## Static Electricity Simulators

Photo credit: University of Colorado I like using two simulators from PhET, to teach students about static electricity. The first one is a simulator with balloons and a sweater. Photo credit: University of Colorado The second is a simulator featuring John Travoltage. Disclaimer: These simulators can be tricky to use in school settings for two […]

## Energy Card Sort

With the energy card sort, students use a worksheet and several cards, from UNC: School of Education, to learn about the thinking process that scientists use to categorize objects by their similar traits. I like using this group activity, because students can work through this together in teams of four. As they initially begin to […]

## Arithmetic Game

Photo credit: http://roomrecess.com Spot Kicker is a fun game that uses soccer to help kids add, subtract, multiply, or divide either whole numbers or integers very quickly. The goal of the game is to kick the soccer ball into the correct goal as many times as possible, before the time runs out. To do so, […]

## Homophone Game

Photo credit: http://roomrecess.com Wiz Kid is a fun game to play to learn about the meanings of homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same, but are spelled differently, and they mean different things, too (for example: week = 7 days, and weak = not strong). The goal is to move your wizard around by […]

## Cell Organelle Match-Up Tutorial

Photo credit: Sheppard Software Sheppard Software put together a tutorial to help students learn about animal and plant cells (plus bacteria cells). I use this to aid students, as a reference, for making their 3-D cell models. Save Save Save Save

## Organelle Song

Photo credit: Mr. Parr Mr. Parr has put together a song to help his 6th graders learn about a cell’s organelles. This video uses the song, “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic. Here are the lyrics, and I hope you have fun: Look inside a cell and you will see A microscope finds structures so tiny And […]

## Investigating Reproductive Strategies

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu The University of Utah has developed an excellent way to investigate reproductive strategies. There is a worksheet included, and several readings for students to explore. This is also nice, as it can be differentiated for different reading speeds. Teachers can indicate a minimum number of articles that need to be read, however all students […]

## Mitosis Song

Photo credit: Mr. Parr Mr. Parr has put together a song about mitosis that helps students remember the different phases of cell division. I have received encores in class after playing this. It uses the song, “I Gotta Feeling” from the Black Eyed Peas. Here are the modified lyrics, and have fun singing: Look inside […]

## Mitosis Dance

Photo credit: Mr. Silveria’s Bio 1 class Mr. Silveria’s Bio 1 class shows, through the art of dance, a video of the various stages of Mitosis. This uses the song titled, “Gangnam style” by PSY. The first Mitosis song that caught my attention was created by Baylor University students in Dr. Moehnke’s Genetics class. The […]

## Chemistry Lesson Plans

Photo credit: American Chemical Society The American Chemical Society has prepared lesson plans for middle school chemistry. These include embedded media clips, worksheets for students, answer sheets for teachers, and some lessons include games. They are fairly straight forward, and relatively easy for teachers and students to follow. Just make sure to read ahead, and […]