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Mr. Matthew's Science

Former Geologist now teaching middle school science, just sharing some of my better made resources for others

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Former Geologist now teaching middle school science, just sharing some of my better made resources for others
Bill Nye: Simple Machines video sheet
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Bill Nye: Simple Machines video sheet

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Bill Nye: Simple Machines video sheet. Very easy for my 7th grade EC classes, it's multiple choice answers (1-9), (10-12) are short response. This way they get a chance to watch the video and not spend all of the time on reading and answering the follow along questions. Some of the things included are... Includes the 6 main simple machines Inclined plane Pulley Wheel and axle Lever Wedge Screw Fulcrum Hard time finding the video to stream try looking on dailymotion Answer KeyIncluded
Producer, consumer, decomposer, food chains, and food webs web-quest.
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Producer, consumer, decomposer, food chains, and food webs web-quest.

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Producer, consumer, decomposer, food chains, and food webs web-quest. This web-quest uses 3 different websites to review consumers, producers, decomposers, carnivores, herbivores, omnivores, and the transfer of energy in web-quest. Includes an interactive food chain Includes a population balance simulation for the students to see how one organism affects the balance of the other organisms. I used this as a review for my 6th grade classes and it worked well. Does not include an answer key
Living on Mars webquest
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Living on Mars webquest

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Simple basic webquest on humans possibly living on the planet Mars. Questions discuss Human contact with Mars Gravity and seasons on Mars How long a year on Mars is and how it snows on Mars Ends with a math problem having the students find out how much someone weighing 150lbs on Earth would weigh on Mars. Over time internet links change, if the link is broken please contact me. takes about 30min to complete
Rock cycle poster activity with rubric
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Rock cycle poster activity with rubric

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Rock cycle poster activity with rubric Includes all the basic requirements including using the 3 main rock type definitions on the poster (definitions are on the rubric) Grading point system is premade for easy expectations and grading. On a word document so you can edit any parts you would like to. Simple easy activity that most students enjoy Used in my middle school classroom, see cover image for some of my 6th grade students completed posters.
Science truth and misconceptions icebreaker
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Science truth and misconceptions icebreaker

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Science truth and misconceptions icebreaker The page includes 26 strips you can cut out, each strip has 3 science statements on it. Two of the statements are true and one is false. I have the students read the 3 statements and let them select people to guess which one is false. Another way to do this is go around the room in order asking students. Another possible way would be to have the students think of another unbelievable fact and say it instead of the provided one. Worked great in my 6th grade science class, one way to bring in some of the curriculum items for the year and to dispel some common misconceptions.
Asteroid, meteor, meteorite, and comet poster activity with rubric.
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Asteroid, meteor, meteorite, and comet poster activity with rubric.

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Asteroid, meteor, meteorite, and comet poster activity with rubric Includes all the basic requirements for a poster. Students must draw the Earth, the atmosphere, and space. Then correctly place, label, and define each of the 4 on the poster. Grading point system is premade for easy expectations and grading. On a word document so you can edit any parts you would like to. Simple easy activity that most students enjoy Used in my middle school classroom, see image preview for some of my 6th grade students completed posters.
Bill Nye: Chemical Reactions Video Sheet
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Bill Nye: Chemical Reactions Video Sheet

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Bill Nye: Chemical Reactions Video Sheet Very easy for my 6th grade EC classes, it's multiple choice answers, the last 2 are short response. This way they get a chance to watch the video and not spend all of the time on reading and answering the follow along question.
Create a energy poster includes note cards and rubric. Thermal Energy & more
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Create a energy poster includes note cards and rubric. Thermal Energy & more

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Create a energy poster includes note cards and rubric. Thermal Energy. Vocabulary words with definitions and visual examples included are 1. Energy 2. Thermal energy 3. Conductor 4. Insulator 5. Conduction 6. Convection 7. Radiation 8. Thermal equilibrium Ideally used for 6th grade but could also be used from 5th to 8th grade. Took 6th graders about 20-25min to do a poster for one word so you can have them do more then one. I used it as a homework assignment for 3 of my 4 classes.
Bill Nye: Space Exploration video sheet
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Bill Nye: Space Exploration video sheet

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Bill Nye: Space Exploration video sheet Bill Nye: Space exploration video sheet 9 multiple choice questions, in the order they come up during the video. 1 short response question. I like this format so the students can read question 1 and once it comes up in the video they read the next question and watch for it in order and not spend forever reading the sheet. I have also added a second sheet for the teacher with a few working links (5/9/16) to stream the video, I will try and keep them updated. If they don't work do a search of dailymotion for the video since they have most Nye videos, also email me so I can keep the list updated. Thanks
Unicellular organism webquest: Amoeba, Paramecium, Euglena, and Volvox
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Unicellular organism webquest: Amoeba, Paramecium, Euglena, and Volvox

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Unicellular organism webquest: Amoeba, Paramecium, Euglena, and Volvox students will go to several different web pages to read details and look at diagrams/pictures of Amoeba, Paramecium, Euglena, and Volvox Student answers to the questions will vary since several are diagrams and explain in your own words open ended questions. Keep in mind as will all internet based resources links do change in any of the links are no longer working please tell me and I will do my best to make it right for you as best I can. 2 pages takes about 45min to complete
Reflection, Refraction, Transmission, Absorption? What happens when light hits?
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Reflection, Refraction, Transmission, Absorption? What happens when light hits?

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This is a great way to promote higher thinking and problem solving while reviewing properties of conductors and insulators. PowerPoint includes refresher guided notes on how light can be reflected, refracted, transmitted, or absorbed when it hits an object. I print out the Riddle pages from the powerpoint 4 per page and cut them apart and tape them around the room. (normally on colored paper) Student then must go around the room and using the clues figure out what the object is and then decide when light hits the object that it will either reflect, refract, absorb, or transmit. Then as a class we review the answers to the riddles and how light interacts with the object described in the riddle. My 6th grade classes really enjoyed this For my AIG class they weren't allowed to talk during the activity and my EC students where given a list of all the answer words as help. 41 total pages file is a in a zip file answer key included
Bill Nye Biodiversity (Ecosystems) video follow along
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Bill Nye Biodiversity (Ecosystems) video follow along

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Bill Nye: The biodiversity video sheet, includes a link to the video on the sheet. Very easy for my 6th grade EC classes, it's multiple choice answers 1-8, and 9 asks. "Why is it important for humans to conserve all organisms in an ecosystem? " Number 10 asks "What is one new thing you learned while watching the video on the biodiversity. " This way they get a chance to watch the video and not spend all of the time on reading and answering the follow along questions. Hard time finding the video? look on dailymotion
Bill Nye: Spinning things (The motion of spinning objects) video sheet
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Bill Nye: Spinning things (The motion of spinning objects) video sheet

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Bill Nye: Spinning things (The motion of spinning objects) video sheet. Very easy for my 7th grade EC classes, it's multiple choice answers (first 10), the last 4 are short response. This way they get a chance to watch the video and not spend all of the time on reading and answering the follow along question. Also includes Centripetal, Centrifugal forces, and how an object acts and reacts when spinning or when something comes in contact with a spinning object. Hard time finding the video to stream try looking on dailymotion Includes answer key.
Weather and the atmosphere: Bundle
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Weather and the atmosphere: Bundle

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This bundle focuses on the weather, with a few resources on the layers of the atmosphere. Includes weather fronts, forecasting weather.
Bill Nye: How Sound Waves Travel video follow along sheet
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Bill Nye: How Sound Waves Travel video follow along sheet

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Very easy to follow multiple choice for questions 1-9 #10 asked the students to answer the question "List one thing that you found interesting about sound from the video" This is a sheet for the lower grades or a way to differentiate for inclusion classes by simply removing the multiple choice options for the regular education students.
Soil Profile (Horizon) Poster activity with grading rubric
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Soil Profile (Horizon) Poster activity with grading rubric

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Soil Profile (Horizon) Activity with grading rubric Includes all the basic requirements including using the 3 main soil horizons with definitions on the poster (definitions are on the rubric). Definitions include Topsoil Humus Subsoil Bedrock Parent rock Grading point system is premade for easy expectations and grading. On a word document so you can edit any parts you would like to. Simple easy activity that most students enjoy Used in my middle school classroom, see cover image for one of my 6th grade students completed posters. Teaching Duration 45-60 Minutes
Plants and Photosynthesis web-quest
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Plants and Photosynthesis web-quest

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Plants and Photosynthesis web-quest Basic introduction to plants, their parts, and how they produce food using photosynthesis. Students will draw and label 2 diagrams, fill in the missing words in a few of the lines, define/describe some of the key terms, and have a few questions at the end that requires them to think about the answer. Worked well in my 6th grade science class. www.biology4kids.com Key words covered Photosynthesis, leaf, stem, chloroplast, glucose, O2, CO2, light dependent reaction, vascular systems, roots, root hairs, terminal bud, Xylem, pollination, thorns, resperation, epiphytes, and others. 2 pages no answer key took my classes about 60min to complete
The Sun, Moon, and Earth web-quest introduction.
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The Sun, Moon, and Earth web-quest introduction.

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The Sun, Moon, and Earth web-quest introduction. Introduction to the interactions of the Sun, Moon, and Earth. Used it with my 6th grade classes and it went well. Topics include Size of the Earth What makes Earth a terrestrial planet Earth rotation Earth revolution How long a complete rotation and revolution take Simulation on the Sun being the center of the solar system How the Earth revolves around the Sun, and the Moon around the Earth. Size comparison of the Moon, Earth, and Sun How the visible reflection of the Sun on the Moon influences the phases of the Moon viewed on earth. A build your own solar system simulation How fast are we moving through space right now. If the students have headphones with this lesson it works better because there are 2 video clips from youtube on the sheet. * I upload the worksheet to my webpage so it is easier for students to download and just click through the page on their computer. 2 pages long took my students about a hour to complete no answer key
Introduction or review of plate tectonics web quest.
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Introduction or review of plate tectonics web quest.

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I have used this webquest as an introduction to plate tectonics with my 6th grade classes, it can also be used as a review or for reinforcement. Students will be looking up the answers about the crust of the earth. Draw, define, and give examples of the 3 different plate boundaries. Answer questions about how plate tectonics can create earthquakes and tsunamis. There is also an interactive game students play at the end about plate tectonics. 2 pages, no answer key included, took my 6th graders about 60 minutes to complete