"Good Morning, Dr Kennedy!" "Good Morning, Doctors!" That is how we greet each other during human body labs week, when my classroom becomes a hospital. I love classroom transformations, and they don't have to be expensive. Students love classroom transformations, and they stay engaged. I like to do one new transformation a year. Then, I keep the supplies to reuse. I am only on my third year of teaching. So, it's time to make a new one. My next one is planned for ecology. Check out my two previous classroom transformations below. (I have included affiliate links to the supplies I use.)
My first classroom transformation was Human Body Hospital Labs. My 7th graders have to learn about the human body systems, and diseases. After studying the information, I transform the lab for investigations. I cover the lab tables with white plastic table cloths from Amazon. Then I splash the cloths with a little bit of red paint. This helps to set the scene of an emergency…
My latest lab that I did with my 8th graders was Plate Tectonics. They have to study convergent, divergent, and transform boundaries. They also need to know what events happen at each boundary. This lab is the perfect way to learn it, show it, and get messy! To prepare for this lab each student will need the following materials. Materials:
Two full graham crackers broken in half
Paper towels/baby wipes for easy clean up
** I like to put a little bit of red and orange food dye in the cool whip. This helps to make it look more like the mantle. For the lab, each plate needs to have the cool whip spread across the plate. (smaller plates will be easier and cheaper). The cool whip will represent the mantle and the graham crackers will represent continental and oceanic crust. Then the student’s will slide the crackers around on top of the cool whip to represent each plate boundary.
During the lab the students will model a transform boundary by rubbing the crackers together. Then…
I am currently on my third year teaching. My first year I discovered how much teachers have to work just to be out. Whew! I had a Sub Tub, but the materials in it were not on the content the students were currently learning. I was stressed just to be out, because I didn't want to lose days on my
content. My second year, I started looking into flipping my classroom. I noticed while researching, that I could take those tips and apply it to sub plans. LIFE SAVER!
My second year, I started using Screencastify to record the screen on my computer. This program records my lesson on the screen, and my voice as I teach. After doing that, I would type up a worksheet for the students to do while they watched the video. Then, I would attach it to a post in my Edmodo Classroom, and BAM! My plans were complete without having to go to my classroom.
I started realizing that the students were not watching ALL of the lessons. They were just skipping around to find the answers to the worksheet. Ag…