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I have been teaching 9th grade Introductory Physics for 6 years. Along the way, I've taught some Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Integrated and Environmental Science.

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I have been teaching 9th grade Introductory Physics for 6 years. Along the way, I've taught some Chemistry, Biology, Engineering, Integrated and Environmental Science.
Big Motion and Forces Review Foldable for Interactive Notebooks or Binder

Big Motion and Forces Review Foldable for Interactive Notebooks or Binder

Motion and Forces review foldable for interactive notebooks or binders. Print double sided so it includes 5 pages of information (or print single sided to hang on the wall)! There is also a mini-book version included for a different approach to the material. Reviews Scalars, Vectors, Distance, Displacement, Speed, Velocity, Acceleration, Force, Newton's Laws, Projectiles, and Gravity! Great for end of unit, midterm, final, or standardized test prep! No more boring study guides! Fully editable template for easy adjustment to fit your individual needs as well as PDF format. Full answer key included! Teaching duration varies by use and student ability. MA State Frameworks: 1. Motion and Forces Central Concept: Newton’s laws of motion and gravitation describe and predict the motion of most objects. 1.1 Compare and contrast vector quantities (e.g., displacement, velocity, acceleration force, linear momentum) and scalar quantities (e.g., distance, speed, energy, mass, work). 1.2 Distinguish between displacement, distance, velocity, speed, and acceleration. Solve problems involving displacement, distance, velocity, speed, and constant acceleration. 1.3 Create and interpret graphs of 1-dimensional motion, such as position vs. time, distance vs. time, speed vs. time, velocity vs. time, and acceleration vs. time where acceleration is constant. 1.4 Interpret and apply Newton’s three laws of motion. 1.5 Use a free-body force diagram to show forces acting on a system consisting of a pair of interacting objects. For a diagram with only co-linear forces, determine the net force acting on a system and between the objects. 1.6 Distinguish qualitatively between static and kinetic friction, and describe their effects on the motion of objects. 1.7 Describe Newton’s law of universal gravitation in terms of the attraction between two objects, their masses, and the distance between them. 1.8 Describe conceptually the forces involved in circular motion. Total Pages15Answer KeyIncluded
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Bundled Physics Study Guides

Bundled Physics Study Guides

SAVE A BUNDLE!!! Buy them together! 4 Study guides for use as end of unit or end of year review including motion, forces, energy, heat, electricity, magnetism, and waves. 28 pages of questions (Some questions repeat between the individual study guides and the combined guide). Answer keys included for all!! Together they cover all of the introductory physics MA state standards.
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Chemistry Final Review Family Feud Game

Chemistry Final Review Family Feud Game

Love the Family Feud? Here’s the Chemistryy Edition!!! Two variations of the Game. Can be used for midterm and final exam review! PowerPoint is editable, so questions can be changed, replaced, or even swapped in order. Follows the standard family feud style and is designed for 2-3 teams. Scoreboard built into the game for convenience. Timers are also built in for the lightning round. Includes a teacher info slide and a lightning round question slide with acceptable answers and suggested point values. Each game has 9 standard rounds plus the lightning round. Great opportunity to review a lot of concepts and open review discussions!
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Transcription and Translation Class Activity

Transcription and Translation Class Activity

Class activity where students perform the roles of RNA polymerase to transcribe DNA into mRNA. Then the mRNA travels to the cytoplasm, where a ribosome and some tRNA await to translate it into Amino Acids. Provides great review of the processes as well as emphasizing the roles of the 3 types of RNA. Also great for launching discussions about mutations and other important topics. Activity requires some prep work the first time. I recommend in the activity directions that the pieces be laminated for ease of reusing and the pieces be printed on colored paper, but this is not required. Students, other teachers, and administrators love this activity and the finished product is a great display item.
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Transcription and Translation from DNA to coded traits worksheet

Transcription and Translation from DNA to coded traits worksheet

Worksheet that utilizes the imaginary purple people eater monsters to give students practice transcribing and translating to identify amino acids that code for specific traits. For added fun, students are asked to draw the monsters coded for by the DNA. The worksheet is 12 pages so that each student may have a unique monster! There is a full answer key included for ease of checking student work. Additionally, I have included an excel sheet of the DNA, mRNA, and Amino Acid codes for each trait for ease of making additional monster combinations.
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Percent Composition, Hydrates, Empirical and Molecular Formulas

Percent Composition, Hydrates, Empirical and Molecular Formulas

Guided worksheet that reviews determining percent composition of a compound, finding hydrate formulas based on mass from a dehydration reaction, using percent composition to determine empirical formulas, and using empirical formulas to determine molecular formulas based on experimental molar masses. Guided format with notes and examples built in for use in teaching the concept with a practice problem for each section. Great for introducing or reviewing concepts. 2 pages plus full answer key included.
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Lewis Dots and VSEPR Geometries with PHET worksheet

Lewis Dots and VSEPR Geometries with PHET worksheet

Students are asked to draw Lewis dot structures of molecules and then assign their geometries. Links to the PhET activities in which these molecules are modeled are provided so that students may visualize the molecules in 3D and check their assigned geometries. 1 page worksheet and full answer key included.
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Biology Family Feud Final Exam Review Game Part 2

Biology Family Feud Final Exam Review Game Part 2

Love the Family Feud? Here’s the Biology Edition!!! Game 2 based on the topics: Taxonomy, Anatomy, Evolution, Speciation, Ecology, Biogeochemical cycles, Scientific method, Protein Synthesis, Characteristics of living things, and macromolecules. Can be used for midterm and final exam review! PowerPoint is editable, so questions can be changed, replaced, or even swapped in order. Follows the standard family feud style and is designed for 2-3 teams. Scoreboard built into the game for convenience. Timers are also built in for the lightning round. Includes a teacher info slide and a lightning round question slide with acceptable answers and suggested point values. Each game has 9 standard rounds plus the lightning round. Great opportunity to review a lot of concepts and open review discussions!
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Biology Family Feud Review Game Part 1

Biology Family Feud Review Game Part 1

Love the Family Feud? Here’s the Biology Edition!!! Game 1 based on the topics: cell organelles, Characteristics of life, Biochemistry, Inheritance, Enzymes, Cell Transport, Photosynthesis, Cell Cycle, Mutations, DNA, and Viruses. Can be used for midterm and final exam review! PowerPoint is editable, so questions can be changed, replaced, or even swapped in order. Follows the standard family feud style and is designed for 2-3 teams. Scoreboard built into the game for convenience. Timers are also built in for the lightning round. Includes a teacher info slide and a lightning round question slide with acceptable answers and suggested point values. Each game has 9 standard rounds plus the lightning round. Great opportunity to review a lot of concepts and open review discussions!
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Racing Extinction Video Quiz

Racing Extinction Video Quiz

Quiz For Racing Extinction Video, can also be used as a video guide while watching. I used 30 of the Questions from throughout the film.
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Thanksgiving or Easter Stoichiometry Practice Worksheet

Thanksgiving or Easter Stoichiometry Practice Worksheet

Stoichiometry practice worksheet with a holiday theme! Spell "Happy Turkey Day" by solving chemistry problems! Not teaching Stoichiometry till later in the year? Then try the Easter version! PDF and word versions and Full answer key included!
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Horizon: Mystery of Easter Island Movie Guide Quiz

Horizon: Mystery of Easter Island Movie Guide Quiz

I used this as a review quiz after watching the Horizon Film: Mystery of Easter Island (available on youtube). It contains 21 questions specifically about the movie followed by 4 questions from our introduction to Environmental Science - Topics: Renewable vs Nonrenewable resources, Tragedy of the Commons, Sustainability, Difference between Environmental Science and Ecology and Environmentalism, and Ecological Footprints. Full answer key included as a separate word document for ease of grading. 25 questions total on 2 pages. Some short answer some more in depth. ALSO contains a second copy of the answer key with suggested point values for each question.
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Ohm's Law, Electric Power, and Energy Practice Worksheet and PowerPoint

Ohm's Law, Electric Power, and Energy Practice Worksheet and PowerPoint

PowerPoint I use to review Electric Circuits (with some hyperlinks to great animations online), Ohm's Law, Electric Power, and Energy (in kW-Hours). The PowerPoint includes practice questions, activator, and daily objectives and is 11 slides. This should be followed by the Practice Worksheet, which is 11 questions increasing in difficulty and is accompanied by a full answer key. MA Framework Focus: 5.2 Develop qualitative and quantitative understandings of current, voltage, resistance, and the connections among them (Ohm’s law).
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Introduction to Work and Power Guided Notes and Practice Worksheet

Introduction to Work and Power Guided Notes and Practice Worksheet

Guided notes to accompany introduction PowerPoint (my primary free product!) and practice problems including solving for work and power, identifying when work is done, and a fill-in-the blank review section of vocab from work, power, force, etc. Designed to accompany: PowerPoint Introduction to work and power with examples and practice problems
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Temperature Conversions, Heat Equation, and Thermal Energy Quiz

Temperature Conversions, Heat Equation, and Thermal Energy Quiz

Short Quiz I use in my physics class as a formative assessment of their understanding of how to do temperature unit conversions, use the heat equation, and apply some of the concepts we have learned. Contains 2 open response style problems and a fill in the blank section. Two versions are provided, one with and one without a word bank for the matching for your convenience. Also, a full answer key is included. Could also be used as a classwork or homework assignment! Aligned to the following MA state standards: 3.1 Explain how heat energy is transferred by convection, conduction, and radiation. 3.2 Explain how heat energy will move from a higher temperature to a lower temperature until equilibrium is reached. 3.3 Describe the relationship between average molecular kinetic energy and temperature. 3.4 Explain the relationships among temperature changes in a substance, the amount of heat transferred, the amount (mass) of the substance, and the specific heat of the substance.
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6.1 Thermal Energy, Heat, and Temperature PowerPoint & Guided Notes

6.1 Thermal Energy, Heat, and Temperature PowerPoint & Guided Notes

Includes Daily objectives, key concepts, and sample problems using temperature scale conversions and using the heat equation. Designed to accompany Pearson Science Explorer: Motion, Forces and Energy Chapter 6 Section 1 (though it could easily be modified to fit any text. PowerPoint is 17 slides, guided notes is 3 pages. Full Answer Key included!
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2.1 Electric Charge & Static Electricity, PowerPoint, Notes, PhET Activity

2.1 Electric Charge & Static Electricity, PowerPoint, Notes, PhET Activity

PowerPoint, Guided Notes, and an activity to teach students about Electric Charge and Static Electricity. Activities use PhET simulations Balloons and Static Electricity and John Travoltage. There is also an an activity for students to actually rub a balloon on their hair and investigate what happens. Required materials: computer with internet access and a projector, 2 balloons, empty soda can, string. I did this as a whole class activity where one student went to the board to run the simulation under the direction of their classmates. If you are a 1-1 school, they can do these on their devices individually and then you discuss as a class. PowerPoint is 15 slides and includes 2 days' activators and objectives. Notes are 4 pages. Activities are built directly into the lesson with hyperlinks in the PowerPoint. Full answer key included! MA State Frameworks: 5.1 Recognize that an electric charge tends to be static on insulators and can move on and in conductors. Explain that energy can produce a separation of charges. 5.4 Describe conceptually the attractive or repulsive forces between objects relative to their charges and the distance between them (Coulomb’s law).
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States of Matter, Phase Change, and Heat Simulation Activity

States of Matter, Phase Change, and Heat Simulation Activity

Activity that investigates phases of matter, effects of adding heat, mixing substances, and energy transformations using two PHET simulations from Phet.colorado.edu. Contains links to quickly access the simulations and multiple screenshots from the simulations to assist students in completing the activity. Most of my grade 9 students were able to finish in just less than one full class period (~45 minutes), though not quite all. My lower level students have also been able to complete, but required 2 full periods (110 minutes total). More or less time may be required based on the level of your students. FULL answer key included. MA State Standards Addressed 3.2 Explain how heat energy will move from a higher temperature to a lower temperature until equilibrium is reached. 3.3 Describe the relationship between average molecular kinetic energy and temperature. Recognize that energy is absorbed when a substance changes from a solid to a liquid to a gas, and that energy is released when a substance changes from a gas to a liquid to a solid. 3.4 Explain the relationships among temperature changes in a substance, the amount of heat transferred, the amount (mass) of the substance, and the specific heat of the substance.
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Electromagnetic Spectrum Foldable for Interactive Notebook or Binder

Electromagnetic Spectrum Foldable for Interactive Notebook or Binder

Electromagnetic Spectrum foldable, great for introducing the spectrum or review! Allows students to showcase their creativity, but can easily be taped/glued into an interactive notebook or binder for reference. Easy to print single sided template as well as student instructions, a second template with the names of the waves pre-typed (must be printed double sided), and a sample template pre-filled in. Included are both the word document for easy editing as well as a pdf version.
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