How do you avoid getting sick as a teacher when sick is all around you? It’s hard to stay healthy as a teacher. We’re constantly around kids who are sick. Kids who borrow our pencil or breathe on us when we come over to help them. We’re in an enclosed space for hours at a […]
Make friction fun using these simple activities you can do in your class with no prep and very few supplies. Activity #1: Interleaving a pair of phone books. I’m sure you’ve seen this demonstration where someone puts one page of one phone book down then the first page of the second on top of it. […]
What is the immune system? The immune system is a collection of organs, tissues, and cells within an organism’s body that protects it from bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other things that would otherwise get you sick. What are the different parts of the immune system? The immune system has a special transport network called the […]
It is infamously difficult to get and keep the attention of teenage students. If you’re struggling to get your students excited, check out these 10 tips. There’s a valid reason for the famous, “Bueller, Bueller, …Bueller,” quote is used as often as it is. The reason: teenagers are not easy to entertain, let alone engage. […]
Eclipses occur when one celestial body is shadowed by another. On Earth, we observe two types of eclipses: solar and lunar. Solar eclipses occur when the moon passes precisely between the Sun and the Earth and all three bodies are aligned. The moon casts its shadow on the Earth and blocks the Sun from our […]
If you’re reading this, odds are good that the idea of implementing the NGSS in your classroom is enough to keep you up at night. For many teachers, the task of updating their curriculum to reflect the new standards can appear extremely daunting. If you are one of these teachers, I say to you, “fret […]
Here is a list of books teachers have mentioned that are good reads for their classroom. Rocket Boys (The Coalwood Series #1) by Homer Hickam The #1 New York Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir—a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn […]
How will teaching with the 5E model help you and your students? They allow students to get hands-on and actually do things instead of just listening The 5E’s push students to apply what they’ve learned to new situations They emphasize inquiry, critical thinking, and the process of science They are scientifically backed They’re definitely not […]
It was proposed by Business Insider UK that an ugly font will force students to concentrate harder on what they’re reading compared with a font like Times New Roman. Since they will be focused more on the text, they will absorb more content and be able to recall the information more effectively. You can view […]
Teaching with the 5E’s. Click here to access the 5E bundle – https://gum.co/hUvNT A brief 13-minute session that outlines why the 5E approach makes learning and teaching so much effective. To download a complete 5E lesson, click here – http://www.teachwithfergy.com/cells-and-the-cell-theory-5e-lesson-download/
What’s the best way to maintain your sanity this year? I’ve compiled a list of the single most important teaching tip from 39 teachers just like you so please have a look, crack a smile, and realize you’re not alone. 1. File away papers as soon as I am done with them instead of stacking […]
Here are 8 easy ways to improve your use of technology in the classroom 1. Create A Simple Class Website: Create a class website using simple and ready-to-use hosts like http://www.edmodo.com. If you are feeling up the challenge, create your own website using these free providers. • Wix – http://www.wix.com/ • WordPress – http://www.wordpress.com • […]
First up, the sky isn’t blue, it’s transparent (clear or see through). The sky only looks blue because we have the Sun, we have an atmosphere and because of the way our eyes work. Earth’s atmosphere is mostly made of oxygen and nitrogen gas. As sunlight hits Earth’s atmosphere, it hits these particles and gets […]
What is fermentation? Fermentation is a metabolic process done by microorganisms as well as human cells. It can be used to create many things including wine, bread, yogurt, and beer. In the process, microorganisms break down carbohydrates such as starch and glucose and change them into carbon dioxide, alcohol, and energy. One of the key […]
Organic is a HUGE industry at the moment but is it better? There are a lot of opinions out there and unfortunately, most (if not all) are biased one way or another. Let’s try to break it down scientifically. At the bottom of the page, I’ve included an awesome podcast episode from Science Vs. I highly […]
Osmosis and the Mighty Potato – Classroom Inquiry and Demonstration Osmosis is simply the diffusion of water molecules across a semi-permeable membrane. As is the case with diffusion, water molecules like to go from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration. This demonstration shows quantitively and qualitatively, the effects of osmosis. […]
This activity can either be done as a student inquiry or teacher demonstration. In either case, a preliminary and follow-up discussion can be used to stimulate thinking and reinforce concepts taught in the unit. Materials needed: • 2 tea bags • 2 transparent mugs or glasses • cold water – ice cold water if possible […]
This activity is the coolest thing I’ve created and your kids are going to love it, mine do. Here’s how you implement them. Print the QR codes and place them around the room Place your students into groups Let them loose! They move from Location to Location as they complete their tasks. Each Task is […]
What is climate? When we talk about the climate, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the temperature in an area. Africa typically has a high temperature and therefore, we think of it as having a warm climate. Antarctica is usually cold so it has a cold climate. But the term actually means […]
Hydraulic Fracturing a.k.a. Fracking, is a very poorly understood and yet, much-feared process. It strikes dread into many hearts but most people don’t even know what it is. The process of fracking begins by drilling a well vertically to the depth of the oil and gas reserves which are usually found 1 – 2 miles […]
1) Don’t look like an idiot in front of your students! Know your stuff, keep your credibility The fastest way to lose your students is for them to think you’re an idiot. Why would they pay attention to someone who knows less than they do? This is the biggest mistake I find most new teachers […]
Where would we be without the men and women who pioneered the science we now rely on? Would we have lights without Edison or Tesla? Space travel and GPS without Einstein? Maybe, maybe not. Yes or no, the world would be a different place without them. To help others better understand their contributions, I’ve created […]
What’s the best way to manage the end of year craziness that always ensues just before any school break but especially prior to summer? I’ve asked around and this is what teachers told me. I’ve broken the responses down by grade level. K – 5: I make sure to schedule time with friends or family […]
Can you recall feeling restless, having trouble sleeping, being irritated and moody? There was probably something exciting (good or bad) going on in your life that you were stressed about. Stress is literally a reaction of your body to a challenge – any challenge or demand at all. In daily life, people use the word […]
Student behavior problems are the foe of almost every teacher, no matter the grade or subject. How do you discipline a student who doesn’t seem to care? They ignore you, don’t hand in their work, talk constantly, and you are left dealing with a kid whose parents may be either indifferent or just as incapable […]
Students who physically experience scientific concepts understand them more deeply and score better on science tests, according to a new UChicago-led study. Furthermore, “Those students who physically experience difficult science concepts learn them better, perform better in class and on quizzes the next day, and the effect seems to play out weeks later, as well,”. Obviously, […]
When a student is enjoying their classroom experience, their tendency to learn increases exponentially. Does that mean we need to cater to their every whim? Of course not, but there are things we can do to meet them half-way. 1. Entertain and educate An effective teacher must be an effective entertainer. It’s not what you […]
Please note, all names have been changed. Dealing with students’ misconceptions Before they reach your classroom, students have spent their entire lives making guesses about why things happen, checking out these guesses in the real world, and refining their theories about how the world works. Generally, this process works. But sometimes, students can end up […]
The bell rings and your students rush in while talking with their friends and discussing this, that and the other thing. How do you get your kids settled at the start of class? What I feel is the most effective way to settle students down is to show them a quick video that helps get them […]
We can all agree that a lot of what we communicate with others is implied through body language and facial expressions, it certainly is when I’m speaking with my wife. However, one man, Albert Mehrabian, performed multiple studies in the 1960’s which were meant to quantify how much of this communication is done through various […]
So that’s me about two weeks ago after an unfortunate water tubing incident. As I was tubing (see below to see what tubing is) I was propelled forward and the rope caught my arm. This hurt quite a bit and left a nice bruise on my left arm which lasted for about a week. As you know though, […]
Are you looking for some really creative and talented Teacher Authors to follow? I did my research and spent a lot of time looking at the various sites out there created by teachers. My criteria for choosing the five sites below included: Quality blog content which provides real value for their reader Actively involved in […]
So you’ve been hired and have started teaching. Now how do you optimize our student’s classroom experience so that they get the most out of their education? Here are 4 Ways to Effectively Communicate As A Teacher – Part 1 Entertain and Educate I’ll start with what I feel is the one of the most important aspects […]
What is the magic formula then to go from an inexperienced pre-service teacher to a wily veteran? It boils down to 7 things. 1. Learn by doing. We all remember that assignment in school where we actually did something useful and perhaps tangible. I remember mine, do you? I learned by doing and that’s the […]
You know and I know that that first cup of coffee can really get your GI tract moving. But what’s inside a cup of coffee that makes you have to go #2? This video by Reactions brings you the answer.
John is a high school friend of mine and this video he shot is truly spectacular. Have a look at the relationship between a lion and his owner!
Are you looking for some really creative and talented Teacher Authors to follow? I did my research and spent a lot of time looking at the various sites out there created by teachers. My criteria for choosing the five sites below included: Quality blog content which provides real value for their reader Actively involved […]
The Flipped Classroom. I flipped my classroom last year and had tremendous success. The students were more engaged in class as we didn’t need to spend all our time going through the notes. Instead, the students watched the videos at home and spent class time either practicing the skills or performing an activity. This allowed […]
If you’ve seen the Marvel movie Ant-Man you know that Hank Pym can shrink himself to the size of an insect hence the name, Ant-Man. The science behind shrinking yourself is very interesting as many factors come into play such as density, loss of mass, speaking frequency, etc. Now I understand this is a fictional […]
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma? Basal Cell Carcinoma is a type of “abnormal, uncontrolled growths or lesions that arise in the skin’s basal cells (skin cells which produce new skin cells), which line the deepest layer of the epidermis (the outermost layer of the skin). Basal Cell Carcinomas often look like open sores, red patches, […]
Having enough battery life and storage in my iPhone is always an issue. It’s a pain to be out and to be limited to what I can do because I’m worried about battery life or having to delete pictures because I’m running out of space. I think you’ll agree. I love my phone but I hate […]
What is an invasive species? An invasive species is a non-native (not naturally found) species which has been added to an area. The addition to the area can be natural such as through migration due to habitat loss or range extension. It can also be a result of human activity such as intentionally moving animals into […]
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I just got home from taking a plane across the country and I’m still amazed (as I am every time) that something so huge, so heavy can get off the ground. I understand the science behind it but it still seems impossible every time I see a jumbo jet just sitting there on the runway. Plus […]
This 15 Telling Time to Five Minutes Task Card resource covers is geared towards grade 1-3 students (or higher grade students experiencing difficulty) who are learning about or reviewing telling time with analog clocks with five minute increments. It can be utilized in a clue gathering, puzzle solving, highly active and engaging activity for those […]
Ever seen a volcano erupt before your eyes?
I came across this great post by planetsmarty.com and I wanted to share. For the original article please click here. 1. Build a toy parachute You can treat this project as an engineering challenge or follow an excellent toy parachute tutorial from Zakka Life. And check out this terrific round up of crafts that fly from […]
With all the recent news about Vaccinations, Jimmy Kimmel weighed in on the issue with the help of some real doctors.
Watch below for the answer.
How to start every class. To begin a class I want my kids thinking science and what better way than to show a quick science (connected to the content or students lives in general) video, usually 3-4 minutes long which leads to a class discussion. These videos create a minds-on mentality, generate discussion and allow […]
This year I undertook Genius Hour for the first time with my grade 12 university physics class to great success. What is Genius Hour? Genius Hour is inspired by Google’s 20% time whereby employees are permitted to use 20% of their working time to be creative and explore ideas that matter to them and which […]
As teachers, we need to know whether our students have understood a lesson before we move on. One way is to have a quiz but that’s a lot of pressure on your kids and it doesn’t always tell you what they KNOW, just what they can reproduce in that particular situation. Plus it takes a […]
Introduce or review the Scientific Method in a fun way with this simple activity. Your students will create various planes in order to test a single variable effect on flying distance. Great for inquiry, collaboration and developing research skills. Fully editable Word document which can be altered to fit your students needs. It can be […]
It’s maybe not the most relevant for everyone but I’d wager its the most interesting for many students and the topic they look forward to most when I introduce the year ahead. Why, well Space is amazing! It’s huge and full of mysteries like Black Holes and potentially, aliens. In fact what I tell my students […]
So I showed this demonstration to my four year old and he loved it. I then showed it to my grade 10 science class, they loved it (although I couldn’t trick them to think it was actually magic) and then I showed my colleagues who were equally sceptical about its true magical properties but we’re […]
So you are debating when or how or how many labs you should implement into your classroom. There’s a very easy answer to that, as many as humanly possible and which will still allow you to provide your students with content they require in order to meet the subjects expectations. Why you ask should you […]
This ecosystems lab allows your students to create and carry out a a hands-on, engaging experiment on how humans affect our environment. It utilizes the steps in the scientific method to scaffold learning and allow your students to come to a conclusion based on findings that are tangible. Click here to check it out […]
Videos can be a great way to explore and demonstrate aspects and intricacies to your students you wouldn’t normally be able to because of expense or danger (i.e. blowing up a building, touring Jupiter’s Giant Red Spot, etc.). Therefore, the value of videos is huge is used properly as they can provide a visual context […]
This Freebie Review comes from The Science Penguin TpT Store. Everyday my students are given new terms to remember and it gets confusing. Not only are there many terms, but often names in science sound very similar (i.e. chromosome, chromotid, centromere, etc.). They have their notebooks but after a few weeks of a unit, it […]
Thanks to IFLS “Let’s face it; by and large math is not easy, but that’s what makes it so rewarding when you conquer a problem, and reach new heights of understanding.” Danica McKellar As we usher in the start of a new school year, it’s time to hit the ground running in your classes! Math […]
By Olivia Cucinotta My high school English class had just finished reading Madame Bovary, and we were all confused. (For those of you who have not read it, please skip to paragraph two. Spoiler alert!) Emma Bovary, a listless housewife in search of the passionate love she’s read about in books, has many sordid affairs, […]
This Review comes from the Laura Candler TpT Store. As anyone who has followed along with me knows, I love demonstrations. My favourite, is one I wrote about a while ago, methane bubbles. I use it to get the wow factor out of my kids. Laura has come up with a terrific demonstration that will do the […]
This Review comes from Nyla’s Crafy Teaching (http://mscraftynyla.blogspot.ca/) as well as Rachel Lynette’s TpT Store. What’s better, the movie or the book? I think in most cases it’s the book for a variety of reasons. Often the movie cuts many important aspects out or simply doesn’t get it. There are many examples of this but […]
photo credit: Unicef. Children of African ethnicity have the same risk of autism from vaccines as others, that is none. Share82.7K Tweet299 7 Reddit4 18 Anti-vaxers are still lying to you, but their latest lie comes with just a hint of racism as well. Sadly, it’s spreading like wildfire on social media, proving once again that Mark Twain’s saying “A […]
photo credit: Neil Milne BuzzBuzzNailArt. Blog post shared with permission from the author. In the future, a change in nail polish color could be its own warning. Four undergraduate students at North Carolina State University are attempting to produce a nail polish that will reveal the presence of “date rape drugs” such as Rohypnol and GHB […]
Genetically modified crops are a topic of intense debate that have sparked a lot of controversy over the years, fuelled largely through a lack of understanding and vast amounts of misinformation. Do we need GM crops? Are they dangerous? This article is going to give a brief overview of this huge topic and also discuss some […]
Teach With Fergy’s Entire Secondary School Science Resource Collection. By purchasing this package you will save 40% vs purchasing each resource individually plus you will receive all future products free! These include my Lessons, Units, Task Card Activities, WebQuests, Bill Nye The Science Guy Video Worksheets and more. I will be raising the price of […]
I’ve just uploaded two brand new introductory science lessons. Cell Membrane and Transport – Includes 40 slides, 6 embedded videos and 3 student activities. Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis – Includes 28 slides, 3 embedded videos and 1 student activity with answer key.
As always, Vsauce3 answers this burning question in a very entertaining and yet, scientifically accurate manner.
Not too long ago I had no idea what a task card was or how it could effectively be utilized in the classroom. I did some research and what I found was that task cards were simply worksheets, broken down into individual questions posted onto cue cards and I wasn’t really that impressed. I started […]
The Unit Package includes a complete lesson set for a Biology unit on Cells and Body Systems. Included in the package: – 5 weeks of teaching material – 9 Power Points totaling 215 slides – 3 unit assignments/projects Mitosis Flip Book Ethical Issues in Science Creative Video Assignment – Teacher and student versions – Student […]
Students are always working at a different pace from each other and as an educator, you want to make sure that you are providing an opportunity for those who move at a faster rate to explore and learn as they can. This is especially true if you want to provide your kids with a project […]
A great article written by Mark Karadimos. The original can be found here. What is math? Those who do not appreciate math are those who do not understand what math is all about. That is why the nature of math desperately needs to be explained. Simply put, math is about solving problems. How can math […]
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There’s very little that gets my kids more engaged and excited in the classroom as my Climate Change Debate. The debate focuses on the idea of human-man/natural climate change. Students have to argue whether we are responsible for the current situation we find ourselves in or whether it’s a natural process that we have little […]
For anyone who is interested in making math more fun and engaging for their students, I came across these three sites which can easily be incorporated into any classroom. If you teach math, they are definitely worth a look. Prodigy Game – Great adventure-based mathematics game CLIPS NLVM Algebra Manipulatives
Getting students involved in their learning and keeping them interested and engaged can be the most difficult thing to accomplish as an educator. Many students are very reluctant to get involved and some fear it due to social pressures or a lack of knowledge. By creating a learning environment where students aren’t afraid to get involved, many of […]
I think this is a fantastic infographic showing the various paths someone can take based on their scientific interests. Have a look and pass it on to your students.
The Western Australian Government has decided to institute a shark cull. “Any shark more than three metres long – which could include Great White, Tiger and Bull sharks – will be shot and disposed of” after be ensnared by the baited hooks which line the beach 1 km off shore. More than 4,000 people gathered […]
Information via ASAP Science: Why is it so dang COLD? This infographic shows the “polar vortex,” the wind pattern that, when at full-strength, keeps freezing temperatures in the Arctic, where they belong. With climate change, the vortex is becoming weak, bringing the cold temperatures that we currently see down upon the US and Canada. […]
It’s not enough to simply teach facts and information to our students because in reality, those facts will mean nothing in 5-10 years. In fact, most of the jobs we are “preparing” them for will not even exist when they reach the job market so why are we wasting their time? As educators we need […]
Many of you have already checked out my video page but I wanted to update you on its scope. Currently, I’m up around 400 videos, all sorted by subject – Biology, Ecology, Chemistry, Physics, Space, and Miscellaneous. The is increasing every day so come by and check it out. As well I’d like to draw […]
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Do you know anyone who has had the measles? What about mumps? Do you know of anyone who has ever known anyone who has had either? No? What about polio? You can thank vaccines. But I heard someone say doesn’t it cause autism? The only paper to ever link autism with vaccinations was proven to be […]
http://goo.gl/PivRFV The Arizona Bark Scorpion is perhaps the most dangerous scorpion in North America. It’s venom can cause severe pain in adult humans, immobilizing and potentially causing convulsions. Many people say it’s similar to getting a bad electric shock. Some also experience swelling of the area, frothing of the mouth, and respiratory failure. Despite its […]
I find myself overloaded with information on a daily basis since like most people with young children, I’m up and going from 6 A.M. until they’re in bed just after 8. I find taking a small break can be just what I need to keep from losing focus and becoming unproductive. That’s not to say […]
Please pay attention as there will be a test when you are done. The tricky thing about colour blindness is that many people don’t know they are colour blind until they get tested (40% of colour blind pupils currently leaving secondary school are unaware that they are colour blind – http://www.colour-blindness.com/general/prevalence/). Why would they? They naturally […]
For all of you who enjoy a good Venn Diagram, there’s an App for that. Watch the tutorial below then click on the image on your right to be directed to the iTunes Store to download this free teaching tool.
What’s the coolest demonstration I do in class? What gets the kids out of their seats and screaming for more? Methane bubbles, methane bubbles, methane bubbles!!! Picture this… You put some water and hand soap into a funnel and turn on the gas all while discussing about the four types of chemical reactions previously covered. […]
The Higgs Boson Particle has gotten a lot of media attention these days but what is it? If your interested in the Higgs Boson Particle but don’t really know what it is, this is a real good explanation from the New York Times.
Really good video – have your kids watch it before/during a space unit or just as a breather.
How great would this be as an inquiry project, something to introduce projectile motion, or just as a really cool activity in the classroom. The Catapult is great for all ages. A colleague who has used this activity sent me her lab, if you’re interested, please have a look at the activity as it would really […]
I’ve been teaching for a few years now and there have been many ups and downs. There were times when my class would get out of hand or there would be an incidence that needed dealing with right away and at times I was prepared and during others, I was less so. However, what I’ve […]
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