6-8 Science

February 2018 Newsletter

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars. We will be hosting our second annual Reimagine Conference on June 6-7, 2018. We will be offering several science opportunities as well as informative general sessions. More information will be coming!

Content Experts

If you did not sign up for Content Experts, inquire if someone at your school did and get useful information from them to assist you with your science instruction. All PowerPoints will be posted in your middle school Google folder if you would like to see what we are discussing and experiencing.
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Gizmos Help

Want some help with using Gizmos in your classroom? Check out these sites:

Whole Group Instruction - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6BHqO8Orfg

Small Group Instruction - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ2_WmnPC_k

Kudos to these schools with the highest Gizmos usage for November through December!

Dominion MS

Ridgeview MS

Woodward Park MS

Westmoor MS

Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy

Arts Impact Middle School

Gifted Columbus Academy

Berwick Alternative

More Kudos!

These schools are taking part in the Fairchild Challenge: Growing Beyond Earth

Berwick Alternative

Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy

Indianola Alternative

Johnson Park MS

Thank you for giving our students opportunities that give them real-world connections!

Interested in participating in one of these programs with the Franklin Conservatory?


  • Media: Interview/Writing
  • Entry Submission: Weds., Feb. 21, 2018


Coming Soon!

Look for these topics in your middle school Google folder to be coming your way soon:

Achieve 3000 articles correlated to your standards.

8th grade released AIR questions with strategies for teaching.

Unpacked standards.

Poster Opportunity

Franklin Soil and Water is sponsoring a Conservation Poster Contest. Interested? Please check out the document in our Middle School google folder: (deadline extended till Feb. 9)


STEM Challenge Opportunity

OSU is offering middle school teachers an opportunity for a STEM challenge. Thank you Patty Vazquez for sharing!!

Safety, Safety, Safety

If you have any old chemicals that need to be disposed of, please fill in the chemical removal sheet and send it to me. Also, a big thank you to those who have sent me their mercury check sheet. If you have not filled in your mercury check sheet, please do so and return it A.S.A.P. Thank you for helping to make our schools a safe environment for all students!

Spruce Run Nature Center

The family fun Saturday event this month is Winter Gardening. A representative from Franklin Conservatory will be there to provide a program. Come on out with the whole family and enjoy a morning of citizen science!


Helpful Resources

Download SmartBoard on your personal computer or laptop! https://education.smarttech.com/products/notebook/download

If you would like to learn about the mechanics for Study Island, contact Quentin Briggs:


If you would like to learn how to use it as a great source for differentiation, contact Jesse Ireland:jireland4224@columbus.k12.oh.us

Nasco free lesson plans: (scroll down to science...NOTE...you cannotdo the cheek cell lab in this district)


Online Presentation Tools for Students:



Check out this resource: www.ck12.org

It has several resource items. Included are online textbook links (FlexBook), PLIX, study guides, videos, readings, and practices. You can search by your state standards.

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Task Card Resource

Ever thought of using task cards in your instruction? Here are 14 ways to use them:


Teachers Pay Teachers offers several bundles of cards for different science subjects.

Office of Teaching and Learning (365-5297)

Sandee Donald, Executive Director

Sharee Wells, Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction

Heather Allen, K-5 Science Coordinator, hallen704@columbus.k12.oh.us

Jennifer Nord, 6-12 Science Coordinator, jnord5257@columbus.k12.oh.us

Geri Granger, K-12 Spruce Run Coordinator, ggranger9556@columbus.k12.oh.us