Science Lessons

In my teaching of Science I use an approach called blended learning that combines several ingredients:

  • video-based direct instruction where the videos are viewed as homework
  • online peer discussion
  • classroom practice
  • hands-on instructional demonstrations
  • whole-group review
  • formal assessment after each lesson

    Google Classroom for Science

    posted Sep 6, 2014, 7:47 AM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Sep 6, 2014, 7:48 AM ]

    Over the summer of 2014 Google released Google Classroom for teachers like me who use Google Apps For Education (GAFE) in their classrooms. I've been experimenting with it in a couple of my homeroom classes. Now, I'm ready to move it to my science course for both 5s (my homeroom) and 5z (Mrs. Ziegler's homeroom) students. 

    Google Classroom makes the students' job of managing all their course materials much easier. Essentially, it's a portal that helps students manage all their GAFE tools—Google Email (GMAIL), Google Drive, videos on YouTube, and more.

    Here is a short video I made to help explain Classroom to the students. I've also shared this video publicly to give back to the community of educators who've shared so many helpful tools with me. 

    Water Vapor and Humidity (8-2)

    posted Aug 27, 2014, 10:41 AM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Aug 27, 2014, 10:42 AM ]


    Atmosphere and Air Pressure (8-1) Study Guide

    posted Aug 26, 2014, 1:50 PM by Paul Schwan


    Atmosphere and Air Pressure (8-1)

    posted Aug 24, 2014, 3:25 PM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Aug 24, 2014, 3:30 PM ]


    What is a Flipped Lesson?

    posted Aug 16, 2014, 2:15 PM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Aug 16, 2014, 2:15 PM ]


    Insolation Causes Temperature Change

    posted Aug 3, 2014, 5:26 PM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Aug 3, 2014, 5:26 PM ]


    Incoming Solar Radiation

    posted Aug 3, 2014, 2:30 PM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Aug 3, 2014, 3:14 PM ]




    In the Beginning: God Makes Earth, A Place for Us to Live

    posted Aug 1, 2014, 12:20 PM by Paul Schwan   [ updated Aug 1, 2014, 12:29 PM ]


    Biomes, 5-5

    posted May 14, 2014, 4:44 AM by Paul Schwan   [ updated May 19, 2014, 12:59 PM ]

    Vocabulary
    • biome
    • taiga
    • tundra
    • desert
    • deciduous forest
    • tropical rain forest
    • freshwater ecosystems
    • saltwater ecosystems

    CLOZE TEST Vocab
    • minerals
    • permafrost
    • leaves
    • grasslands
    • plants
    Vocab Helps:

    How Populations Survive, 5-4

    posted May 6, 2014, 6:54 AM by Paul Schwan   [ updated May 14, 2014, 10:49 AM ]

    Lesson Vocabulary:
    • limiting factor
    • adaptation
    • symbiosis
    • mutualism
    • parasitism
    • commensalism
    Cloze Test Vocab
    • pollinates
    • harm
    • sea anemones
    • hosts
    • fleas
    • eggs


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