The Secret of Plant Intelligence, Part 1

  This book “review” is a little premature given that I have yet to read the book, The Cabaret of Plants, (hence, Part 1), but I am just so excited about its publication.  We humans, for too long, have grossly underestimated the complex role plants play in our environment, as well as their “intelligence”.  In […]

A New Species of Logperch (Percina apina) is Discovered in the Tennessee Valley

It seems that everywhere we look there is discouraging news regarding the state of our global environment, so it is refreshing when we hear something positive in the field of science.  In October, The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced its discovery of a new species of Logperch (Percina apina) in the Tennessee River. What is […]

Teaching Tool: Digital Lesson Planner in Google Sheets

Over the past few years I’ve pretty much converted all of my teaching materials into Google Docs/Sheets/Slides. I also tend to prefer digital record keeping rather than paper – for example, I  no longer use a traditional planner for writing out my lesson plans book. Instead, I created a plan book in Google Sheets, which […]

How does a cheetah run so fast?

On e of the joys of teaching a zoology class is that there are so many amazing stories to tell about how different animals are uniquely adapted to their lifestyle/environment. One such story is about why the cheetah so fast. Their springy, springy spine, and leg muscles dominated by fast twitch fibers (among other things) […]

Kahoot! Review Quizzes: High School Physical Science

Below is a list of Kahoot! review games I have either created or duplicated + edited for a Physical Science class at Coe Brown Northwood Academy in Northwood, NH. I tend to use these as review activities the day before a quiz or test, and the students love them. I also give prizes (candy, bonus […]

Science Song: A Musical Memorial for Lonesome George

I was showing a video about the Galápagos Islands to my Zoology class yesterday, and during a segment on the giant tortoises a student asked me the name of the tortoise that died that was the last of his species on one of the islands. I hadn’t heard about this particular tortoise, so I did […]

Teaching the Scientific Method and Experimental Design: Notes, Activities, Worksheets, Labs

I have mixed feelings about teaching the scientific method as it is traditionally presented. Though I see value in using it as a model for how science is done, too often it is presented as a rigid set of steps that must be followed in order. The reality is that, in practice, scientists rarely follow […]

Classroom Activity: Experimental Design in Google Slides

When teaching the scientific method and experimental design to high school students, one of my favorite activities is one in which they work in groups to create a simple controlled experiment on a single slide. The instructions are simple – they have to create an experiment using images only, and it can address any question […]

High School Biology Memory Game

One of the activities I like to do during the 1st week of class is a Biology Memory Game. I adapted this particular game from my mentor teacher at Merrimack Valley High School (Kristin Anderson), and have found it to be a great way to assess both student personalities and background knowledge in the subject […]

The Sponge Song: An Ode to the Porifera

In an effort to make sponges more interesting for my students (a challenge for sure!), I came across this fine song by Jake Shields. Enjoy!