I am an Early Childhood Education Major. I hope to graduate by 2016 and be teaching 1st or 2nd grade. I may further my education later on. I have a wonderful family. I enjoy spending time with two sisters. One is my identical twin! I also have a three old daughter who keeps me very busy. I love going to the beach and I am a very positive person.
Human Impacts on Ecosystems
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Sat, Apr 25, 2015 1:15 PM in Outdoor Activities
One great outdoor activity I did with students was a relay race. The students were given a brief introduction about the difference between voluntary and involuntary muscles. They were also taught that our body systems work as a team to help us function. Then, the students were instructed on the rules of the relay race. During the relay race they were able to practice using their involuntary and vo...
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Sat, Apr 25, 2015 1:05 PM in Weather and Elementary
Once I did a lesson on the different forms of precipitation. I brought in different items to represent rain, hail and snow flakes. I used pearls, a spray bottle and did a cutting exercise to show the uniqueness of snow flakes. The students were able to see all the different forms. Understanding there are different forms of precipitation maybe helpful in understanding the different seasons. Student...
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Interdependence of life: sustainability of Organisms Collection
Sat, Apr 25, 2015 12:38 PM Connections Between Organisms and their Environment
I found the collection to be helpful and most of all organized. I liked that it included only Sci-Paks. They are a great way to review information and test your self for obtained knowledge. The collection was also in a perfect order which had a great conceptual flow. The first Sci-Pak discussed information about resources that are available to organisms. The next Sci-Pak discussed interactions amongst living organisms and interactions amongst organisms and their environment. The Sci-Pak after explains how these relationships can be either positive or negative. After that the next Sci-Pak discusses how human specifically impact the environment. The last Sci-Pak explains how because of technology the human race has expanded; making resources less available to us. This was my favorite Sci-Pak because it is relevant to what is happening today. Technology has changed the world and this Sci-Pak gives a great explanation about how it has. All in all the collection was insightful and organized.
Developing the Essential Features of Inquiry
Tue, Feb 10, 2015 9:06 PM Developing Features of Inquiry Made Easier
I found the complete details of lesson plans so helpful. This is a lengthy classroom activity, but if done correctly, it can be very beneficial to your students. The article begins by explaining how versatile the lesson can be. If you do not live near a beach; it will not be a problem implementing this wonderful experiment. I also liked how the article gives an example of an experiment that serves the community. The article also explains how to practice with the students beforehand. It also clearly explains how to complete each step of inquiry. It was also nice that the worksheet and quiz examples were given. The figures were also helpful in providing the types of questions to ask your students. The value of group work was present in the article. The article also offers the idea to ask for parent volunteers and gives advice on the procedures for taking students on a field assignment. The author also provides more than one option for some of the activities. This article will be extremely insightful for teachers who have never completed a science experiment with a class.
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