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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.
Lewis Dots and VSEPR Geometries with PHET worksheet
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Lewis Dots and VSEPR Geometries with PHET worksheet

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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.
20.1 Viruses Guided Notes and PowerPoint
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20.1 Viruses Guided Notes and PowerPoint

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Guided notes and PowerPoint I use to introduce Viruses in 9th grade Biology. Includes objectives and essential questions. PowerPoint contains 10 slides, guided notes is 2 pages plus a full answer key. Designed to accompany Miller and Levine Biology Foundations Edition. Standards Addressed: HS-LS4-4. Research and communicate information about key features of viruses and bacteria to explain their ability to adapt and reproduce in a wide variety of environments.
Bill Nye Phases of Matter Video Worksheet
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Bill Nye Phases of Matter Video Worksheet

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Keep your kids engaged and turn a movie day into a day of quality notes! Worksheet of questions to accompany the Bill Nye the Science Guy episode on Phases of Matter! Answer key included!
Transcription and Translation from DNA to coded traits worksheet
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Transcription and Translation from DNA to coded traits worksheet

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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.
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).
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.
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.
EcoHomes - Design an Environmentally Friendly Home Environmental Science Project
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EcoHomes - Design an Environmentally Friendly Home Environmental Science Project

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Project for High School Environmental Science (mixed level grades 9-12) to design their dream, Environmentally Friendly Home! This is a summative assessment that combines knowledge about resource use, waste management, and even some engineering design! Students really enjoyed designing their home, and were so excited to create their blueprints on the computer, which added such a professional touch!! In addition to project assignment sheet, there are individual worksheets to guide students in completing this project including: Home Location - Starter sheet to help them once they have chosen the location for their home to collect information about that location so they can show how their home will use local resources and how it will be different from the typical house in that local. Environmental Choices - Worksheet for students to gather their ideas on how their home will use resources more sustainably. Drawing Checklist - Worksheet to guide them in creating the blueprint for their home and drawing the external view of their property. Paper and Presentation Checklist - To guide students in writing their final paper and putting together their presentation. Includes some suggestions for more creative ways to complete the presentation requirement. Fully detailed rubric that I used to score the project. Gives great detail in why the grade was earned while significantly decreasing time spent grading. Total Pages 10 Video review of project: https://goo.gl/mx2Fdy
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.
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.
6.3 Heat Phase Changes PowerPoint and Guided Notes
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6.3 Heat Phase Changes PowerPoint and Guided Notes

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PowerPoint and Guided Notes I use in my 9th Grade Introductory Physics class to teach about phases and the changes between them- solids, liquids, and gases. . Designed to accompany Pearson Science Explorer: Motion, Forces, and Energy Chapter 6 Section 3 about phase changes. Powerpoint is 16 Slides. Guided Notes are 3 Pages. Full color Answer Key included! Aligned to the following MA state standards for High School Introductory Physics: Particular focus on 3.3 but all are covered. 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.
Thanksgiving or Easter Stoichiometry Practice Worksheet
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Thanksgiving or Easter Stoichiometry Practice Worksheet

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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!
6 Jeopardy Templates
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6 Jeopardy Templates

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6 Fully Editable PowerPoint Templates that can be used to review any topic!! All 6 have the same basic design for continuity between units, but vary in number of categories (4, 5, and 6) so you can easily suit the number of questions to your specific topic and student audience. There are also 2 versions of each, one with the questions and answers on the same slide (answers appear with a click) and one where they are on separate slides. All slides are hyperlinked to the gameboard slide for easy transitions! Slides are labeled C1, C2 etc for each category and with point values to help you keep your place. Just type over placeholder text and you're good to go. Add pictures and change the background for further individualization. If you need any assistance, don't hesitate to contact me!
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.
Environmental Science Project Easter Island Public Service Announcement
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Environmental Science Project Easter Island Public Service Announcement

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Short Project I did with my Environmental Science Class to apply what they learned about sustainable resource use and renewable resources after watching the Horizon Video and read an article both about Easter Island. Could also be done in any general science, earth science, or even middle school science classes! Really gets the kids engaged and using their creativity! Product includes PowerPoint overview of the project, project assignment sheet, and grading rubric for easy grading. Total Pages6
Waves: Sound and Light Study Guide
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Waves: Sound and Light Study Guide

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Study guide for waves unit or final exam including properties of waves, EM spectrum, and sound waves. Accompanies the Prentice Hall Science Explorer: Sound and Light text. Standards addressed: 4. Waves Central Concept: Waves carry energy from place to place without the transfer of matter. 4.1 Describe the measurable properties of waves (velocity, frequency, wavelength, amplitude, period) and explain the relationships among them. Recognize examples of simple harmonic motion. 4.2 Distinguish between mechanical and electromagnetic waves. 4.3 Distinguish between the two types of mechanical waves, transverse and longitudinal. 4.4 Describe qualitatively the basic principles of reflection and refraction of waves. 4.5 Recognize that mechanical waves generally move faster through a solid than through a liquid and faster through a liquid than through a gas. 4.6 Describe the apparent change in frequency of waves due to the motion of a source or a receiver (the Doppler effect). 6. Electromagnetic Radiation Central Concept: Oscillating electric or magnetic fields can generate electromagnetic waves over a wide spectrum. 6.1 Recognize that electromagnetic waves are transverse waves and travel at the speed of light through a vacuum. 6.2 Describe the electromagnetic spectrum in terms of frequency and wavelength, and identify the locations of radio waves, microwaves, infrared radiation, visible light (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet), ultraviolet rays, x-rays, and gamma rays on the spectrum.
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).
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.
PowerPoint Introduction to work and power with examples and practice problems
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PowerPoint Introduction to work and power with examples and practice problems

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This powerpoint, Introduction to Work and Power with examples and practice problems is used to teach what is work and how to solve for work and power. Designed to accompany Prentice Hall Science Explorer - Motion Forces and Energy chapter 4 Section 1 Work and Power, but could easily be adapted to fit any text. The Powerpoint for this section is 9 slides. Includes Daily Objectives. Use this to assess the quality of my work!