Secondary Science Back to School Giveaway

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School is starting up again soon and the secondary science teachers on Teachers Pay Teachers have your back!  To kick off this school year, we are giving away resources and individual store shopping sprees.  There are TWO rafflecopters below where you can win prizes.  Both raffles end on August 12th at midnight.

 

The first is a rafflecopter where you can enter to win $25 worth of resources from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  I will be picking two winners at random.  Once you win, I’ll email you and ask you what resources you would like from my store!  Then you can email me back which resources you want, and I’ll email them to you.

There are multiple ways to win this prize ($25 worth of resources from my store)!

  1. Write a blog comment below suggesting a topic you would like to read about on my blog this year.
  2. Follow me on instagram, pinterest, and at my TPT store.
  3. Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter!

Here are just a few resources you could choose from:

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Enter the raffle below to win $25 in my store!

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In addition to individual store giveaways, a group of secondary science teachers have put together one HUGE blog hop scavenger hunt, just for science teachers teaching grades 6-12, science: Four $100 TeachersPayTeachers gift cards!  Each blog post has a secret code word and a number.  The number tells you the word order in the secret sentence.  Collect the words from each blog (links below), write them down in number order, and copy the secret sentence into second rafflecopter giveaway.  This rafflecopter form is the same on every blog, so you only need to enter once from any one of our blogs!  (Please only enter if you are a science teacher) My code word is “SCIENCE” and it’s the FIRST one.

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123 thoughts on “Secondary Science Back to School Giveaway

  1. Syd

    This is my first year teaching science with the set up and equipment to do real labs. I’m working with 6th grade students, most of whom haven’t done labs before. I’d love to know more about how you manage labs. What size groups work best for you? Pairs? Teams of 4? How do you manage behavior? How do you get students to SLOW DOWN and follow the procedures carefully?

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  2. Lindsay

    I’m really wanting to start doing more inquiry based labs with my students so I’d love to see some of those.

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      I do not, but I know that Getting Nerdy with Mel and Gerdy, Kesler Science, and Erica Colon do!

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      I teach critical thinking every day but asking a ton of questions and getting students to logically progress from one concept to the next. When I teach, I ask questions like
      “So why do you think this is true?”
      “How is this connected to this?”
      “How do we get to this idea from this idea?”

      I ask questions like this all class period long and I call on students and help them muddle through the logic that leads scientists from one concept to another. I try to never give the kids the answer (when it’s possible) and I often answer a question with another question. 🙂 Frustrating isn’t it? I hope that helps. I find that constant classroom conversation like this helps students learn to critically think.

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  3. Teresa Lass

    I’d like STEAM activities; so much is STEM-related, but our school incorporates art as well, hence STEAM.

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      Art has definitely never been my strong suit, but I hope you can find what you’re looking for. There are a lot of great teachers on TPT with activities that might fit your needs. Check out the other blogs below!

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  4. Erin Middelhoven

    Thank you! I would love more information about starting a school wide STEM program (we are just at the beginning stages!

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  5. Elizabeth Yoho

    Setting up scientific inquiry in the classroom but ensuring the students are learning what they need to.

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      This is definitely a challenge. Inquiry learning takes time and sometimes it feels like we have to rush it. This is why I love teaching a science research course.

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  6. Tran Polizzi

    NGSS intro. My district barely touched that subject and I’m trying to be ahead. I want to know now, but don’t know what I’m looking at or understand it.

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      The actual NGSS documents are kind of hard to interpret for sure! I will look into this for a future post.

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  7. Vicky Lieu

    A topic that I would love to hear more about is NGSS too. I have some knowledge of it but I really would love to know how it differs from my current teaching practices. Another topic might be to incorporate more accountable talk effectively in the classroom but orally and written. Thanks.

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      Wow, this is a good topic. I have done this, and although not easy, it can be done successfully! I’ll have to write this down for a future blog post.

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  8. Kayla Telford

    I would love to know more about teaching science to English language learners. This will be my third year with teaching a sheltered science course to ESL students. I haven’t found too many resources out there, so I have been creating a lot on my own the last few years.

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      This is a great question. I am not formally trained to teach ELL. I would love to hear more about your ideas for teaching ELL students. If you would like to discuss ELL strategies, feel free to shoot me an email at mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com! I would love to hear your ideas for adapting my materials for ELL students.

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  9. Emily J Foley

    I would love hands-on middle school life science labs/activities that are easy to incorporate and have materials that are often on hand and re-usable. 🙂 I can’t wait to look through your site more. I’m glad I found you through the giveaway!

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      I’m really glad you found me too! 🙂 Most of my materials are meant for high school but I suggest you look and see if there is anything for your students’ level. You might also want to check out Getting Nerdy with Mel and Gerdy and Erica Colon – they have a lot more lab station type activities.

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  10. Rachael

    I enjoy using your products! I’m a middle school teacher and would love more of your ideas for genetics, DNA, or evolution!

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  11. Selena Khan

    I’d like to learn more about NGSS and how they differ from the traditional state standards for science.

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      Great idea! The NGSS are tough to break down for sure. Maybe I’ll write about them in a blog post soon.

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  12. amy spock

    I have purchased several of your products, and I highly recommend them! I am especially excited to use your science homework bundle this year!!!

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      Thank you so much!! I’m glad you got my homework bundle. I am almost done with the cell energetics unit (enzymes, photosynthesis, and respiration) and these will be posted, hopefully at the end of this week, depending on how long my daughter’s naps are this week. 🙂

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      🙂 Oh it’s coming! I’ve got a lot of ideas for ecology, but I don’t have much in my store yet for ecology. The homework bundle will have some great ecology pages (in progress) and I plan on adding some activities to my store too! Thank you so much for your support and your comment.

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  13. Lisa W

    I would love to see more interactive notebook foldables. I just started using an ISN in my 8th grade class and I am always looking for ideas!

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      I would take a look at Nitty Gritty Science’s stuff; she might have what you’re looking for!

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      I have never actually done a frog dissection, but Getting Nerdy with Mel and Gerdy have some great frog dissection resources!

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      1. Jill Christensen

        Mel and Gerdy have some GREAT paper “dissections” that are really wonderful to use before or in conjunction with actual dissections!

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  14. Michelle

    I like your site. I would love to see some quick stem warm ups I can incorporate into class. It seems some labs take so much time, I really want to incorporate quick demos.

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  15. Mary Ann

    We are working more with the literacy standards in class. I would like more resources that I can use with my students.

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  16. tara

    Now I wish I was still in a regular classroom to use some of your resources. They look awesome! I may be again 🙂

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      Awwww, you’re so sweet! Thanks for the comment! Your google resources look cool and when I go back to teaching, I may need them too!

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  17. Amanda Russ

    I’m really looking for practical information about “alternative” seating at the middle school level. Also would like to read about standards based grading in the science classroom.

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      I teach mainly high school, but if you find good information about alternative seating at this level, let me know! In my opinion, with lab tables and chemicals and other dangerous things around the lab room, alternative seating just isn’t practical for a lot of high school science classes. But maybe it could work for you and I’d love to hear about it! Standards based grading is definitely a good topic and I want to learn more about it too.

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  18. Kaitlyn Robinson

    I would like you to make differentiated resources that all learners (struggling and advanced) can engege in!

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      I focus mainly on biology and chemistry; have you checked out The Science Duo, Nitty Gritty Science, and Kesler Science?

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  19. Tiffany ryan

    I would really like to pin down the correct order to teach the first unit of science, starting with the scientific method moving through lab supplies and graphing and the metric system.

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      I think it might depend on your class, but I like to do the following:
      scientific method and simple experiment design
      metric system
      graphing
      lab supplies and measurement

      Then I have them take measurements using lab supplies and practice graphing.

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  20. Rachel Pedler

    Thank you for offering a Task Card template as a freebie on your website. Can you provide some creative strategies to use task cards in the middle grades science classroom that are both engaging and fun?

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      I normally teach high school but check out the other teachers on the blog link hop! There are some awesome middle school teachers there.

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  21. Amy Geurkink

    Oh my gosh..how I love the color-by-number pages! I began using them this year and they are fabulous….easy way to pre-assess or have students review concepts in a quick, fun and easy method.

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  22. Michelle Brosseau

    Hey TpT BFF 😀
    Thanks for the great giveaway! I want you to know that your graphing bundle is extraordinary. I love using it at the start of the semester as diagnostic assessment, then using different pages to practice throughout the semester. It’s a fantastic resource to practice graphing skills – something SO many students need help with.
    Thanks!

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      🙂 Hey TPT BFF,

      Thanks for participating in the giveaway and I hope you have a great year ahead for you! I’m really glad you like the graphing activities. It’s such a basic skill but so many students need help!

      Bethany

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  23. Mary Beth Hamm

    Super excited about this giveaway! I would love to hear about how you would conduct independent science investigations with sixth graders studying Earth/Space science! I have some high flyers that need some challenge and wonder how others would approach that.

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      I don’t teach earth/space science but maybe you could get them involved in a science research project. I taught science research for a bunch of years and high flyers do really well in their own independent project. There is a lot of space related data free online nowadays; high flyers might like to investigate that themselves and decide on their own project.

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  24. Logan j

    I would love for you to address how you set up and prepare for labs with only a small amount of time. How do you group kida?? Thanks!

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      This is a great idea. I’ll have to put this on my list for the future. Thanks for posting!

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  25. LoriAnn

    I have used several resources in my classroom. They are well designed and really help me with my English Language Learners. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      AWww! Thank you for posting this. I am glad they help English Language Learners (is it because they have a lot of graphics and pictures?) I love to hear about my resources helping students around the world. If you ever have any pictures of students using my resources, I would love them! You can send them to my email address (mrs.bethany.lau at gmail.com).

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  26. Ramona Wheeler

    Project based learning is the new thing in our school. We are implementing the new standards starting next year and the principal wants more project based lessons. I’m a new teacher so I am a bit lost!

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      It’s definitely hard to balance project based learning with getting all the content in! I hope you get some more guidance; it’s tough being a new teacher! Have you been given a mentor? I hope the school provides you with a good one!

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  27. Taajnia

    I like your hands-on activities to help teach biology. I would like more advice on how to incorporate NGSS with more activities in Biology

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  28. Stephanie

    Thank you for putting together the great giveaway! What an exciting way to learn more about so many incredible resources! I’ll echo Danielle who said, “I would love Earth Science stem projects that can be done with limited resources.”

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  29. GINGER GOULD

    I home school an only child. So I’m always doing something new and never get a chance to perfect a method of introduction, so I’m happy to discover all these science instructables to help with my presentation of topics. I look forward to anything chemistry based this year.

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      I hope you find what you’re looking for, either here or at one of the other teacher’s pages. I have some chemistry resources, but there are other teachers with great chemistry resources as well! Thanks for stopping by.

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  30. Ginny

    I love the color by number….valence electrons, acid-base, all of them. What a great idea!

    I’d like to hear about protein synthesis

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  31. Jessa Williams

    I am very curious on some of your note taking thoughts with guided notes and use with interactive notebooks. I am glad I came your way, seeing you have similar teaching style and content that I teach.

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      I’m glad you found me too. I use a lot of guided notes (I haven’t posted about these yet; maybe in the future). I don’t use a strict interactive notebook, but I certainly use resources (cut and paste, coloring pages, diagram pages) that could be used in interactive notebooks.

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  32. Virginia

    I’d love to know about resources for that student who just can’t get enough science, and needs much more than what curriculum normally provides. And fun ways to teach the periodic table, with meaning and not just straight memorizing.

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      I plan on putting more periodic table resources (and blog posts) together in the near future. Thanks for the idea!

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  33. Melony Liz

    Can’t wait to use homework pages and task cards. If like to see /use more integration of tech & QR codes.

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    1. mrs.bethany.lau@gmail.com Post author

      I’m glad you’re excited to use my resources! I don’t have a lot of tech integration, but I’m thinking of going in that direction in the future. At the schools I’ve worked at, we rarely had computers and definitely no tablets available (sometimes I even had to borrow projectors). 🙂

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