Amanda Tufts

I am a second year high science teacher. This year I am teaching Earth/Envr, Honors Earth.Envr, Physical Science, and 9th grade Physical. I am also a mother of two, married for seven years, and we are a military family.




Rio Linda High School

Recent Posts by Amanda

Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:17 PM in Environmental Grants
Thanks for posting the information!

Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:08 PM in Teaching Evolution for the First Time
Hi Kevin, I have found that it is easier to talk about evolution if you term it "natural selection". I also do a lab where the studnets use different "mouth" parts to search for food. They use tweezers, probes, clothes pins and spoons as the mouth to collect beans that are the food. Then they see that the animal with the mouth that is best designed to collect food will survive to pass on its ...

Sun Nov 18, 2012 3:53 PM in Future Teacher
Science in an elementary setting can be easy to find inspiration for even if you are tentative about teaching science. Look outside. Lots of what is going on can be science related (weather, seasons, ecology, growing plants, etc.). Students can read a variety of books that relate to science (The giving tree, magic school bus series, rainforest themed books) and then write about what the story me...

Recent Reviews by Amanda

Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:38 PM
3 No Longer Active
I wanted to use this in class, but the Geo Pie website that is used for a lot of the research is no longer active.

Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:08 PM
5 Good Resources for Fracking
The article recommends a lot of good resources for the classroom. There are short video clips and a longer PBS video if you are interested. It would be good to link the resources together in a webquest, but they can be used with a whole class and my 9th graders generated good discussion with the material.

Recent Public Collections by Amanda

Science Careers

36 Resources

Career of the Month: An Interview with Volcanologist Jeffrey Byrnes
Type: Journal Article

Career of the Month: An interview with oceanographer Evan B. Forde
Type: Journal Article