James Johnson

I taught Grade 7 Science and Regents Earth Science at a public school, was the Grade 6-12 Science teacher at a private Alternative Education School, and was a Technology Education teacher at a public Middle School. I retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2004, so teaching is my second career. I still do informal education for NASA and NOAA and was fortunate to fly on the NASA SOFIA aircraft twice. I have two children who are both teachers - one in Chicago and one in Tampa and two grandchildren.




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Recent Posts by James

Sat May 04, 2019 7:17 AM in Hawaii Volcano Tour Recommendations
I was very fortunate to be able to do a workshop called the Astrobiology Laboratory Institute for Instructors (ALI'I) and we did a field trip to the big island and spent time at the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park  https://www.britannica.com/place/Hawaii-Volcanoes-National-Park where we were able to see the volcanoes and lava tubes, walk on recent lava flows that melted the soles on my sneakers....

Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:08 AM in First Grade Science Lesson
Hi Danielle!  I don't know if this is useful, but the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research sent me a link for classrooms to participate in citizen science giraffe research called Wildlife Kenya Citizen Science Project that might be fun for your class if you are still on that  unit.   https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/sandiegozooglobal/wildwatch-kenya Best of luck.  jj

Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:56 AM in Ohio River and Pollution
Hi Megan!  One of the items you can look at is the Allegheny River, a tributary of the Ogio, joining the Mon at Three Rivers in Pittsburgh.  If you look at the most northern part of the Allegheny River, you'll see that it flows North, then West, then South.  This was due to the ice flow, which blocked the Allegheny River from flowing into Lake Ontario.  Another good activity is a hands on activit...

Recent Reviews by James

Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:02 AM
5 Electric and Magnetic Forces
Always love these step-by-step and interactive exercises reinforcing the academic standards!

Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:56 PM
5 Reintroduction of Wolves
We did this simulation, today, and the kids were really interested in aligning the predators and prey to get the right mix. They were really interested in the interactive. Of all the activities, my special needs students like the interactives the best!

Sat Feb 15, 2014 1:29 PM
4 Interdependence of Life SciPack
The ecological succession interactive was fun. I will try this with my class next week and see how it goes.

Recent Public Collections by James


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Photos from MBARI EARTH 2018

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Space Exploration Educators Conference

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I attended the SEEC in 2016 and took pictures.

KQED - Up all Night with SOFIA, NASA's Flying Observatory: Science on the SPOT
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NASA Rockets to Racecars
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