Reviewing Making Molecules Activity Using “Remind”

Molecule model on periodic table of the elements

Remind allows teachers to send messages to students and parents regarding upcoming assignments, meetings, events, and activities.  This application also permits teachers to check which students have read their messages.  Messages can be sent to individuals, to a group, or to a class.   Remind is safe since phone numbers, which can be used to invite members, are kept confidential and members will have to download the Remind application to receive ongoing messages or they can communicate using e-mail.  Continue reading

How to Create an Interactive Board using MERGE Cube – submitted by Sandra Gambarotto

Interactive boards are part of students’ learning experience, what teachers put on the walls of the classroom or hallways can make or break a student’s understanding of a certain concept. Everything that is displayed should add value to students’ learning. Edutopia has a list of Dos and Don’ts of Classroom Decorations that you can refer to when designing bulletin boards. This is my experience in designing my first interactive board using QR codes and MergeCube. Check out the source below for more details Continue reading

Breakout Tools – submitted by Sandra Gambarotto

I’ve written several times about the amazing free tools at Flippity.net. In fact, when I am looking for a way to get people interested in spreadsheets, I almost always use Flippity because once people see the variety of the tools, and how easy it is to create them, they are hooked. This weekend, when I teaching a Google class, I revisited Flippity as part of my Sheets lesson and found a new addition to the family: a Breakout tool! Continue reading

An Alternative to Lab Reports – Book Creator App – submitted by Sandra Gambarotto

Book Creator is an app with many applications.  This post describes the use of Book Creator as an alternative to writing formal lab reports. Here is a quick example example of what a lab report could look like on book creator. You could also do this on Google Slides… This strategy meets the needs of students with LD, and allows teachers and students to document conversations and observations that happen during a lab.

Click here to have a look 

Thanks for the cool idea Sandra

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Meet the #SinglePointRubric | Cult of Pedagogy – submitted by Sandra Gambarotto

The practice of using single point rubrics is slowly but surely catching on. Try one for yourself and let us see it! Lots of potential applications to tasks in your science class.

Source: Meet the #SinglePointRubric | Cult of Pedagogy

Thanks to Sandra for the submission

Exploring Biodiversity Through Inquiry

By Patt Olivieri

In this resource, Patt provides an excellent plan for the Grade 6 strand on biodiversity with a major focus on inquiry.

Overview:

The intention of the following learning experience is to share, facilitate, and develop an understanding of biodiversity through inquiry, related to the overall Science expectations, as well as some of the expectations in Language and Social Studies.  The process begins with critical questions related to students’ own lives and the impact they have on their local environment.  Continue reading