Starting Middle School with Science Skills

What do you do to engage students on the first day of the new school year? Give a lecture? Probably not! Go over the class rules? Boring! For my middle schoolers, I like to kick off the school year with a fun science activity that can be used to: 1) teach basic lab skills, (2)Continue reading “Starting Middle School with Science Skills”

End of Year Fun with Famous Scientists

Do you need an engaging end of year activity that will motivate your students to squeeze in a little more learning before the summer break? The Famous Scientist Cereal Box Project combines research, design, organisation, and presentation skills and is ideally suited for 7th to 9th grade students. My students love this assignment which givesContinue reading “End of Year Fun with Famous Scientists”

Storytelling for Secondary Science

Just a few years ago my school principal informed me that I was required to complete more teacher training. Then came the good news. I was being sent to Greece to attend The Mars Mission Summer School sponsored by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Program and the Space Awareness Project. What better place to think aboutContinue reading “Storytelling for Secondary Science”

Newton and Coulomb: Fatal Attractions and Fundamental Forces

Something that always fascinates me about physics teaching and learning is that the basic concepts are closely interrelated. If you can grasp the concepts of Newton’s laws of motion as applied to the acceleration of objects in one dimension, then this knowledge can be used to evaluate the motion of objects in a variety ofContinue reading “Newton and Coulomb: Fatal Attractions and Fundamental Forces”

Resources Galore in 2022

2021 was another year of steady growth for Step by Step Science. With more than 500 YouTube videos and 100 resources in our Teachers Pay Teachers store, we have been able to support and enrich teaching and learning for so many of you during the pandemic. Our goal has always been to offer high quality,Continue reading “Resources Galore in 2022”

Scaffolding Science Lessons

Getting ready to start a new topic in your instruction? Not sure where to begin or what prior knowledge students have? I like to start with an opening question. For my unit on energy, work and power I always ask, “What is the difference between mass and weight?” Most students can not come up withContinue reading “Scaffolding Science Lessons”

Educational Evolution in the Sciences

More than 20 years ago I stepped into my first classroom. Before me sat rows and columns of students patiently waiting for me to teach them something. Today when I go to school things look pretty much the same. The science curriculum has changed little over the years and I still need to cover everythingContinue reading “Educational Evolution in the Sciences”

Strategies to Address Learning Gaps

As the pandemic situation improves around the world, many teachers are able to enjoy face to face instruction again. I’m thrilled to be back in my physics classroom, but that doesn’t mean things are quite back to their usual routine. The challenges of distance learning meant that some students did not manage to complete theContinue reading “Strategies to Address Learning Gaps”

Five Fun and Easy Physics Challenges

One of my favourite things about being a physics teacher is doing demonstrations and experiments with my students. Why start a lesson with a lecture when you can arouse your students’ curiosity by bringing scientific principles to life right before their eyes? I like to start with a provocative question like: How can you pickContinue reading “Five Fun and Easy Physics Challenges”

The Upside of Gravity

What can you always depend on, but will always let you down? Gravity! But in fact, gravity will never let you down as a topic of interest for your physics students. That’s why Step by Step Science has created some great new teaching resources on gravity over the summer. Gravitation and satellite motion are conceptsContinue reading “The Upside of Gravity”