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”

Online Density Lab

One of my most popular labs is my virtual density lab. I’ve always loved this one as a quick way to help students understand the abstract idea of density. If you’re a science teacher and you’re not acquainted with the PhET Simulations, then boy do I have news for you! There’s tons of simple simsContinue reading “Online Density Lab”

Biome Shadowbox Project for Schools

If you’re planning to do a shadowbox project at your school, check out these awesome examples before you begin! At the end of this post, I’ll also provide an easy to use rubric in case you’re a teacher looking for a place to start. Get more middle school projects here. The biome shadowbox is oneContinue reading “Biome Shadowbox Project for Schools”

DNA Model Project

The DNA model project is a hilarious mess! 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 laneyleeteaches@gmail.com. I’d love toContinue reading “DNA Model Project”

Biosphere Project

Welcome to my middle school Biosphere Project! I designed this project with an ecology and interconnectedness focus, but I’ve had ideas of adding in some sociology and government facets. Take a look at the work some of my 7th graders submitted this year! I allowed some of my students, with permission, to make their biospheresContinue reading “Biosphere Project”

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

Unpack the NGSS standards with this fun booklet! 14 pages cover the basics of the NGSS practices of scientists and engineers: Asking Questions and Defining Problems Developing and Using Models Planning and Carrying Out Investigations Analyzing and Interpreting Data Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions Engaging in Argument from Evidence Obtaining,Continue reading “NGSS Science and Engineering Practices”