Monday, January 30, 2012

Bill Nye: Water Cycle

I have to say that my students still like Bill Nye the science guy, and he generally gets the point across sometimes better than I do!  I usually take 30 minutes to watch a related Bill Nye video if it matches my content.  I have used different video worksheets but I find that I like to make my own.  I just finished teaching the water cycle to my sixth graders and created a worksheet for the related Bill Nye film. This worksheet has various questions to go with the video and a summary at the end.  I was also doodling when I wrote it and included some water related doodles on the worksheet:

You can find this worksheet and other science lessons at my store here:

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Liebster Award

Thank you to 5th grade over at schoolboxtreasures  for nominating my blog for the Liebster Award. 

Here's a little background on the award:

Liebster means “dearest” in German, and the award is intended to help up-and-coming blogs get the attention they deserve.

 As with any award, there is a bit of ceremony involved. In order to accept the award, we must do the following:
  1. Copy and paste the award on our blog.
  2. Link back to the blogger who gave us the award.
  3. Pick our five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
  4. Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.

I am honored to accept this and pass it on the the following blogs:

The Teaching Bank 

Workshop Classroom 

Teacher 4 Kids 

Joy of Teaching 

Teacher Gone Digital 

Make sure you check out these great sites! And thanks, again, 5th grade, for the award!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Red Mountain Hike

Red Mountain Amphitheater
Red Mountain geologic area is located about 25 miles north of Flagstaff in the Coconino National Forest.  It is a cinder cone volcano and part of the San Francisco volcanic field.  Red Mountain is unique because its internal structure is visible.  Off of highway 180 visitors are invited to hike a gentle uphill trail to the volcano.  Upon reaching it, hikers are surrounded by hoodoos of the partially eroded cone.  Another very interesting feature is the pyroxene crystals that are eroding out of the structure.  These become more numerous as you get closer to the amphitheater.  My children were so enamored with these minerals that we could hardly get them off the trail during a thunderstorm!

Red Mountain is well worth the hike.  Do take water with you as you may want to spend some time investigating the volcano.  Also, be cautious of snakes on the trail as I have sighted at least two rattlesnakes on this hike.
Dark Cinders at Red Mountain

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