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The educational units found on this website use
well crafted, engaging, and truly interactive
PowerPoint presentations to deliver an entire unit
of study. The class notes (red slides), lab
activities, projects, discussion questions, and
review games are meaningful, the built-in quizzes
and constant questions involve the class and
challenge them. A bundled homework package
chronological follows the slideshow to help
reinforce class lessons. These units will have
your students at the edge of their seats.
Embedded within the slideshow
are red colored slides. Students
are instructed to record these
important notes into their
science journals without
prompting. The words are
always posted in large 32 font
and at the top of the slide so all
can see. The supplied unit
notes include these important
red slides with visuals for
students who may require
assistance. This process makes
note taking simple and effective.
In these slides, a shade technique is
used to cover up important terms
and concepts. Critical notes will be
presented one step at a time and will
appear in a highlighted color. Text
per slide is always limited, and color
coding helps to maintain focus. The
approach to PowerPoint is always
step by step.
|Each unit also comes with detailed unit
notes (.doc). These are the important red
slides, important visuals, step by step
drawings, and much more. These are
great for students who require extra
assistance and for your support
professionals. I print these up in advance
and distribute them to the students and
staff who need them.
Each unit contains many visual
oriented questions based on a
topic or concept the students
have just learned. The teacher
can use a variety of questioning
techniques to get everyone in
the class involved. These
types of slides challenge the
students and help the teacher
gauge understanding. Answers
are color coded and always
provided on the next slide.
Each unit comes with a multi-page homework
bundle (12-48 pages) and modified bundle
that chronologically follows the PowerPoint
slideshow for nightly review. These
homework bundles require students to review
class notes, activities, and labs in their
science journal in order to complete these
challenging assessments. Nightly homework
becomes staying current with daily lessons.
This set-up allows students to complete the
assessment when it fits into their busy
Each unit also comes with between 1-7
PowerPoint review games (125 slides
each). Each game has 20 questions and 5
for fun bonus questions. A Final question
also allows the students to wager points.
Answers are provided in PowerPoint form
so students can self assess. A blank
template sheet is provided. I usually allow
the students to work together in small table
groups with quiet communication. You can
decide if you want to allow the use of
science journals or not. These are a really
nice review opportunity and get the
students looking through their science
journals for the answers.
Laboratory investigations, demonstrations,
simulations, and many other activities are
constantly spread throughout the unit
slide show. The directions are not over
complicated, and the visuals help
students to quickly set-up and then
correctly conduct the activity. A visual
with a blank spreadsheet and worksheet
is provided. The activities always include
questions and usually a graphing
exercise. Answers are provided at the
end. This system has allowed me to
make the most of difficult scheduling
Students are asked to graph their data after
they have completed the lab activity. A blank
graph template is provided to assist the
students. Questions are then provided and
followed by the answers. All of the questions
are presented at once, and then addressed one
at a time. Students are always encouraged to
use data in their responses and will use a
variety of graphs throughout the units.
In this slide the teacher is made
aware of a reading that is available.
The teacher will find the reading in
the activities folder. Most are only a
few pages and include questions for
the students to answer. Students
are usually given a choice to answer
3 or more questions from a larger
list. The questions range from easy
to difficult which is great for the
In these slides, the teacher is made
aware of a relevant video link that can be
played. These clips are a nice way to
review material throughout the lesson.
Just click the provided link to access that
video on the internet. These video links
are short clips (2-7 minutes) and
extremely engaging. The thumbnail
provides a visual of the video and the
length that the video will run. The videos
are spread throughout the slideshow. An
optional message is provided for some
videos. The teacher can skip these
videos if under a time constraint.
Units are also provided with many other
activities and games such as crossword
puzzles and printed board games. You will
find these review opportunities in the activities
folder. These are great to have in your bag of
tricks for sub plans or when the unexpected
interrupts your day. A word bank is provided
for the crossword puzzle which can be
removed to make it more or less challenging.
Most units also include flash cards. The
teacher prints up the flash cards and then the
students cut them out. Some of the flash
cards are your standard flash card with the
term and definition which get folded to create
the card. Other flash card sets have the
students arrange the term, definition, and
picture in a row to create a match. Both are
great for student's who need them.
Each unit includes an available sheet folder for
those teachers who don't want to use journals or
just want to change things up. A slide within the
slideshow reminds the teacher and student when
these sheets are available. These sheets are
great for classwork and allow the teacher to collect
as necessary. Lab activities have available sheets
with spread sheets for organizing data, questions,
and blank graphs to speed things along.
Each unit contains many visual quizzes to help reinforce class lessons. I usually let my students
use their science journal but you can also use them as a more formal assessment. The quizzes
are usually visually based and have students record the name of the picture or concept learned. In
this quiz, students are looking at X-rays after they have learned the bones of the human body.
Answers are provided after the quiz. The question is presented one last time before the answer is
revealed so the teacher can call upon students to help gauge understanding.
Each part to the PowerPoint roadmap ends with several hidden box game challenges. A relevant
picture from the unit is hidden beneath some shapes. Each slide uncovers more of the picture as
students try and guess what's beneath. I only allow one guess per student so the anticipation
builds. This is a great way to end the unit as students review all that we have learned. The
students visual memory is quite unbelievable.
In these slides, the teacher is made aware of a
demonstration / activity that will occur in several
days. Having the entire unit organized in
advance keeps the unit moving in a positive
direction. The students will learn the content just
in time for the lab. After purchase, add your own
favorite labs and activities to the unit.
Each part of the PowerPoint roadmap has a find
the hidden owl somewhere in the slideshow
game. One tiny cartoon owl is hidden
somewhere between 1-900 slides for each Part of
the unit. The student that spots the owl must
raise their hand in the air when they see it. I
added this hidden owl game into a slideshow
many years ago and it became an immediate
sensation. Your students will go bonkers over
this. If you don't want the owl in the units, it will
only take a few seconds to delete those slides.
This is mostly just for fun, but having a reward
handy gets some students focused on the board
and not trouble.
Also included in each unit is a word document that describes how to create a
student version of each unit in the curriculum. The student version will look a lot
like the teachers but will be missing the answer keys to the bundled homework,
built-in quizzes, PowerPoint review games, hidden box games, owl, crosswords,
and many of the surprises that are meant for the classroom. In order to create a
student version the teacher just needs to copy, paste, and then delete a few
selected folders and slides. I distribute the entire student version curriculum /
units to the students at the beginning of the year and provide support
professionals a copy of each unit. Students, parents, and support staff can use
the slideshow for assistance to complete the homework and for further exploration.
Periodic slides are placed throughout
the slideshow at natural breaks to
remind students about the bundled
homework. This slide reminds students
that they should be close to page 7 in
their homework package. I require
students to record this information in
their assignment book. Staying
organized becomes part of the daily
lesson and throughout the unit
Every unit also includes a coloring and
labeling page that's always a student
favorite and terrific sub plan if needed.
Students record notes and information
in the margins next to relevant
sketches. The students can then color
as desired. I tape them all together at
the end of the year and laminate for a
nice culminating wall poster.
Navigating through a unit is a snap. Each unit consists of folders with homework packages, unit
notes, answer keys, lab activities, and general information. The PowerPoint slideshows are
labeled Part I, Part II, etc., and the bundled homework package, unit notes, PowerPoint review
games, and much more chronologically follow the PowerPoint roadmap.
Detailed answer keys are also
provided for the bundled homework
package, modified version, crossword
puzzles, and much more. These are
great for teachers, support staff, and
homeschool parents. A rubric is also
provided to assist in grading science
|Most aspects of a unit can be modified to fit any curriculum or time requirement. The PowerPoint
slideshows (.pptx), and homework bundles / worksheets (.doc), and class notes (.doc) can be altered
to fit your own needs. The nice part about these units are they can be easily updated, used year
after year, and have already been used in an extremely busy and challenging classroom with great
14+ Years in public education, Bachelors degree in Biology and
Environmental Studies from Saint Lawrence University 98', state
teaching certificate, Masters Degree in Educational Leadership,
outdoor educator, coach, ski-instructor, canoe guide, research
assistant with the USGS, parent, outdoor enthusiast, lived in East
Africa, great life experiences, and a love for science and education.
Thank you for your interest in this website / science curriculum.
This curriculum has been used in a busy and challenging
classroom environment over the last decade with fantastic results.
If any activity or lesson hasn't been extremely effective it has been
modified or removed. Exciting activities, labs, video links,
academic games, built-in humor, and much more keep the learning
fun without compromising learning. If you have any questions
please feel free to contact me Thank you again and best wishes.
Ryan Murphy M.Ed
Entire curriculum, 20 full units of study, 50,000+
slides, homework, notes, review games, and
much more. (Instant Download).