Secondary Science Ginormous Blog-Hop Give-Away!

It’s back-to-school time fellow science lovers!

For the past few years now, a small but very special group of Secondary Science Sellers on TpT have combined forces to do something special for our followers. This year, we’ve put together a Ginormous Blog-Hop Give-Away!

Here’s what you can win:

  • Collectively, we’re giving away FIVE $100 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Cards! Enter below.
  • I’m giving away 3 prizes . . . plus a FREE set of Metric System Review Qubes to everyone who signs up for my newsletter.
  • And, other sellers in the group are giving away their own prizes!

What do you need to do?

First, visit each blog by clicking on the individual store images in the photo at the bottom of this post. While you’re visiting each site, you need to do 2 things:

  1. Sign-up for the individual giveaway from each teacher
  2. Collect the “secret word”. There are 21 words that you will collect and put together to form the SECRET SENTENCE.

Got the secret sentence? Now, it’s time to enter it in the BIG Rafflecopter Give-Away on any participating website. This is where you have a chance to win one of five $100 TpT gift cards!

By the way, my secret code word is “he’s” and it’s word #12 in the sentence.

Prizes from Science Island

I’m giving away THREE $25 gift certificates to Science Island.

How would you spend your gift certificate? You might like some of these featured resources. And, don’t forget to click on the FREE Metric System Review Qubes – perfect for back-to-school review of the Metric System in just about any secondary science class!

biology textbook

Biology Digital Textbook

task cards for biology

Biology Task Cards

review qubes for biology

Review Qubes for Biology

Review Qubes for Life Science

Life Science Review Qubes

A & P PowerPoint Bundle

metric system review qubes

FREE Metric System Review Qubes

Science Skills Bundle

& more!











There are 3 ways to ENTER. You can LIKE my Facebook Page, Comment on this Blog Post, and/or follow my Science Island Store. You can do one or you can do all three, it’s up to you! Details are in the Rafflecopter form below:

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Got your secret sentence ready to go? Enter it here for the BIG Give-Away!

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I’d love to get to know you better. Leave a comment below and let me know what you teach and how long you’ve been teaching. Also, is there any particular topic that you find REALLY challenging to get across to your students?

I truly hope you have an amazing school year!


Carla Brooks is the owner and curriculum designer of Science Island Curriculum which specializes in creating engaging and effective curriculum for Biology and Anatomy & Physiology








“Giveaway ends August 11th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. Winners will be selected at random and be notified by email. Winners have 48 hours to confirm their email addresses and respond before a new winner is selected. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation.  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram are in no way associated with this giveaway.  By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone.  I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.”

About Carla Brooks

A highly qualified public high school science teacher for 18 years, Carla's credentials include a B.S. in Secondary Education: Biology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Chaminade University and National Board Certification in Adolescent and Young Adulthood Science. After personal circumstances required her early retirement from teaching, Carla has enjoyed sharing her lessons and experience on this website and in her Science Island Store on Teachers Pay Teachers.

57 comments on “Secondary Science Ginormous Blog-Hop Give-Away!

  1. I taught middle school science for 5 years, but have been teaching adult education for the past 25 years. The GED prep part includes an overview of all branches of science. My biggest challenge is to find or create materials that are hands-on and colorful, but not childish. I use interactive note booking, but not exclusively.

    • I bet it is challenging to find the right resources for your adult students, Donna. There are several high school sellers who create diagrams and coloring pages that are not childish. I have a few diagram resources especially for human body, cellular respiration and photosynthesis, and I know Utah Roots and Science with Mrs. Lau also have some things that would work well for you. Thanks for entering the contest!

  2. I teach 8th grade science and this will be my first year teaching this subject. In the past I have found teaching cell parts the most difficult.

  3. I have been teaching 7th grade science for 3 years. I find that teaching cell division is the most challenging topic to get across to my students.

    • Hi Rachel – Thanks for entering the giveaway. Anything the kids can’t “see” for themselves is tough at that age, but I’m sure you’ll find some great cell division resources for middle school. Have a wonderful year!

  4. I’m beginning my 15th year of teaching and I’ve taught 7th grade science for 13 of those years. This year I’ll be teaching both 7th AND 8th grade science, which is starting to freak me out a bit. Learning a new curriculum is probably going to be my biggest challenge this year!

    • I know what you mean! Been there. But, at least you have several years of experience and you won’t be as stressed as a new teacher in that situation. And, I’m sure you’ll find lots of resources among this group of science teachers that can really make your life easier. I wish you the best in your new endeavor. Aloha!

  5. This is my second year teaching 6th grade science. I teach several earth science and life science topics. I also do small units on space, chemistry, and science process. My least favorite topic would have to be the rock cycle.

    • That sounds like a good variety. That’s one of the great things about integrated middle school science – you get a little bit of everything. I know Nitty Gritty Science has an interactive notebook activity for the rock cycle because my son did that one this year. Have a great school year!

  6. My name is Megan Johnson and I teach 7th grade science. This will be my 19th year of teaching!! I think teaching about thermal energy is the topic that I struggle with the most.

    • Hi Megan. 19 years – woo hoo! You can almost see retirement, right? There are a few sellers in this group who sell resources for thermal energy, so be sure to look around in their stores. Thanks so much for entering the giveaway and have another wonderful year. 🙂

  7. I teach high school chemistry. My students just don’t get conversions, especially the metric system. It’s crazy ow they can’t move decimals around!

    • Ha ha! So true. Be sure to get your FREE Metric System Review Qubes (click on the orange box at the top of this post). It might help a little, especially with the bonus conversions sheet which I’ll send to you later. 🙂

  8. I struggle with teaching biology to my middle schoolers. I do not have much background in this area of Science. any suggestions for high-end students? Thaks!

  9. I have been teaching high school chemistry for the past 8 years. Acid Base chemistry can be a particularly challenging topic to teach students.

  10. I currently teach 7th grade science (integrated). This is my 15th year at the middle school level and have also taught high school biology, chemistry, and physics.

  11. I will be stepping up to teach 8th grade science this year from 6th grade. I have been teaching for 15 years. Astronomy concepts have been hard for me to teach because they are so abstract to understand. Astronomy is also the topic I do not feel as comfortable teaching,so it is two fold.

  12. I will be stepping up to teach 8th grade science this year from 6th grade. I have been teaching for 15 years. Astronomy concepts have been hard for me to teach because they are so abstract to understand.

    • I know what you mean. I taught astronomy a couple of times and the size and scope of the universe is REALLY difficult to get across to students. I spent two weeks one summer on the Big Island studying astronomy with the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy. It was AMAZING! Have a great school year, Nicole!

  13. I have been teaching 15 years, and I teach 6th and 7th grade science. My most challenging topic is electricity and magnetism.

    • If you’re using interactive notebooks, you should take a look at Nitty Gritty Science. She has a unit on electricity and magnetism that students really enjoy. Have a great year!

  14. I have been teaching 6th grade general science for 14 years. The hardest thing for me to get my 6th graders to truly understand is the concept of density.

  15. Hi! Thank you for this giveaway! I currently teach 6th and 7th grade science in Orange, Virginia. The concept I struggle with teaching the most is cellular processes such as cell transport, photosynthesis, and respiration. It seems to be the most difficult topic for my students to grasp every year.

    • Hey Kristen – I’m glad you entered the giveaway. There are several sellers who have some great resources that can help you with those topics. Maybe you’ll win one! 🙂 Good luck!

  16. Thank you for all of your hard work and wonderful resources. I just got a 7th grade science teacher position and can’t wait to start the school year!

  17. Hi! Thanks for being part of this giveaway. I teach 7-12 science in a small rural district. I teach Life Science, Earth Science, Biology, Astronomy. I have been teaching for 10 years but I still have difficulty helping students to understand Protein Synthesis.

    • Oh my, Taajnia! That list of classes is enough to make me start sweating! I’m sure you are spread pretty thin at times with a schedule like that. You’re the second one to mention protein synthesis and I’m not surprised. That can be tough for students to grasp. Here’s a link to my DNA and Protein Synthesis Review Qubes:

      Your students might have a little fun with the Qubes – they’re pretty good at taking the “serious” out of some tough topics. I also have a PowerPoint and a task card set that might work for you. Thanks for entering the contest and have a wonderful school year!

  18. I teach 8th grade physical science and a section of regents living environment. This will be y 7th year of teaching! wow! And my students really struggle with protein synthesis.

    • Hi Shannon – If you ever have to teach Biology again, I’m your girl! I taught physical science for many years, but never Chemistry or Physics. I hope you have a great year!

  19. I teach Biology, Chemistry, and Anatomy. This will be my third year teaching. Anatomy will be new for me this year so I could really use resources for that!

  20. This is my 9th year teaching, but only my 2nd in middle school science. I am struggling with Earth science, and DNA replication.

    • Middle school is a whole different animal, isn’t it? Nitty Gritty Science has some great interactive notebook activities for Earth Science. I used them with my son in our homeschool this year and he really enjoyed them. I’ve got some DNA replication stuff, but it’s mostly high school, so maybe try Nitty Gritty for that, too. I hope you find something that works for you!

    • Hi Hillary – Thanks so much for the comment! I think Mrs. Lau and maybe Tangstar Science have some resources for specifically for cell communication. Be sure to look in their stores. Have a great year!

  21. Hi! I also teach science on an island! The topic that my students struggle with is dimensional analysis in physical science – so I’d love some tricks for that, if you’ve found any that work!

    • Hi Holly. What island are you on? Island life is the best! I’m afraid I don’t have anything for dimensional analysis, but I bet another seller in this giveaway does though. 🙂

  22. I teach chemistry and physics. The topic that I feel my students struggle with most would be polarity/stoichiometry. In physics, I feel like anything with 2-D starts to be pretty confusing for the students to grasp. Thanks for putting together the giveaway.

  23. I teach high school chemistry, biology, and anatomy and physiology. The topic that I and my students always seem to struggle with is quantum numbers. It’s been a few years since I’ve taught biology, so I can’t think of any bio topics that I struggle with off the top of my head. I’m sure there will be a few though!

  24. Yay! First response! I have been teaching either middle or high school science for 7 years now. To be honest, there is no one topic I can think of that I have struggled with getting across. At least nothing that has really stuck out, anyway.

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