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Thu, Nov 17, 2016 10:33 PM in Kindergarten Physical Science
I think this can be a pretty difficult topic to cover with a younger age group but I think it is possible if you try to connect the topic to their everyday life. I would use something like water to explain the states of matter. You can create ice and show how the shape of ice (as long as it remains cool) keeps its shape. Then you can have water and show that liquid changes its shape by pou...
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Sun, Oct 30, 2016 9:25 PM in Science Misconceptions
I think there are many activities that you can do to combat science misconceptions. If you are looking for misconceptions about topic and what they believe to be true then you can have student write down what they know or believe to be true then after the activity you can have students write what they learned and compared it to what they previously knew or believed.
If you are looki...
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 11:35 PM in Computers in the Classroom
I am a pre-service teacher, my placement is in the first grade, and I find that my mentor teacher uses the computer a lot in our science lessons. The computers are often used to show videos and pictures that the county provided or recommended be shown. The videos are not just for lessons but also used as extensions so that students who have grasped the material can learn more an...
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Thu, Nov 17, 2016 10:16 PM Thematic lesson on bees
This was a wonderful article. The article is a great example of how to create a lesson that spans across a whole year. The author was informative about what was done each month. Also at the end of the article the author explained the type of assessment that was used. In addition, the lesson had many art and literacy components driven by the students' interest.
Bee-Wild About Pollinators!
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 10:07 PM Great integrated lesson about bees
This is a great article! It shows a thorough and informative 5 day lesson about bees. The lessons integrated the arts and literacy into the scientific topic. There was a simulation, music, reading, and writing, observations, and predictions throughout the lessons. This is a great article to help out any teacher looking to do a lesson on bees or pollinators in general.
Methods and Strategies: Using Acorns to Generate an Entire Alphabet
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 3:49 PM Using Science to help ELL students
I really liked this article and found it to be really important because of all the English Language Learners I have in my classroom. I thought the idea of a nature walk to help students learn English and teach science was a great idea. Students can connect their what they know to what they are being taught, they can say we call this flower one thing in Spanish and this is the English word. The article gave many great idea such as creating a language chart putting all the words they learned under a letter in the alphabet. In addition, students can be in pair so that they can practice their english and the new vocabulary with a friend. I thought the article was simple and not overly complicated to understand and gave great ideas I definitely want to use in the classroom!
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