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

Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:14 AM in Teaching Earth Science for the first time
Hi Athena!  Try out this link  https://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/30-playful-ways-to-teach-young-kids-about-rocks.html One of the things I've done is to take the kids on a field trip to a local hiking trail that uses stone hiking surfaces or even a stone quarry if you have one or some place where there are fossils and ask them to bring back pretty rocks or a pet rock.  Once they have the...

Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:16 PM in Float/Sink for Younger Grades
Thanks, Peggy.  Believe me, they were fun for me, too. jj

Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:47 AM in Float/Sink for Younger Grades
Hi Peggy.  I taught in an alternative education school and it was always a challenge engaging the kids but these buoyancy activities were always successful:  Gabe's aluminum boats are great.  We had the kids measure out identical pieces of aluminum foil - index card size and had them make boats, set them afloat in a small aquarium and then had a contest to see how many pennies they could get in t...

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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