Love Post-it Notes!

Just finished printing a few extra Biology Post-it Notes for my class.  Always a fun way to write a note to students. :)

I used Sticky Note Printing Template  and added clip-art from Word.  Of course my name is always done in Chiller font.


I also printed on Post-It notes for my daughter’s math book.  You can find the blog post here.

Have you printed on Post-it Notes yet?

Module 1 – Physical Science

At the end of July and the first two weeks of August, the family went to Wisconsin for a vacation.  During that time, I missed the Kick Off Party at the co-op.  First time in nine years!   Then on the way home, I got sick and had to miss THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS!  Ug…first time in nine years.

The photos you see here today are not mine.  Thanks to  Jen Mauser at A Knitterary Life for stepping in on the first day of class and for taking pictures.

Experiment 1.1   Atoms and Molecules

The kids like this experiment because there are bubbles and change of color.  :)

They used black electrical tape to attach the exposed copper wires to the battery.


Both terminals needed their own wires.


I have no photos of the actual experiment in progress, but here is a lovely sketch of what happened.  The sketch is not required, but some of the students love to do the sketches anyway.

You can see in the sketch how the wires were attached to the battery, change of color on one of the wire ends in the water, change of color in the water, and the bubbles.  I call this an awesome sketch!  To top off all this awesomeness, there are LABELS!


The students learned the electrical current through the water caused some of water molecules to break down into oxygen and hydrogen.  These two are gasses causing the bubbles.

The copper wire on the positive terminal interacted with the water molecules and baking soda molecules causing the copper wire to turn a blueish color.  The blueish/greenish color you see is called Hydroxycarbonate.

Hope you enjoyed this experiment as much as my students did.  Wish I had been there!

Physical Science and Biology for 2015-2016 School Year.

I have been busy working on homeschooly stuff in my home and outside my home.  Time flies when you are busy and now I am going on vacation before school actually begins!

This year I will be facilitating Physical Science at my own co-op and Biology at another co-op.  I know, crazy.

You can find my 2015  Physical Science (Apologia) schedule here.

You can find my 2015 Biology Science (Apologia) schedule here.

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Appliejuice Etsy Shop   I am really hoping to add more things soon!  Thank you to all who have purchased from me.  I so appreciate it!  Please share my shop and also let me know if you have any questions.

Stay tuned for exciting activities in 2015-2016 school year. :)

Florida Sunrise

My daughter needed a few thousand sunrise photos for her photography class, so this morning at 5:45am we headed out.


We got there shortly before the sun peaked over the horizon.


It didn’t take too long before it got really interesting.



After awhile, we head back home, but made a few stops for more photos along the way.



It was a gorgeous morning.  Would love to do this more often.

Things to see.

A field trip to GTM Research Reserves, Guana Tolomato Matanzas national Estuarine Research Reserve, Guana River State Park, or GTM, …whatever…. 8-O  is always an educational one, even if you are there just for a visit and not a class trip.

The co-op’s students, parents, and I went hiking down the yellow trail on this GTM Reserach Reserve Trail Map.  One mile in and one mile out. Easy-peasy.

Before we even got on the trail the students found their first specimen to record.

A Squirrel Treefrog.   Can you see where it was found?  Thankfully everyone brought bottled water, because no one wanted to drink out of this faucet.


Along the trail to the river we found:

White-topped Sedge, a Florida native plant.  Thanks to my MIL for identifying them for me!

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Alligators sunning along the water’s edge.  I don’t blame them.  It was a beautiful day!


Other things found along the trail, but no photos taken:  birds nests, spiders, snakes, bugs, bugs, and bugs.   Thistles and lots of different trees.

Once at the river, we found:

Raccoon Tracks

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Cannonball Jellyfish.  Gives a slight sting and is edible, but you have to prepare it properly.  Lunch anyone?

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Lots of dead trees.  These are near the water’s edge and have long since died.  I really do like the looks of old tangled tree roots.  To me, it is art.  :D

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This time around we found only one Horseshoe Crab  and this one was the largest I have seen.  The tail measure roughly 11 inches and the body was 14 inches.  It’s dead. Just so you know.

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Muck.  I have no idea what this aquatic grass is called.

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Back to the trail head, my daughter took this shot of a caterpillar.  I have no idea what it will turn into, moth or butterfly.

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So there is just a sample of what we saw.  What have you seen lately?

Guana River State Park Field Trip

Once again I forced my Biology student on a field trip to Guana River State Park,  but is really called Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve.  It was a perfect day to take the mile long hike to the river.  High was 78 degrees, sunny, breezy, and oh so georgous.


Here we are heading out on our one mile hike to the river.  Mixed in this group are the Biology students, Photography Students, Siblings, and The Awesome Parents.  Love having the parents come along.    This photo was taken by Jen Mauser of A Knittery Life.

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The youngest of the group lead the way.  But there were many stops before we arrived at the river.  So much to see.

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And photos to take.

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At the river, everyone heads to the rocks to take in the view.  The place is just beautiful.

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Photography students were to take photos of anything they wanted to.  My daughter, who is in the photography class and my Biology class, thought taking photos was optional. :/

The Biology students were to fill out a worksheet I had made for them.  They were to find, identify, and sketch three different trees, water plants, birds, amphibians, and record if they found anything  hadn’t listed on the worksheet.

The students took off….

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Beach to the left.  And sunshine all around.

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Jen Mauser and I took off after some lunch and came across raccoon tracks.  That is Jen’s shadow below.  Looks just like her!

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Once we returned to the starting point, my daughter realized photography wasn’t optional, so she took a few photos of a different kind of wild life. :D

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I didn’t know she was also taking pictures of me.   We are also doing an insect board and most of the students brought something to collect insects in.  Here I am with a student trying to catch a flying creature.

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It was a great day all around.  The two classes worked well together and everyone enjoyed themselves.  This is one of my favorite places to be. :)

Come back tomorrow to find out what we did find.

The Inside of a Frog

The last animal dissection of the year!  WOOT!

Nice picture, huh?

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Handing out the specimens is always fun.  It’s like handing out cupcakes!  The students love it. LOL

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Yep, the students line up with their trays and receive this totally cool gift.  Yes, the specimens do have a smell, but not as bad as when I was in school.

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For this experiment, I made a worksheet for them to fill out.  It had fill in the blanks and very little sketching.  I wanted them to really work hard on the dissection instead of spending most of their class time sketching.

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I used the following websites to put my worksheet together.

I picked some things from each link and added some things of my own to make a good worksheet.  You can do the same or just use their worksheets. :)

As always we begin our experiment by looking at the exterior of the specimen.  We found all to be females and thankfully none had eggs.  I don’t like dealing with the eggs.  blah….

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Then we move to the inside.  Love, love, love the double injected specimens.  Arterial system is injected with red latex and the hepatic system is injected with blue latex .  Thumbs up all around!

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I think all of the students were glad when this was over.  It got busy real fast and I didn’t get as many photos as I wanted.  You can see previous post with some great photos.

Frog Guts – 2011

Here are some extra helpful links for frog dissection.

Youtube also has lots of videos that are useful.