I am an Elementary School Teacher, interested in finding ways to incorporate science into the classroom so that it is productive and valuable.
Tue, Nov 30, 2021 1:10 PM in Science integration
I have found different NSTA resources to be very helpful in incorporating a multitude of subjects into one lesson. I particularly enjoyed the attached article, because it offered ways to incorporate gardens both indoors and outdoors, along with combining math with science through measurement and data of plants. Students also learn to cooperate and work with others, which could...
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Mon, Oct 11, 2021 10:39 PM in Teach STEM Outside!
Taking students outside is so very important! I believe that the 5E Instructional Model can help to offer a guideline for a quality outdoor lesson. The Explore portion is good for taking the students outside, using Interactive Science Notebooks to guide their thinking and modeling, and letting them use all of their senses. In using the outdoors for explore, students can observe and model and sket...
Sat, Sep 04, 2021 5:52 PM in Field Trips
Our local park district offers many resources on its pages that are possible to use within the classroom, along with the option of contacting them for a custom program. I believe that NASA also offers a virtual field trip, along with local museums might!
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Tue, Nov 30, 2021 12:46 PM Integrating indoors and outdoors
This article shows some of the difficulties for beginning a school garden, while offering resources and ideas fro working through those difficulties. I especially liked asking parents for seed volunteers, along with beginning the seeds indoors during the winter before spring arrived. Students had a variety of seeds, including herbs, flowers, and vegetables. The gardening resources would be helpful to any teacher beginning an outdoor garden. The teacher also touched on the expectations for the students, along with collaborating with cafeteria workers since the garden would be near one of their entrances. Finally, the teachers lists how she merged the garden with deeper learning, inspiring all teachers to do the same with their own classes.
Force and Motion: Elementary Collection
Mon, Nov 29, 2021 1:15 PM Energy Collection
This collection is a great collection for teachers teaching force and motion. I especially liked the formative assessment probe resource, because of the pre-assessment probes available to use within your own classroom. These resources are geared toward meeting the needs of a variety of learners, and it is perfect for elementary-level teachers. The Daily Do lesson is a great resource to add to your lesson plans. I would definitely recommend looking through and using these resources.
Mon, Nov 08, 2021 2:44 PM Quality 5E Lesson Plan
This is a great resource, offering ideas to teachers that follow the 5E lesson plan format. It connects to a read aloud, brings in content-specific vocabulary, and it allows students time to explore sound and vibration. The first part is for K-2, while the last is for 3-5, so it benefits all elementary teachers. It would be easy to differentiate for your specific classroom needs, and the materials needed are few and easy to obtain. Definitely worth a read.
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