Jeff Torrance

New teacher and I am teaching in a foreign country.

Location

China

Affiliation

Soong Ching Ling School

Recent Posts by Jeff

Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:04 PM in Third Grade Science Mini Lesson
Hi, In my class we do a forces and motion unit that is based on the premise that the students take on the role of recovery experts from the museum and they have to recover a meteorite from a very remote location. - parachute in: Air resistance, impact and inertia dampening. Build a parachute that gets sensitive equipment into the site safely. - Lever the rock out of the hole. how do lever...

Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:44 PM in Weather and Middle School
Do a closed weather system. There are a bunch of sites that show how to do miniature weather cycles and other weather related crafts. If you are going further you can look at building closed biomes. what goes into a system and why it remains successful.

Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:46 AM in Resources for Earth Science
Something really simple is sand from different sources. I have my students collect a little baggy of sand wherever they go on holiday and bring it back. For a lesson series (3-5 lessons ) we use microscopes to look at the different sands and try to find out where it comes from. Looking at the biological and mineral components of sand from a beach or the number of clear vs coloured sands from t...