How I’m Teaching Cells and Photosynthesis this Year

First off, let me be honest. I hate this unit. I find the cells unit to be a mile wide and an inch deep. The only thing I hate more than cell organelles is photosynthesis and respiration. At my school we teach a discipline of science per year. It’s Earth & Space Science in gradeContinue reading “How I’m Teaching Cells and Photosynthesis this Year”

Photosynthesis Simulation Lab

Unfortunately, in all the years I’ve been teaching photosynthesis and respiration, I’ve never had a group of students come to me with much of a background in chemistry. I’ve approached this problem a lot of different ways, including teaching a 2 week crash course in chemistry. What we really need is for the students toContinue reading “Photosynthesis Simulation Lab”

DNA Model Project

I must be honest. I don’t do this project anymore! My students had such a hard time getting their models to actually stand up, that I gave up completely 😂 😂 Here’s the link to the project. If you’re able to get some photos in your class, please send them to me at stemstrengthtpt@gmail.com. I’dContinue reading “DNA Model Project”

Cell Model Project

Ah yes! The classic cell model project. No doubt a quick Google search will bring up thousands of student examples. I can still remember making my own cell in middle school.  I chose to make my cytoplasm out of Jello, but I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t have access to a refrigerator at school. IContinue reading “Cell Model Project”