Kayla's Krazy Kool Science Wiki!
Hey everyone!
I wanted to start things off with a video that I think embodies why I think science is so awesome :)
Happy Friday!



P.S. Saw this image online today, and I got a good little laugh out of it :)

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It's October 3rd... Means Girls, anyone!?


Hey everyone! So I know we've talked about this website in a few of our PD sessions, but I thought posting the link up on here might be handy :) It has some really great activities for all different grade levels/ages/ability levels/anything else you can think of. For example, it has this super cool simulations for building an atom which lets students play around with atoms and get some "hands on" experience. I suggest poking around and getting an idea of what kinds of tools it has to offer :)

Here's the link: http://phethttp://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/new

Sorbet in a bag!


Here is a little video in case any of you are ever interested in trying this yummy treat at home (Woflgang Puck's scientific explanation is a little shoddy, but it's a funny video nonetheless)




Twelve Fun and (Relatively) Easy Science Experiments to Try in Your Classroom







BONUS ITEM: Here is a super cool/hilarious cell rap that Courtney and I used in our lesson plans!








Here is the Facebook sheets you guys saw during our mini-lesson!



Here is the link to a really great National Geographic article about the importance of getting girls into science. Definitely worth a read :)

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141107-gender-studies-women-scientific-research-feminist/

Looking for a lesson plan? This website has A TON of super fun lesson plans for all grade levels, as well as a ton of other really interesting stuff :
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/


How can I help my students navigate the internet?

Finding reliable sources for projects, paper, assignments, etc. can be very confusing for a lot of students. It's a skill that most of us probably didn't learn until reaching university. Here is a credibility checklist

(stolen from: http://secondarysolutionsblog.com/credible-online-sources/) that you could give to your students that might help them in their search for some relevant material!








Top 50 Science Teacher Blogs

Alright, so I know I didn't come up with this list myself (thanks Teacher Certification Degrees) but I think blogs are a lot like wikis, and are really great way to get students involved science in a fun and exciting way! They all have really great tips , resources, and ideas! Pick a couple that catch your attention and have a peek :)
Here you go:

Action-Reaction
Physics Teacher Frank Noschese discusses science education topics like whether Khan Academy is effective at teaching physics, applying Angry Birds in physics lessons, and the idea of pseudoteaching.

Teaching High School Psychology
Teaching High School Psychology is a joint collaboration that explores the deeper lesson of the Stanford Prison Experiment, Gamification and its implications as a behavioral motivator, and opportunities for teaching Operant Conditioning with TV’s Big Bang Theory.

Teach Science Right
Chris Mitchell is a three-year veteran of the high school science classroom at a private international school in Korea. On Teach Science Right, he gives blog readers unlimited access to his virtual files, providing a bounty of chemistry, physics and physical science resources that range from PowerPoint lecture slides to worksheets, and word puzzles that he has designed. With tips for writing hypotheses, to experiment evaluation rubrics, the Science Fair section of the site will help students, teachers and Science Fair judges prepare for the science class rite of passage with ease.

Little Miss Hypothesis
Inspiring Kindergarten scientists and giving a too-often neglected subject its due is the aim of Little Miss Hypothesis, where Mrs. Coe chronicles activities with growing brains, harvesting Spirit Garden salads and the development of science centers in a classroom that is home to Bluebonnet the Betta fish and the crab shack’s resident hermits.

Science for Kids
Sue Cahalane shares her passion for teaching science to elementary students in grades PK-4 on Science for Kids with ideas for classroom experiments, tutorials for science lessons, updates on science education news, and photos of students engaged in science activities.


Science Education on the Edge
Chris Ludwig, a high school science teacher from Colorado, writes about improving assessment and instruction in science and education technology.

Teach Science for All
Kirk Robbins shares helpful resources and tools for science teachers including reports, useful websites, and online tools.

Teaching | chemistry
Ellena Bethea, a high school chemistry teacher, writes about grading practices, online tools, and lab activities.

Adventures with the Lower Level
Tracie Schroeder shares her experiences teaching science, teaching methods, and thoughts on learning.

Physics in Flux
Dan Fullerton provides a resource for teachers with details of his successes and failures, technology guides, and physics book reviews.

Think Thank Thunk
On his blog, Think Thank Thunk, Shawn Cornally celebrates the Merlin within every teacher, the need for repackaging education, the debate surrounding Standards Based Grading and the dread of being dull as he chronicles his plight as an educator.

nashworld
Marine biology teacher Sean Nash gets inspired by WordFoto and invites educators to appreciate and aim for “Whoa” moments on his blog, nashworld.

Science Teacher
A science teacher and former pediatrican finds an exemplary model in Dr. Seuss, challenges technophiles to understand deeply, and explains why he has made a tradition of culminating each school year with a field trip to watch horseshoe crabs in the throes of romance.

Teach Science
At Teach Science, Ed Hitchcock muses on the DNA shared by Socrates and explains why science’s greatest appeal is the unexpected.

Quantum Progress
At Quantum Progress, 9th grade Atlanta physics teacher John Burk relives a childhood tradition at Physics Teacher Camp, promotes blogging as a tool for professional development, and ponders why physics buildings never win campus beauty contests.

Pedagogue Padawan
At Pedagogue Padawan, Geoff Schmit shares innovative ideas for using Sudoku to teach Circuit Analysis, Angry Birds as a lesson in holography, and wikispaces as a tool for science projects.

Re:thinking
Re:thinking blends personal reflection with a challenge to rethink school culture and policy as 9th grade teacher Ben Wildeboer finds teachable moments in events like the Japanese quake and explains the importance of “hard fun” for students.

Journey in Technology
At Journey in Technology a Dallas Physics teacher discusses implementing Khan Academy, discovering community and deep connections at Educon, and transforming the pseudoteaching of “cookbook” lab projects into real learning in the classroom.

Teaching Science and Math
David R. Wetzel provides helpful information for science and math teachers including best practices, online resources for the classroom, and tutorials like teaching with Wolfram Alpha.

Always Formative
Jason Buell is a middle school science teacher from California who writes about standards-based grading, education conferences, education books and more.

Stretching Forward
At Stretching Forward, Earth science teacher Janelle Wilson shares experiences from the Space Academy for Educators, discusses class blogging, and shares thoughts on engaging students and parents in science.

Tearing Down Walls
Derrick Willard teaches AP Environmental Science and discusses using social media and online tools to extend lessons outside the walls of the physical classroom.

Teaching Computer Science
Alfred Thompson is a former high school computer science teacher who currently works at Microsoft and writes about computer science education and resources.

A+ Computer Science Blog
High school computer science teacher Stacey Armstrong discusses why computer science is cool, game programming, career options in computer science, and computer science resources.

Teaching CS in Dallas
Kathleen Weaver writes about teaching robotics, Android development, and computer science education topics on her blog.

In Need of a Base Case
This blog discusses the need for change in computer science education, computer science project ideas, and the value of learning computer science.

Hélène Martin
Hélène Martin muses on the power of childhood playthings to fuel tech career ambitions and describes how lost airport luggage is a reminder to look for ways to leverage computing to solve real-life problems in this blog from the perspective of a computer science teacher.

Garth’s CS Education Blog
A computer science and programming teacher at a private school writes about teaching fun and important concepts and preparing students for computer science careers.

The Blog of Phyz
The Blog of Phyz is California teacher Dean Baird’s platform for debunking “Magnet Boys” and magic wristbands, and touting a 75 cent investment guaranteed to wow even the most cynical student.

Mr. Gonzalez’s Classroom
An Olympic Odyssey customarily culminates the academic year for middle school teacher Alfonso Gonzalez, who explores the challenge of giving terms like “on-task” and “structured learning” 21st century relevance on his blog, Mr. Gonzalez’s Classroom.

Free/Libre Open Source Science Education
Pseudoteaching and trends like the “reverse lecture” are hot topics on Free/Libre Open Source Science Education, where Steve Dickie shares his own innovative methods, including cartooning with GoAnimate and creating his own textbooks.

The Science Classroom
Oklahoma physics teacher Jody Bowie reports on the thrill of seeing students connect classroom lessons in everyday life, explains why everyone needs a whetstone to hone their thinking and divulges his identification with the Wizard in Wicked on The Science Classroom blog.

Jacobs Physics
On his blog Greg Jacobs calls course evaluations brutal but vital and bucks a few trends by advocating daily work and disparaging summer assignments in favor of starting each year “from the ground up”.

New Physics Modeler
Bryan Battaglia explains the appeal of professional conferences, the career changing power of blogging, and reflects that teachers gain as many lessons by year’s end as their students.

Just Call Me Ms Frizzle
Becky offers a distinctive first-year teacher perspective on Just Call Me Ms Frizzle, contrasting the low of leaving the room in frustration with the high of a Friday classroom on its best behavior, along with the challenge of teaching a non-traditional class.

And Yet it Moves
On his blog, And Yet it Moves, Ben Chun explains why problem-solving skills trump smarts, tackles the debate over doing away with honors classes, and challenges the AP curriculum.

Reflections of a Science Teacher
Sandra McCarron dismisses the notion of a rubric for thinking, believes that a successful classroom starts out with a vision and ponders the merits of science fairs that have been sacrificed to make way for education reforms on her blog, Reflections of a Science Teacher.

Hurricane Maine
A veteran teacher discusses ideas in education and technology, interesting articles, and how to make school more like play rather than work.

The Physics of Learning
Doug Smith authors this physics education blog that discusses topics like whether to use iPads in the classroom, the myths of merit pay, and scientific literacy.

Room 611
Mr. Young teaches Earth science and other subjects in Canada and provides insights into class by outlining what is covered in class almost every school day.

Using Blogs in Science Education
Stacey Baker is a high school biology teacher and writes about how to use classroom blogs to help students learn science.

Physics! Blog!
Physics! Blog! shares results of The No Homework Experiment and discusses standards based grading, the goal of testing, and teaching students how to learn from mistakes.

Ideas for Teaching Computer Technology to Kids
A blog sharing ideas and resources for teaching computer technology including robots for computer science education, programming resources, and computer science teaching tools.

MrReid.org
A physics teacher shares interesting science articles like Nobel prize winning sentences, things from movies that cannot exist, and cool science videos.

Teach. Brian. Teach.
Brian discusses what makes for a good science conversation, reflects on teaching, shares observations of students, and explains why it is important to point out when students are having fun doing science.

The Skeptical Teacher
A high school physics teacher discusses science education and promotes critical thinking on his blog.

Physics & Physical Science Demos, Labs, & Projects for High School Teachers
A physics teacher provides a resource for science teachers to share ideas for labs and demonstrations and commentary on what works.

The Art of Teaching Science
Jack Hassard is a professor of science education and explores issues in teaching science, shares resources for science teachers, and discusses why teaching science is important.

SuperFly Physics
At SuperFly Physics, Andy Rundquist shares ideas for teaching physics, fun science experiments, and interesting physics problems.

Newton’s Minions
A physics blog sharing student work, anecdotes from the classroom, thoughts on student assessment, and ideas for teaching complex physics lessons.

Mr. Barlow’s Blog
Mr. Barlow is a high school science teacher and podcaster from Melbourne, Australia who shares interesting science studies, cool science news, and optical illusions at his blog.


100 Best Websites for Science Teachers
Instead of linking a huge list, like I did above, I'm just going to link the website that came up with this list, since it's always changing :)






And now, to finish things off:27 Things To Keep in Mind If You're Having a Bad Day (Courtesy of BuzzFeed)

1. Just remember that this is what it looks like when a corgi goes down a slide:


Just remember that this is what it looks like when a corgi goes down a slide:
Just remember that this is what it looks like when a corgi goes down a slide:

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2. Remember that it’s never too late to find true love:


Remember that it's never too late to find true love:
Remember that it's never too late to find true love:

Chris Butler / AP

3. And it’s never too late to try something new:


And it's never too late to try something new:
And it's never too late to try something new:

Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

4. And remember that there’s a cat out there that’s always sitting like a dude:


And remember that there's a cat out there that's always sitting like a dude:
And remember that there's a cat out there that's always sitting like a dude:



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5. Never forget that the two people who play Wendy and Peter Pan at Disney World got married in real life:


Never forget that the two people who play Wendy and Peter Pan at Disney World got married in real life:
Never forget that the two people who play Wendy and Peter Pan at Disney World got married in real life:

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6. And if you need to smile just think of these two guys:


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27 Things To Keep In Mind If You're Having A Bad Day

Via neogaf.com

Or channel this little lamb for inspiration:


Or channel this little lamb for inspiration:
Or channel this little lamb for inspiration:

Via 9gag.com

Or this dog who just achieved nirvana:


Or this dog who just achieved nirvana:
Or this dog who just achieved nirvana:

Via jokeroo.com

7. Just be glad that you’re not Scott:


Just be glad that you're not Scott:
Just be glad that you're not Scott:

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8. And that you didn’t take part in this train wreck of a handshake:


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27 Things To Keep In Mind If You're Having A Bad Day

Via reddit.com

9. And always keep this conversation close to your heart:


And always keep this conversation close to your heart:
And always keep this conversation close to your heart:

Via dumpaday.com

10. Just remember that you’ve won as many Oscars as Leonardo DiCaprio:


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27 Things To Keep In Mind If You're Having A Bad Day

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11. And remember this picture of a shaved llama:


And remember this picture of a shaved llama:
And remember this picture of a shaved llama:

Via funnyjunk.com

12. And this dog with a natural mustache:


And this dog with a natural mustache:
And this dog with a natural mustache:

Via reddit.com

13. Remember that this picture of little Justin Timberlake and little Ryan Gosling happened:


Remember that this picture of little Justin Timberlake and little Ryan Gosling happened:
Remember that this picture of little Justin Timberlake and little Ryan Gosling happened:

Via newnownext.com

14. And never, ever forget the image of Kim Kardashian crying:


And never, ever forget the image of Kim Kardashian crying:
And never, ever forget the image of Kim Kardashian crying:



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15. Just remember that somewhere out there Snoop Dogg’s long-lost brother is looking for him:


Just remember that somewhere out there Snoop Dogg's long-lost brother is looking for him:
Just remember that somewhere out there Snoop Dogg's long-lost brother is looking for him:

Via cheezburger.com

16. And this dog is probably becoming a better dancer than you:


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27 Things To Keep In Mind If You're Having A Bad Day

Via danieltflynn.tumblr.com

17. And never forget how hard this video made you laugh:




18. Just remember that this is what it looks like when a banana slips on a person:


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27 Things To Keep In Mind If You're Having A Bad Day

Via s3-ak.buzzfeed.com

19. Keep in mind this picture of an old man and the kitten he just adopted:


Keep in mind this picture of an old man and the kitten he just adopted:
Keep in mind this picture of an old man and the kitten he just adopted:

Via reddit.com

20. And always keep in mind this happy duck:




21. And that somewhere, somehow, this man is best friends with a giant onion:


And that somewhere, somehow, this man is best friends with a giant onion:
And that somewhere, somehow, this man is best friends with a giant onion:

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22. And this dog and goat are becoming best friends:


And this dog and goat are becoming best friends:
And this dog and goat are becoming best friends:

Via funhuh.com

23. And so are this little kid and Spiderman:


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27 Things To Keep In Mind If You're Having A Bad Day

Via weknowmemes.com

24. Just remember this Mr. Rogers quote:


Just remember this Mr. Rogers quote:
Just remember this Mr. Rogers quote:

Via huffingtonpost.com

25. And keep in mind that sometimes people aren’t all that bad:


And keep in mind that sometimes people aren't all that bad:
And keep in mind that sometimes people aren't all that bad:

Via news4jax.com

26. And that you’re not this hamster stuck in a slide:


And that you're not this hamster stuck in a slide:
And that you're not this hamster stuck in a slide:

Via dailypicksandflicks.com

27. And always remember that you never, ever have to go back to middle school:


And always remember that you never, ever have to go back to middle school:
And always remember that you never, ever have to go back to middle school:



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Ever.