Moon Phases Card Sort Game

This is a card sort activity that can be used when teaching moon phases in your class.

The product includes:
-8 moon phase photos cards with moon phase name on them
-8 blank moon phase photo cards
- 1 Sun with name on it
- 1 Sun that is blank
- 1 Earth with name on it
- 1 Earth that is blank

There are two activities in one with this product.

The first activity allows the student to place the moon phase photo and name card in the correct location, as it relates the Earth and the Sun. To enrich this activity you could also use the photos and name cards separately. They would have to place each of them as it relates to the Earth and the Sun.

The second activity allows the student to match the picture and moon phase name with each other.

There are actually many ways that you can setup the activity, but these are some of the ways that I have used it.
I use this activity to solidify knowledge in the classroom, but have also used it during interventions or as a state test prep activity.

The activity is 100% aligned with TEKS 8.7B
-demonstrate and predict the sequence of events in the lunar cycle

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Density Lesson Plans

Density is one of the toughest topics for middle school students to understand…until now.  I have created a solid density lesson plan that will help with this challenging subject.

This unit is to be taught over about 5-6 days if you have 45 minute class periods.  It comes with a well-written lesson plan, 3 instructional videos (taught by me), 3 sets of notes, 2 practice activities, 3 lab write-up, a homework activity, and a unit assessment.  This exact unit has been taught in my classroom for several years and the students seem to really enjoy it.

You can download the density lesson plans here.

Density Unit - Everything You Need to Teach Density

 

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Exit Ticket Template – Editable

I quickly put this little number together during my off period today.  It’s an exit ticket template that can be used to assess knowledge and understanding at the end of a lesson.

Ideally, it would be used after a student learns new material and you want them formatively assess them.  Print out a bundle of them and have a student cut them into strips.

This ticket it editable in MS Word, and I have also included it as a PDF.

Download the Exit Ticket Template here.  By the way…IT’S FREE.

Exit Ticket Template - Editable

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Energy Transformation Card Sort Activity

I created an energy transformation card sort activity for my 8th grade science class. It allows students to organize their knowledge by matching pictures of different objects to the correct energy transformation that is taking place.

I use this activity as a team activity in class and have also used it as a lab station. One of the things that I really like using it for is for remediation. Students are much more receptive to coming in for tutoring if you are going to provide fun activities for them.

The activity contains high-quality image cards and a matching energy transformation text card.

The following images are included:

Gasoline Powered Car
Flashlight
Hydropower Dam
Electric Guitar
Fireworks
Flashlight
Iron
Light Bulb
Roller-coaster
Solar Calculator
Tree Growing
Windmill

This activity is aligned with TEKS 6.9C

(9) Force, motion, and energy. The student knows that the Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it just changes form. The student is expected to:

(C) demonstrate energy transformations such as energy in a flashlight battery changes from chemical energy to electrical energy to light energy.

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Characteristics of Organisms Card Sort Activitiy

This card sort activity was the help students identify the difference between some common characteristics of all organisms.  The vocabulary words used in this activity are:

Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic

Unicellular and Multicellular

Autotrohphic and Heterotrophic

Asexual and Sexual

There are 12 image cards total and enough vocabulary cards so that a student can do the entire activity in one sitting.  I use this activity as a reinforcement to a lesson that I have already taught on the common characteristics of organisms.  I will also be using this as a STARR prep activity before the exam this year.

This lesson is aligned to TEKS 6.12D, but can be used by any classroom that teaches the following concept.

6.12 –  Organisms and environments. The student knows all organisms are classified into Domains and Kingdoms. Organisms within these taxonomic groups share similar characteristics which allow them to interact with the living and nonliving parts of their ecosystem. The student is expected to:

(D) – identify the basic characteristics of organisms, including prokaryotic or eukaryotic, unicellular or multicellular, autotrophic or heterotrophic, and mode of reproduction, that further classify them in the currently recognized Kingdoms;

You can download the activity here.

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Plate Boundaries Video Lesson – Divergent, Convergent and Transform Boundaries

This is a video lesson that I did for my class over divergent, convergent and transform plate boundaries.

The graphic organizer referenced in the video can be found HERE

 

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Leaderboard Project – Create Your Own Science Cube (100 pts)

Create Your Own Science Cube - For this project you will be creating your own science cube using an online tool.  The web app allows you to input  your own information and then print out a 3D cube.

Full Points Value - In order to receive full credit for this project you must meet all of the following guidelines

  • Go to the Cube Creator, enter your name, and choose Create-Your-Own-Cube
  • On each side of the cube there will be a question and anwer.  Please keep  the theme of your cube to one topic that we have covered in school this year (ex. Density, Average Speed, Heat Transfer, Energy Transformations, etc.)
  • Please bring the cube to class and also email me the original pdf (cube) file so that I can post it online.

Some examples that I can think of are

  1. Create a cube that has 6 different average speed word problems on it.  Make sure that the answers are there and that you use the proper unit of measurement.
  2. Create a cube that has 6 different density problems on it.
  3. Create a cube that has 6 different examples of energy transformations
  4. Create a cube about metals, nonmetals and metalloids

BE CREATIVE!  QUALITY COUNTS!

 

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Leaderboard Project – Create a SlideRocket Presentation Comparing and Contrasting Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells (100 points)

Create a SlideRocket Presentation Comparing and Contrasting Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells (100 points)


For this project you will be creating a SlideRocket presentation that compares and contrasts prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. SlideRocket is similar to Power Point, but it is done completely online. You may also choose to do a Google Presentation (Google’s version of Power Point) if you wish.

Full Points Value – In order to receive full credit for the project you need to follow to guidelines below.

Choose to create SlideRocket or Google Presentation

The presentation must explain to someone what the similarities and differences are between prokaryotic cells are. Pretend that you are explaining it to someone that has never heard either of these terms before.

Send me the link to the presentation via email or share it with me through Google Docs

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Leaderboard Project – Create Your Own Science Website Using Weebly (250 points)

Create Your Own Science Website Using Weebly (250 points) - For this project you will be creating a website that revolves around a central scientific theme.  This is not a project that you will be able to complete in one sitting.  It has the highest point value of any of the leaderboard projects and I’m expecting some really solid-looking websites.  Watch the video introduction from Weebly to get started.

 

Full Points Value -In order to get full credit for this project you will need to follow the guideline below.

  • Create a free account at Weebly.
  • The website must be built around a central scientific theme.  Websites that have too many themes are too busy and are generally not very user friendly.  Some example themes may be chemistry, a favorite animal, geology, volcanoes, or hurricanes.  Come up with your own.  Here are some more options.
  • The website must have at least 5 pages, 5 images, 2 videos, 3 hyperlinks to other sites, and 15  paragraphs (3 per page).   These guidelines are the bare minimum.  Of course, you can include as much as you would like!
  • Email or tell me the URL of the completed website.

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Leaderboard Project – Construct a Model of an Animal Cell and Plant Cell (175 points)

Construct a Model of an Animal Cell and Plant Cell (175 points) – For this project you will be constructing a model of a plant and animal cell.  This project is worth almost double of some of the other projects.  Do a great job on it.

Full Points Value – In order to receive full credit for this project you must follow that guidelines below. I don’t want to limit your creative capabilities on this project.  As long as you are within my guidelines I will accept it.

  • The model must be 3D (no drawings).  Please don’t use food items.
  • Use the image above to guide you on what you need to have labeled.  There are also many more pictures on the internet.
  • On a separate sheet of paper, write or type the definition (function) of each part of the plant and animal cell.
  • Bring it to class to share.

 

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