Happy Day!

I got the following email from a student today. Getting a message like this, is the best gift a teacher can receive. It shows my students are connecting what they learn in class. Here’s the note I found in m email:

I saw this in a magazine:


(The part where it mentions chlorophyll)


Physical Science A’s Feedback

Photo on 12-8-15 at 9.52 AMEach Semester, I ask my students to reflect and provide me with feedback by asking them four essay questions on their final exam.  You can see that paper circuitry made a huge impression along with the atom and Kahoot.it Here are the responses for Physical Science Fall 2015

1. Name 3 of your favorite activities or lessons that we did in this class.


  • Paper circuitry, Labs, And kahoot 🙂
  • Kahoot , Paper Circuitry, some labs we did in class
  • my favorite activity is when it comes to projects and my other two is kahoot and experiments
  • liked the Chapter 2 lessons, the Chapter 3 lessons, and the Kahoot! Reviews
  • The paper circuitry, the periodic table and how the atom is like.
  • I like the the paper circuits, I like the paper circuits., I like the paper circuits.
  • Playing on kahoot it, learning about molecules, and metallic bonding.
  • it, notes, and paper circuitry+
  • My 3 favorite activities we did in this class was when were doing the paper circuitry. The first time doing my paper circuitry, i was surprised when the lights lit up. My second activities is when doing nearpods. Because we can tell what we learn from lessons that we did in the class. And my last favorite activity was Kahoot it. Because it is more fun than nearpod, we can reach to see got the question right and who’s at the leader board.
  • My favorite lessons was learning which group was more reactive. Another is what element is radeoactive. and one activity is were we did a lab with baking soda  water and chloride.

2. What else would you like to learn?

  • I would like to learn more about the elements, because it is cool when I seen how the elements exploded and learn more, which exploded and which ones doesn’t.
  • I would like to learn more about the periodic table. Because i would like to try name all the ones that i know and learn more of all the other names of the periodic table. And because i have never studied about the periodic table before.
  • i would like to learn how to make light from potato.
  • I would like to learn more about how to make bigger circuits with different types of lights.
  • I would like to learn how to do more chemistry
  • More about the Periodic table.
  • about more electrons that stick to each others.
  • I would like to learn what elements is deadly to humans.
  • more paper circuitry
  • I would like to learn more about the periodic table. Because i would like to try name all the ones that i know and learn more of all the other names of the periodic table. And because i have never studied about the periodic table before.
  • I would like to learn about the atmosphere, if that is a Physical Science topic.

3. What was the most difficult part of this class?

  • The most difficult is were we what to do the circut prodjucts.
  • I would say the most difficult parts of this class was doing the ITSI labs. But some of the ITSI labs were kind of fun and easy. When it comes to doing experiments i would think i wouldn’t finish them, but i would. And i think doing the labs are important part of our grades because this is physical science were we do labs, but not just labs. So i try to finish  the labs so i can get a good grade on it.
  • Remembering atoms
  • The most difficult part was trying to keep up with notes and quizzes. Also, the ITSI labs because the process is too long and we have to do so much in such little time.
  • taking the quizzes
  • The most difficult is were we what to do the circut prodjucts.
  • The most difficult part of this class is remembering the periodic table. And which element goes to where.
  • Doing the quiz on the molecules.
  • the most difficult part of this class is certain projects and cercutry
  • The most difficult part of this class was catching up on quizzes and notes. Not necessarily hard doing them but I fell behind a lot and had to do a lot.

4. Name the 3 topics that were your favorite to learn about in this class.

  • circuitry ,projects,and the space game
  • covalent bonding, introduction to molecules, metallic bonding.
  • Paper Circuitry, Periodic Table, and The World of Science.
  • I liked it when I learned how to used paper circuitry because I liked it when lights light up and how it is made. I also liked it when I learned the periodic table because I liked it how some of the elements reacted to water and how they exploded. I like when I learned about an atom and how it looks.
  • Kahoot, Atoms, And doing a Lab
  • 1) Alkaline metals, 2) Alkaline earth metals, 3) The noble gas
  • I liked the Scientific Research and Technology, Introduction to Matter, and the Periodic Table Lessons.
  • paper circuitry, periodic tables, chemical bonding I guess
  • circuits and temperature connecter, the balloon electricity thing
  • One of my 3 topics that were my favorite to learn were learning about molecules, that they are the smallest particles of the covalent compounds. And my second topic tat were my favorite to learn was identifying all the properties of the periodic table. Like if they conduct electricity, or if they are weak or strong, how many valence electrons they have, what their symbols is. And my last favorite topic that was my favorite was learning about another scientists in the past who first discovered atoms.

How to Get Started with Kahoot


The Power of Electrons

Today we built a simple circuit on paper and used an LED to illuminate our success! Here’s a paper circuit from the Island of Nunivak Alaska. A big thank you to all of the partners who helped us with supplies and inspired us to make our notebooks light up!

We have been studying atomic theory and how different particles behave. I think the electron is our favorite.

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My Paper Circuit “Maker” Space

I decided to create a resource page for my students who are exploring paper circuitry. There have been a lot of great ideas shared on the web. I want to create a spot where students can find information about the project we are doing in class. A spot where they can look at the video tutorials on their own. I know a lot of students like to have extra supplements. I found that organizing this site also helped me organize my own ideas and resources for the project. Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 12.26.42 PM


Explorations in Paper Circuitry 2015 Action Plan

This activity is an exploration designed to give students a chance to build a paper circuit product. In order to build this card, students will need to learn basic concepts of electricity and how energy flows through a circuit. I will use this with my 9-12 grade physical science class prior to the formal lesson on electricity.

Next Generation Science Standard –  Develop and use a model of two objects interacting through electric or magnetic fields to illustrate the forces between objects and the changes in energy of the objects due to the interaction. HS-PS3-5Science and Engineering Practice: Develop a complex model that allows for manipulation and testing of a proposed process or system.
Crosscutting Concepts–    Changes of energy and matter in a system can be described in terms of energy and matter flows into, out of, and within that system. (HS-PS3-3)
Disciplinary Core Ideas·      
Performance Expectation-  Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy. HS-PS3-3


Start a KWL chart with students about electricity. Then challenge the students to complete the PHET Models on static electricity.  Have students add to their KWL chart and be prepared to share one item the learned doing the simulations and one question they have about electricity that they want to learn more about. Explain that electrical circuits provide a defined pathway for electrons to flow and power electrical devices.


  • Explore 1
    Hand each student a multimeter and have them discover which items are conductive and insulating.
  • Explanation 1
    As you share the results of using the multimeter to measure electrical flow, add the words insulating and conducting to your chart. Also introduce the word circuit.
  • Explore 2
    Handout the Paper Circuit starter kits. Do a short demonstration on how to use the copper tape. Then ask students to work as far into the booklet as they can
    Explanation 2
  • Review the design features that allow electrons to flow through the circuit and make the lights work. Highlight some of the trouble shooting you had to go through and why those scenarios stopped the flow of elections
  • Explore 3
    Compare a parallel and series circuit. Build a series circuit and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each design for lighting the LEDs.
  • Explanation 3
    Use the multimeter to demonstrate how current flows differently in a parallel and series circuit.


Students will build a short illustrated story card or a greeting card that incorporates a switch and LED lights. Advanced students can add special effects with micro controllers.


Students completed projects and a completed KWL chart will be used to grade this project. A pre and post test on electrical circuits will be used to measure science knowledge acquisition.

Chibitronics Starter Kit $29
Extra Copper Tape 6
White Extra LED Stickers 19
Color Extra LED Stickers 19
Sticker Effects 19
Circuit Sticker Sensors 29
alligator wires
multimeter ziplocs
small binder clips
assorted microcontrollers and special effects sticker