Learning happens inside the classroom. And it also happens outside the classroom. I work hard to take science concepts beyond the text book and show real life applications. Below you will find classroom projects, as well as worksheets from optional field trips and extra credit movie worksheets.
Fellow teachers, feel free to use any lesson plans.
I teach a lesson where my students have to develop a monthly budget for the energy needs of an apartment. No, not all of their electric bill can go towards running their XBox.
Check out My Apartment Energy Budget by Ted McColl
Is it cheaper to pay the water and electricity to do your laundry at home or to go to a laundromat?
The Miramar Airshow is one of the largest in the nation. Hundreds of thousands of people come to see jet fighters, helicopters, biplanes and everything in between. And without realizing it, they’re also seeing some mighty fine physics principles at work.
The San Diego Maritime Museum, which includes 13 ships including the Star of India, the oldest continuous sailing ship in the world, is a place where the concepts of wind, steam, power, and navigation come alive. It also has some of the best oceanography exhibits.
A gem from 1971 (with theme songs by Joan Baez!), Silent Running depicts a future in which all plant life on Earth has been made extinct. Only a few specimens have been preserved in enormous, greenhouse-like geodesic domes attached to a fleet of American Airlines space freighters, just outside the orbit of Saturn. This film poses some still timely conservation questions.