Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Genetic Mutations and Disease Interactive

HHMI has a Genetic Mutations and Disease Interactive that shows how mutations can occur.  We know that mutations are changes in DNA that can occur at any point.  Some of these mutations cause diseases and other don't depending on where in the genome they occur.  This interactive shows how mutations can affect a person if it occurs in either a somatic cell or a germ cell.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Water Cycle Animation in Gorongosa National Park

HHMI created a animation of the water cycle in Gorongosa National Park.  Gorongosa National Park sits at the southern end of Africa’s Great Rift Valley in Mozambique and is centered around Lake Urema. To the northwest, Mount Gorongosa rises almost two thousand meters above sea level. The animations show how these features affect Gorongosa's water cycle, which starts with the evaporation of water from the Indian Ocean.

The animation is available on YouTube and in several different formats to download.  There is also a transcript available to download.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Why Does the Moon Have Phases? - literacy activity

I recently came across a Live Science article entitled Why Does the Moon Have Phases? and thought that I had to figure out a way to use it in my classroom.  With literacy being pushed across the disciplines I am always looking for way to bring short articles into the classroom.   Plus, I like having a stockpile of them so I can use them as sub plans if I need to.
I created a simple worksheet to go along with this article.  You can download it free by clicking here and signing up for my e-mail list.

In addition, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific has some activities that were referenced in the article.  The link in the article doesn't seem to be working, but after a little research I believe I found the resources they are referring to.  This link will take you to them.

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 RegentsPrep.org 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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