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Top 10 Tools for Teaching Science. Be a H.O.T. Science Teacher!. Today’s Agenda:. Simulation: The “Old” vs. “New” Science classroom 2. Introductions 3. Next Door Neighbor Chat: Engaging Teaching Table Tools 4. Inquiry Activity/Where’s the Nuts? 5. Brain Break

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Top 10 tools for teaching science
Top 10 ToolsforTeaching Science

  • Be a

  • H.O.T.

  • Science Teacher!

Today s agenda
Today’s Agenda:

  • Simulation:

  • The “Old” vs. “New” Science classroom

  • 2. Introductions

  • 3. Next Door NeighborChat: Engaging Teaching Table Tools

  • 4. Inquiry Activity/Where’s the Nuts?

  • 5. Brain Break

  • 6. Demonstration of Technology use in Science Lab

  • 7. Human Graph

  • 8. Think, Pair, Share/Alphabet Roundtable

Engaging tools

What do BROWNIES, BOOKS, & BALLS have in common?

Excitement fills the eyes of students EVERY day upon entering a science lab.

WHY? Tools for Inquiry

Our youngsters are naturally filled with wonder, so why not nurture opportunities for students to take charge of their own learning with high quality, engaging, relevant tools designed for today’s classrooms.

Engaging Tools

Science simulations
Science Simulations

  • Using Simulations, role playing, and

  • even story telling in SCIENCE:

  • Teaches students how to make connections

  • Portrays authentic language experiences

  • Adaptable for multiple ability levels

  • Engages students with different learning styles

  • Builds confidence, motivation, and self esteem

Books books books
Books! Books! Books!

  • The following books are just a small selection of

  • our favorite science-related picture books

  • aligned with the National Science Education

  • Standards. (YES, this can be implemented

  • at the high school level!!! )

  • Over the Steamy Swamp by Paul Geraghty

  • A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

  • The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons

  • Grand Canyon by Linda Vieira

  • The Popcorn Book by Tomie de Paola

  • Oil Spill by Melvin Berger

  • Pancakes, Pancakes! By Eric Carle

Books continued
Books!! (Continued)

  • Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

  • Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!!! By April Sayre

  • Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young

  • If You Find a Rock by Peggy Christian

  • Papa, Please get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

  • Girls Think of Everything by Catherine Thimmesh

  • Dr. Xargle’s Book of Earthlets by Jeanne Willis

  • Butternut Hollow Pond by Brian J. Heinz

  • Somewhere in the World Right Now by Stacey Schuett

  • The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow

  • Weird Friends: Unlikely Allies in the Animal Kingdom by Jose Aruego

  • Everybody Needs a Rock by Byrd Baylor

  • The Big Rock by Bruce Hiscock

  • The Magic School Bus Series

  • There’s a Hair in My Dirt by Gary Larson

Food for fire
Food for Fire…

  • Take food out of the kitchen & into the classroom to teach science & mathematics!!!

And food for thought
And… FOOD for Thought!!

  • When teaching scientific inquiry,

  • food can be one of MOST effective teaching tool.

  • Any time food can be incorporated into the lesson,

  • DO IT!! Your students WILL be actively engaged.

  • Some ideas for playing with your food in science lab are:

  • Best Brownies- solid liquid & gas or mixtures

  • Ice Cream in a Baggie- solid, liquid, & gas

  • Fast Fudge- solid, liquid, & gas

  • Making Oobleck (cornstarch & water) solid, liquid, & gas

  • Mentos & Soda- solid, liquid, & gas or mixtures & solutions

  • Scrumptious Solar Systemmodels with cookies, M & M candy, etc…

  • Lip-smacking Landforms made brownies, cookies, icing, cones, etc…

Food for thought cont
Food for Thought (cont.)

  • 8. Finding the Fizziest Formula- acids & bases

  • 9. Apples & Lemon Juice- chemical changes

  • 10. Floating eggs- density

  • 11. Identifying & raising Herbs- parts of a plant &

  • it’s role ( grow lab)

  • 12. Pumpkin Seasonal Science-

  • baking pumpkin seeds-parts of a plant & role

  • making pumpkin smoothies- solid, liquid, gas, mixtures/solutions

  • 13. Phases of the Moon- Oreo cookies

  • 14. Marshmallow Molecules Models

  • 15. Dirty Decomposers- Various types of food in sealed jars

  • 16. Growing Crystals- rock candy (types of rocks, caves)

  • 17. Cookie Mining - (with choc. chip cookies) Earth’s land resources

  • 18. Vinegar Volcano landforms; magma/lava; rock cycle

Food for thought cont1
Food for Thought (cont.)

Volume of an Oreo vs. Double Stuffed

Plate Boundarieswith graham crackers &

Rice krispies.

Smores- Mols

Gummi BearAtoms

M & M or Skittles Bingo

Sink or Float- Coke & Diet Coke

Snickers Bar- The Rock Cycle

It s not all fun games
It’s NOT all Fun & Games

Games as a Teaching Tool

Music as a Teaching Tool

Music is known to affect our feelings and energy levels. It can prompt memories, enhance brain activity and stimulate the mind.

Play music &Create music!!!

Here are some science music series:

“Blinding You with Science”

“The Jammin Classroom”

Bill Nye Science Guy music video

Sid the Science Kid songs


Go to You Tube , Teacher Tube & type in the topic

  • Onion Ball/Snowball fight

  • Slap

  • Hot potato

  • Connect Four

  • Battleship

  • Pong

  • Beach ball

  • Oh Deer!!

  • Hunting Minibeasts

  • Acorns!!

  • The Game of Life: Stem Cells

Helpful science websites

  • Technology




  • www.classdojo






Helpful ScienceWebsites

Helpful websites

  • Technology (cont.)











Helpful apps

  • Technology

  • Science 360 WWF Together

  • Spacecraft 3D Near Pad

  • Particle Zoo Lab Timer

  • Fotopedia: Wild Friends American Museum of

  • Leaf Snap Natural History

  • Nature Mobile Nature Tap

  • Earth NOW

  • Biobots

  • Park Guides

  • Peterson

  • Animal Planet


Science journals
Science Journals

  • Incorporating Writing into the Science Curriculum:

  • Science teachers typically think of a lab report as

  • a way of incorporating writing into the science classroom.

  • However, writing can be integrated into science in

  • many other ways.

  • Begin class with a writing prompt that requires students to think.

  • Utilize illustrations, graphs, and other graphics in a new way.

  • Evaluate scientific articles.

  • Keep a journal outlining procedures and findings.

  • Evaluate a seminar, lecture, or media presentation.Develop a letter to the editor of a scientific journal.

Science journals1
Science Journals

Suggestions for Effective use of

Reflective Science Journals:

1. Teacher teachestopic in class.

2. At the end of

each lesson, students write

in their Science Reflective


3. At the end

of week, teacher collects

SRJ to read.

4. Beginning of the

next week, teacher highlights

one or two interesting

questions in class.

5. As part of a follow up, teacher/students

explore questions

with their peers

or with resources

suggested by the


Goal setting the key to success

Goal Setting - The Key to Success!

Brain breaks
Brain Breaks




Trading Places

Six Spots

Mingle, Mingle, Group!

Dance Party!

Freeze Dance!

The Finger & Thumb


  • Our students should have a

  • kinesthetic brain break every 25-

  • 30 minutes.

  • Brain breaks are

  • refreshing to students and

  • teachers alike.

  • They do take some

  • time out of class, but the

  • efficiency of our students goes up

  • when we incorporate them.

  • Please share out if you use a

  • particular brain break!!

Cool science resources
COOL Science Resources

AIMS (Human Graphs)


Every Science Stories

Science Court

Science A-Z

Movement grouping
Movement & Grouping

  • Table Positions

  • Job Grid

  • Shoebox materials

  • Caddies & tubs

  • Grouping

  • Organization, organization, organization!! The materials must be ready to go for each class period.

  • Noise level-LOUD; can still be managed with index card system, rainstick, xylophone or chimes, etc…

  • Science is MESSY!!!!! You will spend A LOT of time setting up & cleaning up every day!!