Teacher Feature: The Crafty Science Teacher

As I was flipping through Instagram a few weeks ago I came across a resource posted by the Crafty Science Teacher. At the time it was not a topic that I was teaching. Then, last week I got to that topic and remembered that resource. And I am so glad I did!

Plate Boundary Map Task Cards

The resource that I ended up using was a boundary map and task cards for plate boundaries. In the past, I had used a generic map that I had students color-code and then some activities about how far the plates had moved. This map was different because it had all of the convergent, divergent and transform boundaries drawn for the students to color code. Then the task cards asked in-depth questions about the plate movement, type of crust and geological features. It was definitely beyond simple memorization questions. In order to answer the task cards, students had to apply their knowledge.

I recently got to chat with The Crafty Science Teacher Brianne!! She is super kind and had some great insights. Here are some of the questions I asked, followed by her answers:

  1. What grade do you teach?  I teach 8th-grade science in Texas! I have been teaching for five years. 
  2. What science standards do you use? We use TEKS, but my products align easily to the NGSS and other similar state standards. 
  3. What is your favorite thing about teaching science? The one thing I love is every time we go into a new concept my kids have so many questions because they’re curious about things that happen in the real world. I actually we to school to become a meteorologist so I have a fairly good science background and I’m so glad I can answer most of their questions at times.
  4. What is your all-time favorite lesson to teach?  It’s really hard to choose a favorite. The top of my list is anything weather, but anything earth or space science is my favorite. Chemistry is a close second on that list too! It’s really hard to choose.
  5. One fun fact about you or anything else you would like to share 🙂  I think that’s about it! Oh! my husband is also a teacher, a great math teacher, and is wanting to get in on my tpt store. So in the summer we will be collaborating and working on adding some middle school math activities in my store! 

The Crafty Science Teacher

 

Based on this single purchase and chatting with her, I knew that I would be visiting her store for A LOT more! I highly recommend that you visit this new teacher-author.

 

Check out this Freebie from her Store! 

Newton's Second Law Triangle

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CSI – Scientific Method Room Transformation

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I grew up watching CSI with my mom. I remember getting stuff done in my room and hearing the theme song and running to the living room to watch it! So, as I was brainstorming a fun way to review the steps of the scientific method, CSI immediately popped in my head.

The Decor

 

Decorating for this was SUPER-easy and pretty cheap. I asked the custodians for some large trash bags. I cut those open to cover my desks. I purchased a backdrop from Amazon – it is a line-up. You can see it in the photo above. I then used some black paper and caution tape. Then the set that I purchased from TpT had some cute hand scanners and such (so I made all my students scan in).

Links (not affiliate links) to Decorative Items I Purchased:

The Content

When searching for content I actually purchased two separate products from TpT. It’s fun that we are able to find items on Tpt and we don’t have to always make things ourselves. I purchased two products but ultimately went with one of them. I’m going to share them both and then explain why I chose to use one opposed to the other.

Scientific Method CSI Science

 

The first one that I purchased was by teacher author EzPz-Science. I ended up not using this one, but I did love the setup. It has questions reviewing scientific method and then as you answer the questions you get clues about a suspect. In the end, you can put all the clues together to solve the case. If you want a less hands-on situation, then I recommend this. It is basically print and go! (click the photo on the right to go to snag this on TpT)

 

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The one that I chose had them go through a series of investigations. They had to complete a shoeprint and fingerprint analysis, a chromatography of pen inks and finally, they had to figure out what an unknown white powder was. The students loved it and were able to see how the steps of the scientific method are used each day in an investigation.

If you would like to see more about the product I used – click the photo below:

CSI Forensics Escape Room

My students loved CSI and so did I. As they came into the Crime lab I played the theme songs and set the tone for the day. I created a crime scene for them to observe and they had a real-life experience using the scientific method.

How do you review the scientific method? Let me know in the comments!

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Amazing Race: Destination Transformation

I had a blast yesterday sharing all of my passion for room transformations with awesome Georgia Science Teachers! In this post I am posting links to my session notes for you to look at – I will also be adding several blog posts about my room transformations over the next couple of weeks.

 

Amazing Race Transformation Session

Jenga Example

Spoon Directions

Room Transformation Ideas

One of the great things about presenting at GSTA is the opportunity to collaborate and bounce ideas off of fellow educators! The last link in the list contains all the ideas for room transformations generated during my session. If you have more ideas please share in the comments below!

Until next time 🙂

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Bonus – Okay so a few weeks ago I actually did the amazing race in my room for geologic timescale. Here is what I purchased for the GSTA transformation AND my classroom transformation!!