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Teaching aids that are useful for teaching science include microscopes, pipe cleaners and food coloring. Use teaching aids to keep students interested in science with help from a science teacher in this free video on science classes and education.

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If you ever seen Ferris Bueller Day Off you can think of that seen immediately where all the student's are sitting in class and the teacher is droning on, anyone, anyone, Bueller, Bueller. You've probably sat in a classroom like that yourself. So what's the trick to making teaching really fun and engaging. It's using stuff. See there's a lot of students out there that really only grasp the concept if they get to actually do something. And that's where teaching aids come in. I teach science and I use a lot of teaching aids in my classroom. It can help take difficult concepts like how sugar molecules are broken down, and turn them into something that's really easy to understand. One of the biggest issues that people can face when it comes to teaching aids is where do I find them. Sometimes they can be expensive. A good microscope is going to cost you a couple of hundred dollars. However, you can find toy microscopes or this is something called a micro viewer, pretty cheap even in a toy store. There's also a lot of stuff that you can get at the craft store. Things that I use in my classroom are pipe cleaners, to show chromosomes during the process of cellular, cell replication. I use fabric and pieces of paper chips to help students simulate activities on camouflage. And how adaptations occur in animals. You can even use simple food coloring and coffee filters to show how pollutants move throughout ecosystems. Really just as far as your imagination will take you. So infuse your teaching with a little bit of inspiration. Give your students something to actually do and they'll remember and understand. I'm Janice Creneti and this is how to use teaching aids.

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