Shalen Boyer

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Recent Posts by Shalen

Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:55 PM in Unique Labs for Forces and Motion
What specifically are you teaching with force and motion? Is it just the basics such as kinetic and potential energy? Are you expecting students to do some of the actual math associated with force and motion? My 8th graders typically complete and engineering activity where they build and test rubber band race cars. They have to calculate speed, acceleration, force, work and identify the types ...

Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:57 PM in Hydroponic gardens in the classroom
My 8th graders complete a three week project using a hydroponics system. I bought a couple of 15 quart totes at Wal-Mart, painted them black and had my husband use a saw with a round blade to cut 3 inch holes in the top. I then bought the plastic baskets and coconut coir off of Amazon to hold our plants. Each tote holds 5 plants. The totes take about 2 gallons of water and we used an air stone ...

Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:35 PM in Claim, Evidence, Reasoning Activities
What are some interesting activities that you use to introduce this framework?  The students that had me as 7th graders are familiar with the basic framework so I'm looking for an activity that will remind/reinforce what was taught the previous  year.  

Recent Public Collections by Shalen

Teaching for Conceptual Understanding
Type: Journal Article

Using Concept Maps in the Science Classroom
Type: Journal Article

Interactive Notebooks

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“Scientific Writing”—A Course to Improve the Writing of Science Students: Stressing the English Language Component of Scientific Writing
Type: Journal Article

Student-Centered Notebooks
Type: Journal Article