Friday, June 23, 2017

Chemistry and Biology online review questions and practice tests

For those of you who teach in New York, and even those who don't, you may have used the website at some point. Unfortunately that site is down, but I may have an alternative for you. Syvum created a sort of alternative. This site goes back to past 15 years of so Regents exams and has created an interactive testing environment. Students can take any past test and the site will correct the answers for them. Students can even create a free account that will track their progress as well as give them the ability to mark specific question to back to for review. In addition, there are specific pages for Chemistry and Biology where students can focus in on a set of questions from a topic of their choice.

What do you like to share with students to have them practice on their own? 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Citizen Scientist Projects

One of the things I liked to do with my students were Citizen Science Projects.  I think it is important to show students the types of things that scientists do.  Many have an image that scientists are in a lab mixing chemicals.  These projects help to expose students to the type of work that a variety of scientists do.

Spring Maple Monitoring - In this project you to help monitor the timing of budburst and leafout in sugar maple trees across the North Country. Your maple observations can also provide a wealth of information on how climate, habitat, and human activity affect this important local species.

Rink Watch - This is a citizen science research initiative that asks people who love outdoor skating to help environmental scientists monitor winter weather conditions and study the long-term impacts of climate change. If you maintain a rink in your backyard or neighborhood park, or if you have a favorite pond you like to skate on then this project is for you!

Snapshot Serengeti - Students look at pictures that were taken in the Serengeti and help identify what it is by narrowing the animal down by its features

Citizen Science Alliance
  • Galaxy Zoo - To understand how galaxies formed we need your help to classify them according to their shapes. 
  • Planet Hunters - undiscovered planets by looking at how the brightness of a star changes over time.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Top 5 Posts of May

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Top 5 Posts of April

I'm a little late with this, but below are the Top 5 Posts of April.  I hope that you enjoyed reading them and if you haven't now is a great time to give them a read. :-)
  1. Phases of the Moon Webquest
  2. Get to know your students with Padlet
  3. Big Bang Theory Punnett Square Worksheet
  4. 10 Ways to Make Every Day Earth Day
  5. All 2.3 Million Species Mapped into a Single Circle of Life

What are looking for for your classroom?  Leave me a comment and I will work on a post just for you! 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

BioLegend Biology Coloring Pages

Sometime adults and kids just need a mental break and coloring is just the thing for that.  While you may not want to have your students totally take their mind off of science, you can give them a little break with these coloring pages from BioLegend.  The Legendary Coloring Book ( 20 different pages that you can print out.  In addition to the coloring page, the webpage has information about what you are coloring.  It's a nice way to give kids a break or something for them to do if they finish early, but still stay on the topic of science. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Resources for the NGSS Classroom

For some of us our state adopted the NGSS a few years ago, some are just adopting them now and still others have yet to adopt them. In any situation I feel that the practices behind NGSS are beneficial for all classrooms. You can find the infographic below from the National Academies Press. It is available as an interactive widget or as a printable pdf document.

If you want more you can download a free version of the Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas.

"A Framework for K-12 Science Education outlines a broad set of expectations for students in science and engineering in grades K-12. These expectations will inform the development of new standards for K-12 science education and, subsequently, revisions to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development for educators. This book identifies three dimensions that convey the core ideas and practices around which science and engineering education in these grades should be built. These three dimensions are: crosscutting concepts that unify the study of science through their common application across science and engineering; scientific and engineering practices; and disciplinary core ideas in the physical sciences, life sciences, and earth and space sciences and for engineering, technology, and the applications of science. The overarching goal is for all high school graduates to have sufficient knowledge of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on science-related issues, be careful consumers of scientific and technical information, and enter the careers of their choice. "

This book is from the National Academies Press and they have over 8,000 other books and many of them are free if you download the pdf version.