The Sands of Time Project: Intro to Evolution

An engaging, interactive project to teach the timeline of life with modeling clay, sand, soda bottles, dirt, and a little mystery.

Continue Reading April 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM Leave a comment

Animal Voice Over Film Festival

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The latest project about to launch in 7th grade science, hitting concepts in animal behavior and natural selection as well as quite a few ELA CC standards. Animal stalking and film making, creative script writing skills included as well as hopefully, hilariousness.

I’m excited about this because I’m getting kids to make my favorite kind of YouTube time waster! Here’s a link to the class room ready project with stepping stones and links for a self-paced, student centered project. Let me know how it goes and I’ll update in the comments section too. It’s at NextLesson.org

February 17, 2014 at 9:12 PM Leave a comment

Start with fun, finish with depth of knowledge

On the edge of overwhelm with the new standards? Start with what’s fun for kids (and you) to funnel them into real depth of understanding. Here are some ideas and sources to lighten up and light up your students.

Continue Reading February 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM Leave a comment

Take Action Project 2.0 is published!

After 6 years, 3 teachers and about 1,700 students have been through the Take Action Project, the revised and improved version is finally here! Check it out in it’s entirety at a great, new start-up, with an intro right here.

Continue Reading October 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM Leave a comment

Big Whiteboard Brainwave – Everyone’s Invited!

Giant whiteboards invite everyone in a table group to participate in brainstorming, mind mapping and project planning.

Continue Reading September 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM Leave a comment

Shocking Proposed Next Gen Science Standards for Ca middle schools

A mixed-up version of the wonderful Next Generation Science Standards may cripple our students in California unless we take action now. Here’s why and what to do. Please add your voice demanding coherent, practical standards for our sanity in the classroom!

Continue Reading July 3, 2013 at 1:37 AM Leave a comment

Energy Opportunity Finale: The “Marketplace” Game!

An ad campaign for energy opportunities has to be effective in the real marketplace for students to be successful innovators. This simulation helped my students to understand basic economics and political realities of 21st Century America. All made possible with the help of my economist husband. I love the intersection between subject areas, where the most interesting ideas are, and where there are rich possibilities for math, English and social studies links too.

Continue Reading June 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM Leave a comment

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