High School Biology: The Immune System

As part of my SAT-level high school biology classes study of the immune system, the students grew bacterial cultures taken from their bodies.  This was an extremely simple experiment and only took a small amount of class time. Each student got two commercially prepared petri dishes with bacterial growth medium, and divided each petri dish … More High School Biology: The Immune System

High School Biology: Photosynthesis

SAT Level Biology: Microscopic and Macroscopic Investigations of Photosynthesis This lesson is for my SAT level high school biology class.  It’s something of a review – the students studied the photosynthetic reaction in their cell biology unit.  Here, the goal is both to review the most important aspects of the chemistry and to directly connect … More High School Biology: Photosynthesis

Elementary School Science: Simple Molecular Models

This year, I’ll be teaching a food chemistry unit to my elementary school science class.  It’s a mixed-age homeschool class, with kids ranging in age from 8-11.  I’ll be using the STC Curriculum “Food Chemistry” which is structured around using chemical test to discover what macro-molecules are found in various foods. I like the curriculum … More Elementary School Science: Simple Molecular Models

Regents Earth Science: Landforms and NYS Geography

Two topics that show up on the Earth Science Regents are landscape features (especially features caused by glaciation) and New York State geography.  Although these topics aren’t very intellectually challenging, the material can be difficult to remember because it is dry.  I’ve found that this mapping and modelling activity helps students successfully learn the information … More Regents Earth Science: Landforms and NYS Geography