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Brittany Bowens

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K20 Center

Academic Credentials

Bachelor of Science in Biology Education
University of Central Oklahoma 2011

About Me

Brittany Bowens serves the K20 Educational and Community Center as a Science Online Learning Writer. Bowens and the fellow instructional design team work to develop high-quality science curriculum for K12 schools that can be used in a face-to-face, hybrid, or fully online platforms that support the mission of the K20 Center and its projects. Bowens also develops science lessons aligned to the Oklahoma Academic Standards that is accessible for implementation by any teacher. Her mission is to cultivate the love of learning and encourage creativity, compassion, and innovation.

Recent Publications

Ace in the Hole

Newton's First Law of Motion

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 8th

Students explore projectile motion using Newton's first law of motion. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Ace in the Hole

Newton's First Law of Motion

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 8th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • MS-PS2-2, 7.ESS3.3 , IOD, IOD202, IOD302, SIN401, EMI301, EMI402, EMI404
More 2-3 class period(s)
Time Frame 125 minutes
Only the Strong Survive

Natural Selection

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

In this lesson, students will learn about the four points of natural selection and how they drive the evolutionary patterns of a species. Students will determine how to answer evolutionary questions through interpreting graphs and making connections among natural selection concepts. Students also will... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson Online Hybrid
Only the Strong Survive

Natural Selection

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 10th

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • B.LS4.5 , B.LS4.5.1, B.LS4.5.2
More 2-3 class periods
Time Frame 130-150 minutes
Woman Crush Wednesday (Biology)

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 12th

This collection of lessons aims to shine a spotlight on the remarkable contributions of women in the field of science. It celebrates the countless women who have defied societal norms and overcome obstacles to pursue their passion for scientific discovery, serving as role models for future generations... Read more »

Tag Related

  • Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP)

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • HS-LS2-6, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5, 6.LS1.1 , 6.LS1.1.1, 6.LS1.1.2, 6.LS1.2 , 6.ESS2, 6.LS1.3 , 6.LS1.3.1, 8.LS4, 8.LS3.1.1, 8.LS3.1.2, 8.LS3.1.3, 8.LS3.1.4, 8.LS3.1.5, B.LS1.1, B.LS1.2, B.LS1.2.1, B.LS1.3 , B.LS1.4 , B.LS1.4.1, B.LS1.7, B.LS2.3 , B.LS2.6 , B.LS3.1 , B.LS3.2 , B.LS4.3 , B.LS4.4 , B.LS4.5 , B.LS4.5.1, B.LS4.5.2
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Balancing Act (Stoichiometry)

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th - 12th

This collection of lessons covers the fundamental principles and calculations involved in chemical reactions using stoichiometry. It helps students consider the relationship that exist between reactants and products through interactive demonstrations, videos, simulations, and hands-on mole to mole and... Read more »

Lesson Collection

Tag Related

  • Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP)

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Chemistry

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • CH.PS1.7 , CH.PS1.7.1
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Time Frame
Balancing Act, Part 3

Stoichiometry--Percent Yield

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th - 12th

In this lesson, students consider the concept of percent yield as a measure of the efficiency or effectiveness of a chemical reaction. It encourages students to think about how the theoretical yield (the amount of product calculated from stoichiometry) compares to the actual yield (the amount of product... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Balancing Act, Part 3

Stoichiometry--Percent Yield

Tag Related

  • Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP)

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Chemistry

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • CH.PS1.7 , CH.PS1.7.1
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Time Frame
Concept Speed Dating

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

This strategy is used to help students collect and share information from trusted sources while also building soft skills. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Explore/Learning Activity, Explain/Closing

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • More Than 30 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Active Engagement, Collaborate, Conversation Starter, Identify, Organize, Persuade, Physical Movement, Requires Multiple Meetings to Complete, Research, Review, Speak & Listen, Synthesize, Vocabulary, Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
Balancing Act, Part 2

Stoichiometry_Grams to Grams

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th - 12th

This is part 2 of a 3-part lesson. In this lesson, students will reflect on the purpose and significance of stoichiometry in understanding the quantitative aspects of a chemical reaction. This lesson encourages students to think about how stoichiometry calculations can provide insights into the relative... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Balancing Act, Part 2

Stoichiometry_Grams to Grams

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Chemistry

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • CH.PS1.7 , CH.PS1.7.1
More 2-3 days
Time Frame 115 min
Balancing Act, Part 1

Stoichiometry_ Mole to Mole Ratio

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th - 12th

This is part 1 of a 3 part lesson. In this lesson, students learn the role of the balanced chemical equation in establishing the stoichiometric relationship between different substances involved in a chemical reaction. This lesson encourages students to reflect on how the coefficients in the balanced... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Balancing Act, Part 1

Stoichiometry_ Mole to Mole Ratio

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 10th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Chemistry

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • CH.PS1.7 , CH.PS1.7.1
More 2-3 days
Time Frame 105
The Cold, Hard Truth

Flow of Heat Energy

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

In this lesson, students observe the movement of heat energy by measuring the rise in water temperature after placing hot metal washers in the water. Students also calculate the amount of heat energy transferred between the washers and water. Lastly, students cite specific evidence to refute or agree... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
The Cold, Hard Truth

Flow of Heat Energy

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • HS-PS3-2, HS-PS3-4, PS.PS2.5.1, PS.PS3.1.4, CH.PS1.8.1, PH.PS1, CH.PS3.4.1, PH.PS2.5.DCI.1
More 150 minutes
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)
Connecting Social Issues and Human Health Inequities (Storyline Unit)

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - Undergraduate

This collection is a series of five lessons about health disparities that exist among communities. In Lesson 1, students will learn about what occurs in the respiratory system before, during, and after an asthma attack. In Lesson 2, students will analyze Oklahoma City's air quality and pollutant levels... Read more »

Tag Calendar Placement

  • Any time of year

User Group Group Size

  • Whole Class

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - Undergraduate

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I, Environmental Science

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • HS-LS1-2, HS-LS1-3, HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-5, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-6, B.LS1.2, B.LS1.2.1, B.LS1.3 , B.LS1.3.1, B.LS2.2 , B.LS2.2.1, B.LS2.2.2, B.LS2.2.3, B.LS2.2.4, B.LS2.2.5, B.LS2.5 , B.LS2.5.1, B.LS2.5.2, B.LS2.6 , B.LS2.6.1, B.LS2.6.2, B.LS2.6.3
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