Crosscutting Concepts

Check out these ideas to help implement the CCC of the NGSS.

I gotta say, I don’t really like the next gen standards. I mean, really?!! The only part I can really wrap my brain around right now are the crosscutting concepts. Whether you point them out (the fact that you teach them) or not, I have to believe that a good teacher teaches these things anyway… because that’s what science is. But alright, the powers that be have given us yet another thing to do in addition to the already very full job. So being the positive chickadee that I am, I will find a way to make this fun.

I have 2 ideas pertaining to CCCs.

Idea #1: Interactive bulletin board: So I loooove the honeycomb pattern. Sue me. It’s so versatile. You can arrange any which way you want, and it SO lends itself to seeing how relationships exist among things. Pretty much ANY thing. Put it along the top of your classroom, a bulletin board, narrow cabinet doors, whatever. So I went and bought some AMAZE-BALLS clip art from NGSS Nerd, you can find it HERE. She’s amazing, btw.

img_02411Seriously, can you IMAGINE the possibilities with this one? You can have a separate part of the room for EACH crosscutting concept! You can be adding on to these ALL YEAR LONG. You can check these bad boys out in my store right HERE.

Idea #2: T-shirt, baby. Yes, you CAN get sharpie marker to set in cotton and not bleed. There are some tricks, though. First, create your shirt. Use permanent sharpie markers and 100% cotton shirts. Once complete, iron on the highest setting the shirt allows. Allow shirt to cool. Soak shirt in very cold salt water solution. I leave mine overnight, just to be sure. Wash it by hand first, cold water always. After that, you can wash it in cold water with other laundry. If you add one drawing per chapter, students will leave school at the end of the year with a super cool science shirt! So fun!




I hope you can use these ideas as you go about implementing the Next Gen Science Standards.

Enjoy teaching again!!!



Free Stuff for Back to School

back to school free stuff blog post

It’s that time of year again! Time to head back to the classroom. Whether you’re a first year teacher, or heading back for the ump-teenth time, it’s always nice to have a few new items. This blog post is devoted to providing FREE back to school items for Middle School Science.

I’ve gone through a few of my favorite stores on TpT, and collected some of my favorite back to school freebies! (Because who doesn’t like free stuff?)

Personally, I like to refresh my classroom before getting class materials ready. It’s like getting the dishes done before sitting down to read a book… it just feels better.

Let’s start with a bulletin board. This one is from my TpT store. Be sure to check out my other great freebies while you’re there. I also have a collection of FREE Albert Einstein quote posters you might enjoy.
bulletin board cover

One of my favorite TpT-ers is Nitty Gritty Science. Her stuff is Ah-May-Zing! I love her free lab posters and her -ology poster set, both FREE!!!

Looking for something NEW to do on the first day of school? Getting Nerdy with Mel and Gerdy (who you should TOTALLY visit if you teach Middle School Life Science) offer this free Scientific Method Cubing Activity.
scientific method cubing

Will you be using microscopes this year? Head over to Science with Mrs Lau (who is a genius, btw) for FREE Microscope Proper Use Posters. Getting Nerdy has your first Microscope Lab, free and ready to go!
microscope signage







Last but not least, if you’re a structured teacher, you can score some FREE EXIT TICKETS, which are awesome for formative assessment.
exit tickets

I hope this (my very first actual useful) blog entry has helped you out some! My goal here is to make your life easier, so that you can enjoy teaching again. After all, when we love what we do, the kids love it too.




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