Gabe Kraljevic

Since his early childhood in Winnipeg, Canada, Gabe has loved the natural world and has dedicated his life to studying science. Recently retired after 27 years teaching high school and middle school biology, physics, chemistry, robotics and computers – Gabe always worked to infuse fun in his classrooms. He has also helped draft the Manitoba biology curriculum, stood in as the science consultant for Manitoba Ministry of Education, been heavily involved in professional development of science teachers and has received the Prime Minister’s Award for Achievement in Teaching. Currently, Gabe is the District Director of the NSTA for Canada. Living at the doorstep to the north, Gabe has also taken several opportunities to visit the impressive beauty of the Canadian arctic along the shores of Hudson Bay.




Retired from Seven Oaks School Division

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Recent Posts by Gabe

Fri Aug 30, 2019 6:01 PM in Genetics in Elementary and Middle School
I think at the heart of genetics is DNA and I don't see a problem with teaching what DNA is and how it works to younger grades.  It is the method that all living things (except for a few exceptions) transfer their traits to the next generation and it has its own language.  Just building simple, single-strand DNA  (Your bead idea is great.  I would use C, T, A, G alphabet beads) we can introduce c...

Fri Aug 30, 2019 4:46 PM in New Teacher and STEM
I have a collection of STEM resources for grades 4 thorugh 9 here on the Learning Center.  I have attached them here for you and any other readers.  Feel free to contact me if you have questions. Hope this helps! Gabe Kraljevic

Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:41 PM in Teaching about observable features of animals
Our classifications have undergone many changes as we discover more about life and technology allows us to gather more facts about organisms. It is the nature of science to adjust our beliefs in the face of new evidence. You can mirror this in the lessons you are planning about grouping. A popular introductory activity is to classify shoes! Search the Learning Center and online for plans. (The...

Recent Reviews by Gabe

Mon May 28, 2018 8:02 AM
4 Excellent resource for STEM and engineering
I have been using this podcast for years in my design process and STEM workshops for teachers! It expertly and clearly goes through the engineering design process, explaining each step. I use this as an introduction and have even copied their use of symbols for each step to create handouts to students as they go through the steps (see my collections). If I could have put 4.5 stars I would have. My only hesitation in giving it a 5/5 is that the sound is muffled and the video quality is medium resolution - making it a bit tough to use in a group setting. All in all, a fantastic resource that I have come to rely on heavily in my pd workshops.

Recent Public Collections by Gabe

High-Altitude Balloon Projects - Easier and more exciting than you think!

12 Resources

Start a space program in your school! A collection of slide presentations, handouts, videos on how students can design, build and launch science experiments over 30 km into the atmosphere (three times higher than commercial jets) using weather balloons .

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Slime Sampler from Molly Conway's book: "Slime Sorcery"

8 Resources

Molly Conway authored a book that highlighted many variations on slime and she sent me some sample pages. The book has 97 recipes!

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Pop Bottle Ecosystems

7 Resources

Here are some handouts, rubrics, worksheets and an sample student journal for doing pop bottle ecosystems in your classroom. Suitable for grades 4 through 12

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