Zygote Body and the Science of Our Bodies

I came across a great post by Alison Fromme detailing a muscle groups learning plan. I love this lesson because the plan:

  1. Ties standards for English Language Arts to science.
  2. Uses a real-life situation (Sgt. Ron Strang’s leg injury) to explain muscle groups.
  3. Combines technology, small-group learning, and kinesthetic learning to teach science.
  4. Combines reading as a tool for learning science.

Another site I love for learning is http://zygotebody.com/. Use this website as a tool for students to interactively explore all aspects of our bodies.  Students can see various body systems: veins, muscles, bones, lymph, and others.  The 3-D aspect of this website is unparalleled (and cool)!  I highly recommend both these resources as tools for teaching students about their bodies.

Taken at Body World’s Exhibit in Portland, OR 12.15.11


Mrs. Jones


Mashable’s 10 Must Have Apps for High School

Flying into Portland, Oregon

Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year:

I really found this website useful. There are some great science and math connections here!

10 Must Have Apps for High School

Mrs. Jones Class Rules

•          Solve problems.

•          Everyone learns.

•          Be in the present moment.

•          When you know better, do better.

Have a great year!

Mrs. Jones

Classroom Tech: ClassDojo and Socrative


These apps seem to stand out in the classroom.

Need some ideas for classroom management or student response? I have two recommendations:

Class Dojo is a tool that helps teachers manage behavior and boost engagement in class really quickly and easily. ClassDojo enables teachers to recognize specific behaviors and accomplishments in real-time, with just one click of a smartphone or laptop button.

How I use it:  I am teaching a unit on energy (for science).  I created about 5-6 groups for each class.  The groups created names and were allowed to select their avatars.  You can use the program to record every student but I chose groups. You can select (and create) positive and/or negative behaviors to “award” to your groups/students.  I only have positive behaviors right now.  The program makes a sound (because we have a sound system) every time I give an award to a group.  The students look up to the SMARTboard to see which group got the award and for what (staying on task, quietly working, leadership, focus, fast transition, etc).  I don’t say a word.  The kids behave positive almost instantly. I am awarding the winning group a pizza or ice cream party during lunch at the end of the unit.  I give small rewards every other day (erasers, pencils, candy) for different things like “most improved”, “farthest along”, etc.

Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops.

How I use it: I use this tool to test students on prior knowledge and content retention.  Kids seem to like the interactive real-time nature of this app.  There is a teacher site and a student site.

If you have a chance to try them out or have other suggestions, leave me a comment!


Mrs. Jones

Need help in math or science? Check out Khan Academy

Photo courtesy of: 365 Days of Inspiration

Teachers can integrate math and science literacy into instruction by asking for writing samples. Ask open-ended questions that students can answer in twenty-five words or less:

  • What is your favorite type of math or science and why?
  • Should students be allowed to use calculators on tests?  Why?
  • What does proficiency mean?  Provide an example.
  • Which is most important: to correctly solve a problem or show your work?  Why?

As students become more comfortable writing, this tool can be used to assess a student’s overall understanding of math and science concepts.  A student should be able to comfortably explain the idea or reasoning behind a math formula or scientific concept instead of applying rote memorization. Sal Khan (Khan Academy) calls this type of understanding the intuition of math and science. I highly recommend his website for learning about math and science (and several other areas of education too).  What I love is the high definition videos. They usually range 10 – 20 minutes and are targeted for learning in shorter spurts.  Students can earn badges by building listening time, practice time (they have great practice problems), and variety in subject listening. Want to learn more?  Check out this article.  While some think this model will replace modern day educators, I believe it provides a great enhancement.

Science Teacher Online Resource Links

I just finished a class on secondary methods for teaching science.  Our teacher compiled a list of the resources. <– Shout out to Ms. Howe!   Enjoy.

Science Teacher Online Resources

Action BioScience A non-commercial, educational web site created to promote bioscience literacy.
Class Zone The McDougal Littell site to locate science textbooks in middle and high school.
Classrooms 2.0 This is a great site to locate informational videos to share in the classroom.
CPO Science Teaching and learning tools for hands-on science educators.
Gravity Lesson Plans Lesson Planet’s list of plans for gravity for all grade levels. Try the first 10 days for free and $49.95/year after that.
Interactive Science Teacher Bill Wilkinson’s site for guided inquiry science lessons for cost.
Khan Academy I highly recommend this site for instructional videos on several topics including math and science.
Longwood Central SD Check this site out for great science lessons created using Notebook software.
Virtual Physics Labs A collection of links to selected interactive virtual physics labs found on the web for low cost and most for free.
National Center for AIM For students with sensory, physical, cognitive, or learning differences and their teachers, accessible instructional materials (AIM) may open doors to teaching and learning that ordinary print-based materials have closed.
NSF Portal – High School National Science Digital Library (NSDL) funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) list of science links for high school.
NSF Portal – Middle School NSDL’s list of science links for middle school.
Online Labs A list of freely available online biology lab resources, including microscopy, genetics and life science.
PhET Interactive Simulations University of Colorado’s online simulations for biology. Other sciences and multiple language options too!.
Quiz Hub (Games) Free science (and other subjects) online games. There is a cost component to other parts of this site.
Physics Quizzes Free online interactive quizzes on school Physics, physics problems & laws of physics provided by Syvum.

Science Education Zone Cody’s science education zone – Bricklayer’s lesson in physics.
Science Guy (Bill Kuhl) This web site proves that by showing you how to build rockets, airplanes, gliders and cars that really work. You can build many of these projects with parts you can find around the house or buy cheaply at a store or online.
Science Kids Science experiment ideas for kids.
Seismic Waves and the Slinky Lawrence Braile (Purdue University) and the IRIS Consortium provide information about an example of seismic waves using a Slinky.
Sheppard’s Software Test your knowledge about the universe with quizzes and games and expand your science horizons by reading illustrated articles.
Simple Machines Lesson Plans A list provided by appliancehelp.com of simple machine lesson plans.
Space Shuttle Launch YouTube video (about 2 min) – Space shuttle Atlantis final launch: NASA video of last takeoff.
Teachers’ Domain A free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting. Media resources, support materials, and tools for classroom lessons, individualized learning programs, and teacher professional learning communities.
The Connected Classroom Kristin Hokanson’s wiki of science and other subject resources for teachers.
The Science Spot Tracy Trimpe’s science website for middle school teachers and students.
USA.gov for Science Science.gov searches over 50 databases and over 2100 selected websites from 12 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.
Weightlessness in Space YouTube video (approximately 2 ½ minutes) of weightlessness in International Space Station