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Science Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites

  • Title:Science Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain
  • Author:Marcia Tate, Warren Phillips
  • Publication Date:October 2010
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781412978477
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

Best-selling author and renowned educator Marcia L. Tate brings her trademark practicality to teachers seeking the latest brain-compatible tools for engaging students and bringing science to life in the classroom. Co-authored with award-winning science teacher Warren G. Phillips, this must-have resource includes 20 proven brain-compatible strategies and 250 activities for applying them. Teachers will find concrete ways to integrate national science content standards into their curriculum with visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile experiences that maximize retention, including:

  • Music, rhythm, rhyme and rap
  • Storytelling and humor
  • Graphic organizers, semantic maps, and word webs
  • Manipulatives, experiments, labs, and models
  • Internet and Excel projects

The book covers a full range of K–12 science subjects, including physical, life, earth and space science, and provides brain-compatible sample lesson plans. Each chapter offers real-life examples; a what, why, and how for each strategy; activities; and note pages for brainstorming how to implement these exciting new ideas.

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Author Bio

Marcia Tate is the former executive director of professional development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia. During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development executive director.


Tate is currently an educational consultant and has taught more than 350,000 administrators, teachers, parents, and business and community leaders throughout the world. She is the author of: Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites; “Sit & Get” Won’t Grow Dendrites; Reading and Language Arts Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites; Shouting Won’t Grow Dendrites and Mathematics Worksheets Don’t Grow Dendrites co-written with Warren Phillips, one of the best science teachers in the country.

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