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Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Recipe eBook

Funny and Yummy!!

The secondary teacher/authors of have teamed up to bring you the most fabulous (FREE!!) eBook for the holiday season.  Each participant submitted a favorite recipe that is ravenously consumed by our families during the holiday season.

What's included?  46 scrumptious recipes ranging from appetizers, main dishes, salads, desserts, drinks, and even dog treats!   Click the images below to download the free eBook.  You will not be disappointed!

This super idea was the brain-child of Karol Steele (Mrs. S on TpT).  Many thanks to Karol for organizing, compiling, and publishing this fun eBook.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Day of Giving Back by TpT Sellers

Please join us on this Sunday, December 14, for a day of "Giving Back." Many teacher/authors who sell on TpT are donating some or all of their earnings on this day to a favorite charity.  Many thanks to Erica Colon (Nitty Gritty Science) for organizing this wonderful event!

Each participating seller has chosen a charity that is near and dear to their heart, and each will be donating their earnings to their chosen charity.  All participating sellers will display this logo on their store front so that you know who is participating. You can also check out all of the participants in the linky below.

I would like to tell you a bit about the organization I will be supporting.  St Jude Children's Research Hospital is a truly amazing place.  This hospital is a leader in the research and treatment of childhood cancers.  From their web site, "Since opening 50 years ago, St Jude Research has played a pivotal role in pushing overall US pediatric cancer survival rates from 20 to 80 percent.  Our strength comes from an unparalleled integration of research and clinical care."

No child with cancer is ever turned away from St. Jude, and families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, housing, travel or food.

I have had the immense pleasure of visiting the campus of St Jude many times, and can attest to the truly remarkable atmosphere.  Both of my children are healthy, but I am reassured knowing that this wonderful place exists for those who are in need.

So, on December 14, I will be donating 100% of my TpT earnings to this fabulous charity.  Click this link to visit my TpT Store.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Season's Greetings From TpT!

Have you seen the 2014 Holiday eBooks?

Lots and lots of teacher/authors from have teamed up to bring you these fabulous eBooks.  They are packed with tips and suggestions for better teaching, but best of all, every single page has a link to download a free teaching product. These freebies are 'ready-to-print" and "read-to-go" activities and lessons that you can use immediately in your classrooms.

There are several different eBooks for different subject areas and for different grade levels.  Click the links below to download the free eBooks.

Math and Science for Grades 6-12

ELA and Social Studies for Grades 6-12

Grades 3-5 Edition

Grades 1-2 Edition

PreK-K Edition

Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday giving ... With a Science Twist!!

Your students will have a blast with this dichotomous  classification key!

(It's educational ... sort of ....)

Very rarely in my high school biology classes do we have the time to devote to a holiday activity.  I make an exception each year for this fun, but very important activity.  I do this activity each year to remind my students of the importance of community service and “giving back” to our community. 

The purpose of the activity is very simple:  To put together stockings of candy and Ziploc bags of toiletries that can be donated to a local charity.

This is a free download from my TpT store, and is suitable for grades 5-12. Click here to download.

Just before Thanksgiving, I place a donation box in my room.  I explain to my students that I am collecting their spare change for a service project that we will do just before school is out for the holidays.  I talk briefly about being thankful for what we have, and that we have an obligation to help others who are less fortunate than us.  I ask them to place their donations in the collection box whenever they have a bit of change in their pockets to spare.  I encourage them to give what they can, and that all donations are a personal and private matter.   I accept the donations for about 3 weeks prior to the activity.  The students are not allowed to ask each other how much they donated, etc.  I use this change to purchase the items needed for the activity.  

Students will use the dichotomous classification key to identify each of the candies and each of the toiletries seen above.  Each item has been given a very special and unique name for this fun activity!  Ok, I'm going to admit that the science is a little "shaky" in this activity, but the students deserve a break from time to time, and they do love doing this activity.

The end result is that you have stockings of candy and bags of toiletries to donate to a food bank, a nursing home, a homeless shelter, or other charity of your choice.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your students and families!

This is month #2 for the Secondary Smorgasbord! The theme this month is Holiday Traditions.  Be sure to check out all of the other participants in our monthly blog hop.  Thanks to Darlene Anne Curran (The ELA Buffet) and Pamela Kranz (Desktop Learning Adventures) for hosting our monthly blog hop event!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

TeachersPayTeachers Cyber-Monday (and Tuesday!) Sale!

Click above image to visit my TpT Store, Science Stuff.

There are so many FABULOUS Teacher/Authors on TpT.  I hope you will visit each and every one of their terrific stores.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Secondary Smorgasbord: A Buffet of Resources for Secondary Teachers

The Secondary Smorgasbord Theme of the Week??
Free and Fabulous!!

I am super excited to be participating in a new monthly blog hop / linky for secondary teachers.  This terrific idea is the brainstorm of two friends Darlene Anne Curran (The ELA Buffet) and Pamela Kranz (Desktop Learning Adventures).  I was fortunate enough to finally meet both new friends this past summer at the TeachersPayTeachers convention in Las Vegas.

The idea behind this blog hop is to provide you secondary teachers with some new ideas, tips for your classroom, free teaching materials, and anything else we can think of.  So welcome to the first installment of the Secondary Smorgasbord!  The theme for this month is "Free and Fabulous!"  Be sure to click on the links in the first paragraph of the post so that you can grab all of the awesome free teaching materials.

What is on the smorgasbord menu from Science Stuff?  I have decided to highlight two freebies that I have in my store.  Both are simple one-page references tables, but I have used both of these in just the last week!  If you are a biology or a chemistry teacher you know that both of these play a very important role in our classes.  I know you already have these tables, but I have spruced them up to make them attractive for our students.

For the Biology teachers:  Here is a chart of all 64 mRNA codons and the amino acids they code for.  This is a must-have during your unit on DNA, RNA and Protein synthesis.  (Click image or red text to download freebie.)

For the Chemistry teachers:  This is a table of electronegativities.  This is a must-have during units on the periodic table and bonding.  Click image or red text to download freebie.)

Again, be sure to check out all the posts / freebies by clicking the links in the first paragraph.  I hope you find something you can use!  Be sure to watch each month for the Secondary Smorgasbord Buffet of Resources!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Evolution and Classification Warm Ups and Interactive Notebook Pages

Do you love teaching about evolution or dread it?

I am the biggest biology nerd ever, so I love ALL of biology.  But I really, really, really love teaching about evolution, followed up with classification.  My first year biology students have very poor (and uninformed!!) ideas and knowledge about evolution.  For many of them, it is the first time they have been taught about it.  Others come with a lot of misinformation.

This makes for such a fun teaching situation!  Just for kicks, ask your students about their opinions on the topic of evolution BEFORE you teach them the unit. I am always amazed at their misconceptions and poor knowledge base.  When you have finished teaching your unit, ask the students again about their opinions.  I love that over the course of a couple of weeks the opinions of many will be changed, and the knowledge level of all has been increased.

And the best part?  There is never a dull moment in class.  I love the discussion and the questions and the arguing!  I love to see the wheels turning in their brains.

Since this material tends to be new for most of my students, I developed a set of 61 warm ups / bell ringers / interactive notebook pages to use during the unit.

There are so many ways to use these pages.  I have my students keep a "Biology Warm Up Notebook."  It is a perfect way to review and reinforce material from the previous day, and it is a fantastic classroom management tool. 

My students come in, grab the warm up and get right to work. By the time I have finished taking roll, answering questions, dealing with the "stuff" that we teachers always have to deal with, my students are settled down and are already hard at work. There are too many pages to be completed in class, so I often use them as homework assignments, and review guides for the unit test.

Keeping a "warm up" notebook provides a perfect way to
review for the semester exam or end of course testing.

Below is a table of contents.  The 61 pages include all of these titles.

Here is a look at format.....

As always, I hope you are having a terrific year with your students.

Links to all Warm Ups / Bellringers/ Interactive Notebook Topics: