Share the NASA/SpaceX Crew Dragon flight and Artemis mission with your students

I made this Google Slides presentation to make sure my middle school students know about the historic May 30 flight of American astronauts on the first commercial flight to space. Also, many people are not aware of NASA’s Artemis program – the new mission to put people on the moon in 2024 with the purpose of eventually sending people to Mars!

Our students today are the Artemis Generation, but they don’t know it yet! Educate your students about it with this free presentation…

Click on the Image to go to the slide show.

Gotta do electrical circuits virtually? Here’s how!

This activity directs students to experiment with the basics of circuitry, virtually. It works great when distance learning (its a Google doc worksheet) is necessary or as an introductory activity to a hands-on circuitry lab.

The worksheet guides students in making and analyzing circuits using this interactive seen in the video below.

Watch the video for a peek at how the virtual circuit builder works!

Here’s a peek (below) of the 2nd page of the activity worksheet – see the whole thing at this link.


Physical Science

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WebQuests – all in Google Docs

What are Simple and Compound Machines? A Webquest

Build Series & Parallel Circuits, Virtually!

Transverse and Longitudinal Waves

Transverse Waves Worksheet: Wavelength, Amplitude, Frequency and Speed

Review Worksheet: Transverse & Longitudinal (sound) Waves 

Transverse Waves: Warm Ups / Exit Cards to Review Basic Properties

Relative Motion

Relative Motion: One Lesson to introduce relative motion and reference points


Inquiry Activity: Magnet Challenge! (NEW) Includes Google Doc Worksheet Option

Generation Science Freebies

The Rock Cycle - A WebquestGraphing with Content 1 - Intro to graphing, data analysis & experimental design

atomic theory timeline ppt coverFree Slide Show
Student Project Worksheet

FREE:  Build Series & Parallel Circuits, Virtually!
Bohr Atomic Model – Warm ups
or Exit Cards: Sample
Element, Compound or Mixture?
Critical Thinking Exercises, Warm-ups or Exit Cards:  Sample
Introduce Chemical Bonding
(Ionic, Covalent, Metallic) –
Note-taking worksheets and

practice exercises: Sample
Chemical Reactions Lab – 4 Easy and
Fun Experiments for Middle or High School: Sample
Nuclear Fusion diagram with
Bacteria Basics – introductory article for students

Go to the Full Generation Science Catalog


New Lab Activities!

I’ve recently turned two more of my lab activities into products available to other teachers through my TpT store.

Activity: Predict, Measure, Graph and Analyze with Tasty Candy!

I use this activity with my 6th graders as they are learning to make quantitative observations, but I think it’s useful for 7th-9th as well.

Students enjoy getting to eat the candy after they make their measurements. Skills practiced are making a bar graph, calculating averages and percentages and comparing their data to the data of other students.

My 6th graders come to me without much experience with measuring and evaluating quantitative data. Math is not applied to scientific thinking in the lower grades unfortunately! While I think they would benefit from quantitative thinking in science in 4th/5th grade, I am happy to introduce them to the world of data!

Inquiry Activity: Magnet Challenge! Includes Google Doc Worksheet Option

I was really happy with how well my students did with this activity. I created it over the summer to use as a beginning-of-the-year warm up to remind my 7th graders how to collaborate and get back into academic work. I enjoyed their enthusiasm for the activity as they got beyond their initial struggle with inquiry-style experimentation. Fear-of-the-wrong-answer-syndrome impacts many of my hardworking students! I like the challenge this activity provided to set aside this paralyzing fear and just enjoy experimenting with magnets. The link includes a product PREVIEW so you can see student work.

Metals Activity: Malleable, Ductile, Shiny, Conductive, High Melting Point

I made this inquiry activity years ago, but finally got around to making it available to teachers like you just recently. I like the way my students have to come up with their own ways to demonstrate the properties of metals with nothing more than a piece of aluminum foil. The only other supplies is a heat source such as a hot plate and some way to test electrical conductivity (easy to make).

The activity has a built-in assessment so you do not need any separate way to assess understanding.

You can have students partner up for this, but I like for them to work independently with this activity. Too much partnering leads to too much reliance on others to do the thinking. With a piece of foil being the only individual supply needed there’s no real need to share.

Take a look at the PREVIEW for this activity to see some student work!

The Metric System (measuring length) – A Webquest

Includes a Google Doc Version for Distance Learning!

Voyage through 5 interactive websites to practice:metric system cover

  • Reading rulers
  • Making basic conversions between mm, cm and meters

Learn more about this activity:
The Metric System: A Webquest

Student Links:

A. Learn about metric length (link)

A. 4. Take the quiz.

B. Reading Rulers Practice – Measuring Length in Centimeters (link). 

C. Measuring Length in Centimeters with Decimals (link).  

D. Measure it! – Centimeters with Decimals (link)

E. Play the Conversion Game

Build Series & Parallel Circuits, Virtually!

With DISTANCE LEARNING I wasn’t able to do the electrical circuits lab with my wonderful 8th graders so I created a worksheet in Google doc to guide them through constructing circuits, digitally, using a free online circuit builder!

electrical circuits activity coverThis activity allows students to experiment with the basics of circuitry, virtually. It works great when distance learning (Google doc worksheet) is necessary or as an introductory activity to a hands-on circuitry lab.

The worksheet guides students in making and analyzing circuits using this interactive.

Students (virtually) construct series and parallel circuits such as these:

Students learn about and measure resistance and voltage as they add resistors and other components to their circuits.

SEE IT ALL BY GOING TO THE PHET CIRCUIT CONSTRUCTION KIT and then make your life easy by purchasing the ready-to-go worksheet!