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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.
Horizon: Mystery of Easter Island Movie Guide Quiz
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Horizon: Mystery of Easter Island Movie Guide Quiz

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

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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!
Electromagnetic Spectrum Foldable for Interactive Notebook or Binder
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Electromagnetic Spectrum Foldable for Interactive Notebook or Binder

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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.
Racing Extinction Video Quiz
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Racing Extinction Video Quiz

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

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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).
Physics Thermal Energy, Heat, and Temperature Vocabulary and Study Guide
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Physics Thermal Energy, Heat, and Temperature Vocabulary and Study Guide

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This is the study guide I use with my students as they prepare for their unit test. The vocabulary includes a space for students to write the definitions as well as a space for them to draw a picture, write an example, or anything else that helps them remember. This is followed by heat review questions. Full answer key with work solved out and explanations included. Study guide including vocabulary is 7 pages long. Also includes 3 powerpoint slides including 2 days' activators and a slide of the daily objectives that accompany this unit. Vocabulary review suggestion - print out single sided. Put numbers on the back to match up the word and the definition. Cut out and play matching!! (Numbers allow students to check their matches). Aligned to the following MA state standards for High School Introductory Physics: 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. 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. Explain the relationships among evaporation, condensation, cooling, and warming. 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.
Electricity and Magnetism Study Guide
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Electricity and Magnetism Study Guide

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Study guide for Electricity and Magnetism Unit Review or Final Exam practice. Includes FULL answer key! Study guide is 6 pages and answer key is 6 pages. Standards addressed: 5. Electromagnetism Central Concept: Stationary and moving charged particles result in the phenomena known as electricity and magnetism. 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. 5.2 Develop qualitative and quantitative understandings of current, voltage, resistance, and the connections among them (Ohm’s law). 5.3 Analyze simple arrangements of electrical components in both series and parallel circuits. Recognize symbols and understand the functions of common circuit elements (battery, connecting wire, switch, fuse, resistance) in a schematic diagram. 5.4 Describe conceptually the attractive or repulsive forces between objects relative to their charges and the distance between them (Coulomb’s law). 5.5 Explain how electric current is a flow of charge caused by a potential difference (voltage), and how power is equal to current multiplied by voltage. 5.6 Recognize that moving electric charges produce magnetic forces and moving magnets produce electric forces. Recognize that the interplay of electric and magnetic forces is the basis for electric motors, generators, and other technologies.
2.1 Electric Charge & Static Electricity, PowerPoint, Notes, PhET Activity
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2.1 Electric Charge & Static Electricity, PowerPoint, Notes, PhET Activity

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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).
Physics 2.2 Electric Current, Voltage, Resistance Guided Notes and PowerPoint
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Physics 2.2 Electric Current, Voltage, Resistance Guided Notes and PowerPoint

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PowerPoint and Guided Notes I use to introduce Electric Current, Voltage, and Resistance. There is also a short activity built into the lesson using a PhET simulation to reinforce the concepts. PowerPoint is 17 slides and includes an activator/bell ringer question and daily objectives. Guided notes are 3 pages and a full answer key is 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. 5.2 Develop qualitative and quantitative understandings of current, voltage, resistance, and the connections among them (Ohm’s law). 5.3 Analyze simple arrangements of electrical components in both series and parallel circuits. Recognize symbols and understand the functions of common circuit elements (battery, connecting wire, switch, fuse, resistance) in a schematic diagram. 5.5 Explain how electric current is a flow of charge caused by a potential difference (voltage), and how power is equal to current multiplied by voltage.
Temperature Conversions, Heat Equation, and Thermal Energy Quiz
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Temperature Conversions, Heat Equation, and Thermal Energy Quiz

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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.
Determining Percent Composition from Molecular Formula Worksheet
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Determining Percent Composition from Molecular Formula Worksheet

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Worksheet designed to help teach/reinforce the concept of determining percent composition of molecules from their molecular formulas in a stepwise fashion. It starts with identifying molar mass from the periodic table and works up to percent composition breaking it down into steps and giving examples for each step along the way. Includes a full answer key!!!
Phase Change Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma Chart
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Phase Change Solid, Liquid, Gas, Plasma Chart

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Chart I created to help my students learn the 4 states of matter (solid, liquid, gas, and plasma) as well as the changes between them. It is a word document for easy editing! There is some empty spaces where I had my students draw their own little pictures for each phase/phase change to help them remember better. Filled in key for easy reference or for students who need modifications (They can just draw pictures and have the pre-filled chart for reference!) Also includes an instructions page to show students what to fill-in where without giving them the answers! Aligned to the following MA state standard for High School Introductory Physics: 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. Explain the relationships among evaporation, condensation, cooling, and warming.
States of Matter, Phase Change, and Heat Simulation Activity
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States of Matter, Phase Change, and Heat Simulation Activity

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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.
Introduction to Work and Power Guided Notes and Practice Worksheet
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Introduction to Work and Power Guided Notes and Practice Worksheet

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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
Biology Unit 1 Chemistry of Life Unit Plan with daily lessons included
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Biology Unit 1 Chemistry of Life Unit Plan with daily lessons included

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Complete Unit plan with daily lesson plan outlines for 9th grade Biology unit 1 - Chemistry of Life aligned to the NEW MA 2016 State standards (easily adjusted to NGSS) including objectives, essential questions, and daily lesson plans. Designed to accompany Miller and Levine Biology Foundations Edition, but could be easily modified to accompany any text. Written in the UBD format. Designed as a 2 week unit with 9 lessons (day 10 is test day!)
Transcription and Translation Class Activity
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Transcription and Translation Class Activity

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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.