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Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics Lesson Plan

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In order to develop a solid understanding of how our planet works, students must comprehend continental drift and plate tectonics.  This lesson plan gives students a hands-on opportunity to discover this process and research the positions of the continents throughout Earth’s history. The lesson begins with an activity involving newspaper puzzles.  Either as teams or […]

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Forces and Motion Activity- Balloon Powered Cars

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Last week, I tried a new activity with my at-risk students. In the past, I have demonstrated the concepts behind Isaac Newton’s third law of motion using balloons.  Students would build balloon rockets by attaching an inflated balloon to a straw, slipping the straw on a clothesline-like string and releasing the air.  The force of the air […]

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Hands-on Algebra Lesson Plan

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Every year, I introduce the concept of solving  two-step equations using “penny puzzles,” and every year, it leaves a lasting impression on my students.  They enjoy the challenge of the puzzles and the process of taking an active role in their learning.  Once my students get the hang of solving these puzzles, there is an […]

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Teachers Pay Teachers

Rotation and Revolution

The Cool School Rap has been gaining momentum on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Currently, there are over fifty different math and science comics and lesson plans available for download.  Sales are increasing exponentially! Check out www.teacherspayteachers.com/store/the-cool-school-rap-comic for downloads and sales!

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The Cool School Rap Comic


Hello, I teach seventh and eighth grade math and science at a charter school for at-risk youth where accommodate the needs of a wide variety of learners.  Throughout my career as an educator, I have learned a great deal about restructuring the curriculum and modifying it in ways that help my at-risk students meet the grade […]

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