Karen Weir-Brown

I currently teach middle school 6th and 8th grade integrated science and I am very interested in incorporating technology into my daily class activities.




Fallon Middle School

Recent Posts by Karen

Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:17 AM in Formative Assessment in Life Science
Page, Your post asks about use of the life science probes and although I don't teach life science, I use numerous earth and physical science probes in class and LOVE them! I've presented to my school board the tremendous value in using the probes and am happy to report that our district has now purchased multiple sets for use at the elementary and middle school levels. One of my colleagues ca...

Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:10 PM in Math in the middle school science classroom
I am in the same spot as Lynnea using math for density and acceleration calculations as well as graphing. For my 6th grade classes, we bring in a lot of ratios and equivalent fractions for various lessons. I've been trying to get our math and science departments to work together using data collected in lab or continuation of graph analysis between the classes but I'm not having much luck. Does ...

Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:02 PM in Does Anyone Have a Good Science Icebreaker Ideas?
My team building activity to start the year is to have my Earth Science students (working in groups of 4) build the tallest, sturdiest straw structure they can in 20 minutes. I'll test them on our shaker table at the end (also introduces a peek at our content for the year). My Physical Science students will given the task to build a paper roller coaster containing a turn, a full loop, and a 7-in...

Recent Reviews by Karen

Sun Aug 11, 2013 2:10 PM
4 clear and simple to follow
Material is presented in a clear and easy to follow manner. I did come away with ideas on how I can change up my lessons to get students thinking more. The comparisons to Mars were interesting.

Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:23 PM
5 Nice Overview with Great Teaching Suggestions
Very easy to follow and straight-forward review of atomic structure and forces associated with atoms. The hands-on activity suggestions are great. A wonderful gem is the inclusion of additional resources to help student's overcome misconceptions (in the pedagogical implications section).

Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:04 PM
5 No (Mitten) Problem with This Probe!
This probe is outstanding to address the need for heat source. Be careful of showing the illustration (thermometer bulb pointing out instead of in). I would recommend removing the illustration and replacing it with your own set up, then let students conduct the experiment themselves. Outstanding for creating discourse. Have students experiment with hats and scarves too!