Bug Lady Ms. Johnstone Rules!

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


How Organisms Affect Ecosystems

September 24

Diamonds from Peanut Butter?

September 19

We did a lesson called “No Pressure, No Diamonds”. In learning about real vs. man made diamonds we also talked about responsibility and the reason that all work should be your best effort. Then I found this…crazy!

Chemistry Cartoon

January 4

BNSG – Click link for note taking sheet

April 27


Muscular System Song

April 27

Meeting Jane Goodall With My Daughters

April 7

I had the distinct honor to meet one of my idols and a relentless source of inspiration to me as a biologist, that one person can make such a profound difference in the world. I have included a short retrospective by Nationall Geographic and the full discussion which I attended last Friday. I felt such pride presenting her with a jar of honey from my bees for her 80th birthday! I’m happy to share this experience with you. I hope it means half as much to you as it does to me. 
goodall crop



March 13


Click the link above, then on the circle to the far right, A Bird’s Eye View of Natural Selection



Oakland Parents! Support OPT

March 11

I was honored to receive recognition at last year’s gala for The Parent Friendliest Teacher in Oakland. If you are interested in attending or sponsoring – click below the announcement for the registration form!


FUN QUIZ REVIEW – Click the links below

February 22

Cool Genetics Game


Science Spot – Learning For the Fun of IT!

Bunny Punnet Squares

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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.