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Topography – The Shape of the Land

October 15

6th Grade – this is a good review of what we’ve learned about Topographic Maps so far.  Watch this to understand better.

Cellular Respiration

October 11

Cells, Cells! They’re Made of Organelles!

October 11

7TH GRADE: This is how we learn, and have fun! I have students that are seniors in High School and still remember the lyrics, which means they know the organelles.

Scalar, Vector, Displacement

October 10

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Next Generation Science Standards in Action

October 8

Making Food Webs – 6 Steps

June 1

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Food Chains & Food Webs

June 1

Summertime Reading, Aah!

July 19

New Periodic Table Song

October 27

Scabs, scars and radioactive slime – Happy Halloween

October 27

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To make the best oozing wounds, you need:


  Red Food Coloring

  Kleenex Tissue

  Cocoa Powder or Ground Cinnamon

First, smear some clear Vaseline as a base.  Tear a single ply of tissue and pat some tissue into the Vaseline.  Then add a smear of Vaseline tinted with red food coloring down the middle to be the bloody part.  Then take a Q-tip and dab the cocoa powder around the edges and a little in the middle for the bruised and scabby look!


For glow in the dark “radioactive” looking slime:

Remove the wick from a yellow highlighter and soak it in a jar of water.  Mix 6 0z. of CLEAR elmer’s school glue to 1 cup of the highlighter water.  In another jar, mix Borax (laundry booster powder) to water until it is saturated (no more will dissolve).   Mix equal parts of the highlighter/glue mixture to the Borax/water mixture and shake or stir for about 1 minute.  The slime will be at it’s best consistency after about 45 minutes and will keep for a good long while if stored in a baggie in the refrigerator.  IMG_20151028_111247 IMG_20151028_111309


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The earliest stage in the lifecycle of the Bug Lady has been traced to the Midwest in the early 1990s, where elementary students near the Illinois State University campus were presented with live insects from the ISU Entomology Lab by an inspired graduate student.

Wings unfurled, she expanded her range as Associate Director of Education for Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences in Peoria. Bug Lady appeared frequently in school outreach and after school enrichment programs, summer camps, senior homes, and occasionally on the local news. In 2001, she served as President of the Peoria Academy of Sciences, reviving the Entomology section and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science.

She then migrated to the west coast, not unlike the Monarch butterfly, to bask in the California sun and tend to her newly hatched larva (baby Sophie). “In my mind and my heart, I’ve always been the Bug Lady, not so much for the knowledge I’ve acquired regarding insects, but more for the feeling that I’m in a constant state of metamorphosis – ever changing.”

Now, after a long diapause, the imago of Bug Lady has recently been sited in Alameda summer programs along with her assistant, Bug Gurl. She is taking flight in cyberspace to share her love of insects, science and life in general with enthusiasts of all ages.