Welcome to Erika's Absurdly Fun and Interesting Science Wiki!

Let's start with some cool facts:
  1. There are 62,000 miles of blood vessels in the human body – laid end to end they would circle the earth 2.5 times
  2. At over 2000 kilometers long, The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on Earth
  3. The risk of being struck by a falling meteorite for a human is one occurrence every 9,300 years
  4. A thimbleful of a neutron star would weigh over 100 million tons
  5. A typical hurricane produces the energy equivalent of 8,000 one megaton bombs
  6. Blood sucking hookworms inhabit 700 million people worldwide
  7. The highest speed ever achieved on a bicycle is 166.94 mph, by Fred Rompelberg
  8. We can produce laser light a million times brighter than sunshine
  9. 65% of those with autism are left handed
  10. The combined length of the roots of a Finnish pine tree is over 30 miles
  11. The oceans contain enough salt to cover all the continents to a depth of nearly 500 feet
  12. The interstellar gas cloud Sagittarius B contains a billion, billion, billion liters of alcohol
  13. Polar Bears can run at 25 miles an hour (approximately 40km/hr) and jump over 6 feet in the air
  14. 60-65 million years ago dolphins and humans shared a common ancestor
  15. Polar Bears are nearly undetectable by infrared cameras, due to their transparent fur
  16. The average person accidentally eats 430 bugs each year of their life
  17. A single rye plant can spread up to 400 miles of roots underground
  18. The temperature on the surface of Mercury exceeds 430 degrees C during the day, and, at night, plummets to minus 180 degrees centigrade
  19. The evaporation from a large oak or beech tree is from ten to twenty-five gallons in twenty-four hours
  20. Butterflies taste with their hind feet, and their taste sensation works on touch – this allows them to determine whether a leaf is edible

Discrepant Events

The above YouTube video is a quick and simple example of a discrepant event that could be performed in a science class!

In my search for discrepant events for class I came upon YouTube channel with 29 different and really neat experiments. All of the experiments go against what I believe should happen and they seem easy to set-up. Hope you enjoy!

I again, was looking for discrepant events and came upon a good explanation from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) of what exactly they should entail and how to lay them out. I really liked this article because it will be helpful if you ever want to come up with a new discrepant event. I also liked that it has a good example about Why Mass Matters at the end that lays out how a discrepant event should look and work.

Upon looking further into the NSTA PDF I found at the bottom that there were links to sites that were helpful in the making of that PDF. I clicked on the Arbor Science website and found an abundance of free and very helpful resources for physics! I really liked these resources because they included a great discription of the event, teacher notes to explain exactly why the mind blowing event occurs as well as student worksheets! They have taken the time to complete a whole days lesson, not only that, but you can purchase the necessary equipment for the labs on the website as well. I looked through a few of the discrepant events and I have included them below:

There is an abundance of free labs on this website that would be very helpful for a physics or chemistry teacher; have a look for yourself and discover!

Inquiry Based Lessons:

Above is a quick video to explain how to use inquiry based science in a lesson and gives examples.

I was looking in deeper to inquiry based lessons and whether there were any good resources out there. I came upon a website by 3M science that has a lot of great links and lesson plans, for FREE! They have lesson plans for grades K-12. I would recommend taking a look over this site. I think that there are some lessons that you could do right off of there and others where you can adapt a lesson from their ideas.

Inquiry Based Lesson Plans by 3M Science

On the Arbor Science website I was also able to find a few inquiry based labs that had all the amazing benefits of the discrepant event labs! I have included a few below:

Interactive Games:

Above is a picture from the PhET interactive simulations website where you can find a HUGE selection of interactive, fun and FREE games! They can be downloaded onto a computer or played online; it just depends on what you would like to do as a teacher. This website has games for; chemistry, physics, biology, earth science, math and even cutting edge research! It is also separated into categories depending on the grades and you can find games for students in Elementary all the way up to students in University! Click here to access the PhET website.

Below are some more great websites that have games and interactive ways to make students become more interested in the material they are learning and your teaching! These websites can also be used for any gifted students you may have in your class because they can challenge themselves to whatever level they choose. They are a great way to keep students on task and learning:

General, But Absolutely Amazing Resources

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) :

When I was reading "The Prepared Practitioner" I saw they mentioned the journal The Science Teacher and upon researching this I found the NSTA website that is full of great information! There is a link that I will post below that will get you a whole bunch of free lessons, quizes, labs etc.

Universal Design for Learning:

Brittany and I recently attended the UDL conference that was help at the Crowne Plaza in Fredericton. It was an amazing conference that spoke to incorporating UDL into each classroom. We were there all day Saturday and are here to share this information with here! They are definitely worth looking into and will help immensely with inclusion.

  1. Smart phone app- UDLinks
  2. udlpd.weebly.com
  3. udlexchange.cast.org

3 Day Lesson Plan and it's Resources:

I thought I would include the 3 part lesson plan that Deidre and I completed for 5511. I am going to include all of our resources as well as the actual lesson plan. I may be a little bias but I think it is a good lesson and would help people either make connections as to what they wanted to accomplish with the genetic engineering curricular outcome, since it is one that is often skipped over. I think that even a person may not use the entire lesson plan there are some good resources in it! Click Here for the lesson plan.

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Day 3: