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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 Light Optics, Bending, and Bouncing (light interaction) video sheet
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Bill Nye Light Optics, Bending, and Bouncing (light interaction) video sheet

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Bill Nye Light Optics, Bending, and Bouncing Episode 48 video sheet. Video about light interaction. Very easy for my 6th grade EC classes, it's multiple choice answers, the last is a 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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Biomes of the world, webquest or paper lesson
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Biomes of the world, webquest or paper lesson

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Biomes of the world, webquest or paper lesson. Biomes of the world, webquest or you could print the pages from the webpage for an all paper lesson. Can also be used where each biome is a center. All answers can be found at http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/ You have the option of using this as a webquest or like I did with my 6th grade science class modify the pages and print out class sets for the students to read. 6 biomes included are Freshwater Marine Estuary Savanna Rain Forest Desert Explain to the students that they are supposed to write a short summary in each box for every biome. Main questions include Biome location, Climate/weather, Animals, Plants, People and this biome. You can modify it just by changing the biome's on http://kids.nceas.ucsb.edu/biomes/ website they have 14 listed. Or you can change the questions to your liking as well.
The Layers/Inside of the earth webquest
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The Layers/Inside of the earth webquest

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Simple webquest using kidsgeo.com to go through the different layers of the earth, the composition, and depths of each layer. Using BBC.com students will use the simulation "journey to the center of the earth" to take a trip to the center of the earth they will document what they find at various levels. Finally they are to label a diagram of the earth with crust, mantle, outer, and inner core. Worked well with my 6th grade classes. 2 pages, took about 45min for my classes to complete Does not include a answer key
Bill Nye: Heat, Thermal Energy Video sheet
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Bill Nye: Heat, Thermal Energy Video sheet

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Bill Nye: Heat (energy) video sheet, includes a link to the video on the sheet. Very easy for my 6th grade EC classes, it's multiple choice answers. 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. 3 short response questions Define conduction Define convection What did you find interesting from the video Hard time finding the video try dailymotion does not include an answer key
Inside the earth, the layers of the earth reading and questions
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Inside the earth, the layers of the earth reading and questions

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Inside the earth, the layers of the earth reading and questions An introductory sheet about the earth and its layers. Includes 12 questions after the reading passage. The passage explains the depth, temperature, and properties of each layer. It also makes the comparison of the earths layers to that of an egg. I couldn't find a simple sheet to use so I made this as the first homework sheet for my 6th grade classes and it went well. Word format document so you can add or edit the questions. Answer key not included
Biome and animal mini-research internet project
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Biome and animal mini-research internet project

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I did this with my 6th grade class, on the website provided they must select one the the biomes to do a little research on, about it's location, climate, animals, plants, and some additional facts. Students can chose from 10 different biomes. After they research the biome they must select an animal that lives in that biome to do a little research on. They must find basic information about the animal, its habitat, what adaptations it has to make it successful, is it a carnivore, omnivore, or herbivore, and where it fits into it's food chain. The final question they must diagram the animals food web using 8 biotic items and 3 abiotic items found in it. Worked great as a review for my 6th grade science classes. 2 pages takes students 50-60min to complete
6 major body systems gallery walk note taking and question sheet Intro/review
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6 major body systems gallery walk note taking and question sheet Intro/review

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The 6 major body systems included are Nervous system Circulatory system Respiratory system Muscular system Skeletal system Digestive system I like to use this as an intro to 7th grade body systems however it can be done as an end of grade review. Student sheet includes a column for each sheet, students will look at the posted slides and record for each system its main function, the major organ (if any) of it, and its body location. As well 2 ways it works with other systems. Included is a 8 slide powerpoint 6 slides are systems 1 slide for each one. My students enjoy this since they aren't just sitting taking notes from a powerpoint. Answer keys provided for both student sheets. Teacher directions Print out slides 3-8 from the powerpoint I tape them to the walls around my room, or it can be done in stations. (2 copies of each for a group of 25) I discuss the student sheet and the expectations on filling it out with the class. I gave my classes 20-25min to go around the room. Once they all complete the sheet we review their answers quickly as a class 10min You can use the question sheet while they go around the room if you want to, or after they finish around the room, personally I use it as a quiz for the next day. 12 pages total Took 24-50min in my classes
Bill Nye: The Water Cycle video sheet
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Bill Nye: The Water Cycle video sheet

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Bill Nye: Phases of matter video sheet. Very easy for my 7th grade EC classes, it's multiple choice answers, the last 3 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. Some question topics include The hydrological cycle Condensation Evaporation How molecules move when energy is added/removed How the earths water has been recycling for 3 billion+ years.
Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic cell poster activity with rubric guide
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Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic cell poster activity with rubric guide

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Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic cell poster activity with rubric Includes all the basic requirements including using the 2 different cell organelles on the poster (19 organelles are listed on the rubric, students must label 15 total) Students must draw and label one Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic cell each, the Eukaryotic one can be a plant or animal as long as they draw and label it correctly. 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, the thumbnails are some of my 7th grade students completed posters.
Sun, Moon, and Earth Systems vocabulary notes
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Sun, Moon, and Earth Systems vocabulary notes

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Powerpoint I use to introduce the vocabulary of the Sun, Moon, and Earth Systems with my 6th grade classes. Vocabulary words and definitions include 1. Rotation 2. Orbit 3. Revolution 4. Eclipse (with short youtube video) 5. Solstice 6. Equinox (with short youtube video) 7. Season (with short youtube video) 8. Gravitational force (with short youtube video) Each definition has a sentence that uses the word for the student to copy down. Also included is a student note sheet for vocabulary squares, where they must copy the word and definition (provided by the powerpoint) and on their own write a sentence using the word, and draw a diagram or give an example of the word. Several of the slides have links to videos on youtube to support the word. 13 pages total Takes 30-40min
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: 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.