic Science Resource Materials

The Aquatic Science resource materials are free, online, Texas-based, and developed in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas State’s Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and Texas A&M Corpus Christi’s Harte Center for Gulf of Mexico Studies. The materials are designed for 6th-12th grades. There are 14 student chapters online, from molecules […]