Hi everyone! My name is Kayla Herman and I am pursuing my degree in Early Childhood Education at Wright State University. I am excited to navigate and learn from this website to use the resources I find to successfully plan and teach science in the classroom. I am student teaching in a third grade classroom and I love it.
Tue, May 21, 2019 9:40 PM in Recycling ideas to implement in a 4th grade classroom
I am also pursuing my degree in education, and I was recently placed in a fifth grade classroom for a student teaching placement. The students in the fifth grade were working with recycling and they all created a recycling project which they presented to the class. The students could only use materials they had at home or that they found in the classroom (the teacher set aside some o...
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Tue, May 21, 2019 9:28 PM in Science Showcase
I am a student teacher and was recently placed at an elementary school and we had a family science night for the fourth and fifth grade. While these students were younger than middle school students, maybe you could use some of the things we did! Our family science night was centered around reflection and refraction of light. We had eight stations but one of the stations was a sn...
Tue, May 21, 2019 9:16 PM in Pet in the classroom
I have always seen classroom pets in early elementary classrooms, however, your post has made me consider pets in the classroom for older students, too. What a great idea! I think students in older grades need to learn responsibility even more than students in younger grades because with age comes responsibility. I love the idea of giving students jobs to interact with and help take...
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Popping the Kernel: Modeling the States of Matter
Wed, May 22, 2019 8:59 PM Popping States of Matter
This article was a very good article to read when considering ways to teach the states of matter in the classroom. I like the uniqueness of the popcorn element because this would motivate and interest my students! I always see investigations with ice, water, and water vapor for the states of matter so it was refreshing to see a different idea. I like that the author focused on the importance of scientific models and connected these ideas to 5-8 standards. Good read for anyone looking for ways to get students practicing effective models from an investigation with the states of matter.
Wed, May 22, 2019 8:52 PM Science Buddies
This article is a very valuable and honest resource for anyone looking into or considering a buddy program. The buddy programs I have seen have been associated with reading but I love the ideas associated with science buddies presented in this article. The article provides examples of activities the science buddies could participate in with connections to the real work with gardening and more! Also, the author gives a rough outline of the schedule used when she had this program. The article is honest with the time, preparation, and collaboration needed from teachers for a successful program, however, the work is well worth the outcome. This type of program would be beneficial to all students and specifically, the author mentions its assured success with fourth and fifth grade students because of their ability to actively participate in experiments, demonstrations, and follow-up activities. If you are looking for a resource when considering a program like science buddies, I would highly recommend this article.
Science Interactive Notebooks in the Classroom
Wed, May 22, 2019 8:40 PM Interactive Science Notebooks
I have been searching for more information and resources regarding interactive science notebooks in the classroom as I have not had experience with these but would like to implement them. This chapter excerpt from Jocelyn Young was the perfect resource for all of my questions! Not only does this chapter detail the positives of interactive science notebooks, but it also gives ideas to extend the notebooks through songs, drawings, etc. If you are looking for a resource to convince you to use interactive science notebooks, this is mandatory reading! As the author says, interactive science notebooks help students, “think as a scientists, record as a scientist, and reflect as a scientist” I can assure you, this article will have you thinking like and being an amazing science teacher!
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