Starting SOL Science Review Now

It’s never too early to think about SOL review! Learn how to use collections to create self-paced review activities for your classroom.

I teach high school biology and have for over twenty years. For those who don’t know, the Biology SOL is a high-stakes test for our students. The federal government uses it as a benchmark for the success of our students and it is a requirement for graduation. When I first started teaching, I had one computer in my classroom, for my use–when it worked. Now, our students carry Chromebooks, cell phones, and a myriad of other personal devices. 

Technology is here to stay and with the help of resources like eMediaVA, I am using it to my advantage! Our SOL is in mid-January but I am starting to review with my class now. One topic they struggle with is RNA and protein synthesis. I’ve curated a collection of interactive review activities I’m using with my students to revisit and reteach this difficult-to-grasp content. If you’d like to see the collection, please click RNA SOL Review.  I have also created a collection of resources to review and reteach Biomolecules; also known as macromolecules. That collection can be viewed here: Macromolecule SOL Review. Both collections include realistic and engaging activities, including interactives and short videos. 

It’s never too early to start the review process. I hope that my resources are as useful to others as they are to me and my students. For more information on building your own collection, check out this tutorial

Carolyn LaRoche is a science teacher in Chesapeake City Public Schools and an eMediaVA Ambassador.

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