Jaguar Sneak Attack on a Basking Caiman

Amazing video from the PBS series The Story of Cats – a jaguar swims to sneak up on and attack a caiman in Brazil’s Pantanal. Watch below:

Biology Quizlet Review: Ecology, Levels of Organization, and Biomes

Below are Quizlet review activities for my College Prep Biology class at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. The topic for this review is Ecology: Levels of Organization and Biomes. First is a Quizlet flashcard review: Next is a Quizlet vocab quiz. You can also try other review activities by clicking the dropdown menu on the bottom-right of […]

Biology Quizlet Review: Energy in Ecosystems, Food Webs, and Food Chains

Below are Quizlet review activities for my College Prep Biology class at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy. The topic for this review is Ecology: Energy in Ecosystems, Food Webs, and Food Chains. First is a Quizlet flashcard review: Next is a Quizlet vocab quiz. You can also try other review activities by clicking the dropdown menu on […]

My Kids Participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge and They Didn’t Even Know It

Last summer I attended a Google Apps for Educators workshop at Pinkerton Academy in New Hampshire. One of the videos they showed in the keynote address was Caine’s Arcade – if you’re not familiar with it, it’s well worth watching the following video: In a nutshell, Caine used his imagination, and a dash of creativity, […]

The Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle

This plant…will kill you. 

Attendance Roster and Grading Spreadsheets in Google Sheets

I’ve wasted far too much time trying to format attendance and grading rosters “just right” in Google Sheets (I’m a bit of a perfectionist!), so I thought I’d share links to blank versions of each in case anyone out there wants to use them as a template. You can click on the links below, which […]

Have you ever heard a bullfrog scream?

One of the most memorable experiences I had as a teacher intern last spring was an ecology class field trip to a vernal pool near my home. The kids were fully engaged, and several of the boys were determined to catch as many frogs as they could. One of the frogs that was scooped up […]

I have gained new respect for the power of lightning…

YouTube user Anja Englert recently uploaded a video of a lightning bolt destroying a telephone pole in Chicago – check it out, it’s quite striking 🙂 Need to save this one for Physical Science class.

Beaked whales and purple disco balls: New and unusual species discovered in our oceans.

I never cease to be amazed by the fact that we are still finding new creatures on this planet. In the past week I’ve read two stories on NPR.com about discoveries of animals that appear to be new to science. What’s particularly cool is that these animals couldn’t be more different, and we’re still not […]

Histocats: When Cats Hide in Histological Specimens

I hate to admit that I’m a sucker for funny cat videos/photos. I also happen to love teaching histology, and have been doing so for the past week in Anatomy and Physiology class. I never would have thought that these two interests could be combined, but thanks to the iHeartHisto website, the unlikely merger of […]