Teach Photosynthesis with a 3D Tree Leaf Model – FREEBIE

This morning I was feeling motivated and decided to create a model to help students understand photosynthesis a little bit better.  I think the end product came out really well.  The 3D tree leaf model can be used in a variety of different classes.  In my school we will use it in 7th grade as a supporting project for our … Read More

The Evolution of my Middle School Science Word Wall

When I first started teaching a few years ago I was introduced to the importance of word walls. I learned that they allow students easy access to academic vocabulary, and that they provide students a point of reference when writing or speaking with academic vocabulary. My first word wall was built using those long plain index cards. I wrote the … Read More

A New Take on a Class Periodic Table Project

Every year we do a periodic table wall project, but we have always done it with pieces of paper.  I found this awesome school periodic table project using cereal boxes on Pinterest the other day and realized that I was selling my students short. This project is far more impressive to look at than a wall full of pieces of … Read More

Density Lessons for Middle School

Density is another unit in middle school science that kids have a tendency to struggle with.  I have put together a complete step-by-step lesson plan that is to be taught over the course of 5-6 class periods. My density lesson plan includes: Complete lesson plans for a 5-7 day unit on Density 3 video lessons (~10 mins each) created by … Read More

Body Systems Card Sort Activity

This activity allows students to sort the 10 body systems by system, main function, and major organs. I use this body systems card sort activity in my class when I’m teaching body systems, but also use it for intervention/tutoring, and test reviews. This students will thank you for allow them to play a game rather than have to study notes. … Read More

FREE Moon Phases Card Sort Activity

Arguably one of the most challenging science concepts to teach in middle school is the moon phase unit.  It is such an abstract idea and many students just can’t wrap their heads around it. I have created a moon phases card sort game that helps put things into perspective. The product includes: 8 moon phase photos cards with moon phase … Read More

Characteristics of Organisms Card Sort

I have created a characteristics of organisms card sort activity that will help students with a lot of the middle school vocabulary that I have to teach during my biology unit. The card sort helps reinforce the following concepts in a fun way.  Each of these topics are included in the card sort. Autotrophic vs Heterotrophic Sexual vs. Assexual Prokaryotic … Read More

Top 5 Reasons That Your Class Should be Using Interactive Notebooks

When I was in school we took notes on loose leaf paper that MAYBE made it home with us that night.  There wasn’t any organization in my notes, and I could barely read what was written on them when there was.  Now that I’m a teacher I have seen the power of using an interactive notebook in my class. Top … Read More