July 2008
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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.7 July 2008

Cover Story by Sue Gruber
It’s Summer…Time to Shift Gears and Re-energize!
A lighthearted perspective on what summer break can and should be.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Eight Year Summary of Articles

»To Tell the TruthLeah Davies
»Discipline Without Stress, Inc.Marvin Marshall
»Teaching through Summer TV ViewingCheryl Sigmon
»A New Unified Field TheoryTodd R. Nelson
»The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac
»Get the Most Out of Being MentoredHal Portner
»Dear Barbara - Advice for SubsBarbara Pressman
»Keyboarding: Some Assembly RequiredRob Reilly

»Who’s Cheating Whom?
»Dealing with Dishonesty
»How To Prevent Cheating in Middle and High School
»When Is Student Failure The Teacher’s Fault
»Frogs Predict Massive Chinese Quake of 2008
»July 2008 Writing Prompts
»What Are We Doing? And Why Are We Doing It?
»"Boys Read" Effort Aims to Turn Boys Into Readers
»A Teaching Guide for Summer Song
»12 Test Taking Strategies that Boost Student Scores!
»Gardner-Style Lesson Plan: Molecular Basis of Heredity
»Federal Government Resources for Educators
»You Be the Chemist Activity Guides

»Cheaters! Teachers talk about their experiences
»Printable Worksheets & Teaching Aids
»Candles of Inspiration: July 2008
»Lessons, Resources and Theme Activities: July 2008
»Video Bytes: The "Impotence" of Proofreading and More
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration for July 2008
»Live on Teachers.Net: July 2008
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers
»Using Test "Cheat Sheets" To Enhance Student Learning
»"Those Who Can, Do; Those Who Can't, Teach"
»Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Chemical Educational Foundation’s You Be the Chemist Activity Guides

A resource designed to teach K-8 students about chemistry.
Regular Feature in the Gazette
July 1, 2008
We found the You Be the Chemist Activity guides ("guides" doesn't do justice to this resource… more than manuals, they contain an interesting assortment of materials) interesting enough to share the following information with our community of teachers and school administrators. The activities require little more than supplies found in your kitchen cabinet. The K-4 packet costs $12.00; the grade 5-8 packet $15.00. Ordered together the total is just $20.00, and there's no charge for shipping.

The You Be The Chemist (YBTC) Activity Guides: Lesson Plans for Making Chemistry Fun are the Chemical Educational Foundation’s (CEF) flagship program. The guides illustrate the Foundation’s mission to promote the science of chemistry, the benefits of chemicals, and the importance of chemical safety awareness.

Updated and revised in 2007, the current Activity Guides are divided into two booklets, one for grades K-4, and the other for grades 5-8.

The YBTC Activity Guides contain hands-on, student-centered activities that support the Benchmarks for Science Literacy and the National Science Education Standards, the guidelines for grade-appropriate material. Standardization concepts are the basis for statewide assessment exams.

Each Activity Guide includes:

  • Approximately 30 hands-on, student-centered lesson plans
  • Activity sheets for each lesson that can be used as lab worksheets or homework assignments
  • A Resource Guide including safety tips, important chemists, and tips for teaching chemistry
  • A Periodic Table of the Elements
  • Fun Fact stickers

Additionally, each K-4 Activity Guide booklet includes an animated DVD to help introduce lessons and concepts, while each 5-8 Activity Guide booklet includes review game materials.

Students and teachers enjoy this fun and educational tool that makes chemistry come alive with real-world references.

To place your order, complete the order form and return it to CEF:

  • By mail: 1560 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1250, Arlington, VA 22209
  • Fax: 703/527-7747

For further information, contact the Chemical Educational Foundation at 703/527-6223, by email at or visit

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