Hi! My name is Pia Scotto and I am a Senior at the University of Delaware pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with a Middle School Concentration in Science!! I love the resources NSTA has provided me especially the ebooks and Daily Dos, which really engage and inspire student inquiry of our daily scientific phenomenon! Something that's very important to me is creating an encouraging and welcoming classroom for students of diverse backgrounds to be challenged and able to wrestle with different scientific concepts. I strive to create an environment where they can ask questions which can be explained with their models! For this reason, I especially love getting students involved in Citizen Science Projects to show them that we truly are all scientists and that their data matters!
EDUC 404: Final Project: Light!
This collection is composed of resources that contribute to the concept of light in your science classroom! This collection also includes topics of shadows, light as a wave and particle, Daily Dos, bending of light, Angles, and Modeling!
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Tue, Dec 15, 2020 8:05 AM in Making Musical Instruments
WOOOOW this is incredible!!! The whole video is so engaging and really an attention grabber. I found myself continuing to watch because I thought, 'Is this man really going to be able to do it?' Not only did he do it, but I can definatley envision students incredibly shocked specifically at the sound provided by the end of this video! Such an incredible opportuntiy to show sound waves and...
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Tue, Dec 15, 2020 7:33 AM in Distanced Learning and Student Motivation
i noticed no one has posted on this discussion yet, and so, I would love to be the first one to try! It is so exciting that you are beginning your student teaching in January! Good luck! You got this!! I just completed my first semester of virtual zoom-student teaching this past semester (starting in Spetember up until Thanksgiving break) in a sixth grade middle school classroom...
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Tue, Dec 15, 2020 8:50 AM Create a Rainbow
This source gave a great hands-on approach for students to investigate how white light is composed of the entire visible light spectrum by creating their very own spectroscope! This resource gives great directions for how to lead student discussions and how student's can create their own spectroscope with a slit-end cap of the spectroscope, tube, and lens-cap (LEC). Having students be able to observe the white in a straight line yet the red and blue/violet bending is an incredible visual for diffraction and can propose the questioning in students as to why there may have been more bending in certain colors over others, all while reinforcing that they all add up to create white light. This source is also beneficial as it incorporates math into the mix by having the students measure between dashed lines to see which color bent the most. With this information students can apply/transfer their learning over to real life encounters they have with this such as raindrops or natural rainbows they may see say, near a waterfall! This resource is a great hands-on approach!
Tue, Dec 15, 2020 7:08 AM Light up your life
I loved this ebook! I originally picked it because I thought the topic was interesting and wanted to see how they broke down such an open topic that had so many subcategories - which they did incredibly! This ebook hit all the main highlights of light, including what it is, it's properties (it explained the debates of earlier times of if light was a particle or wave], and even passed through surface level descriptions of the typical way of learning the light spectrum/visible light by explaining concepts such as absorption and emission spectra and how natural rainbows are created (one of my favorite parts of the ebook). I think the most intriguing thing about the ebook is that there are so many opportunities to actually interact/engage in the concepts with little pop up simulations; such as that of measuring the angles of incidence and reflection. It truly helps students test their knowledge as a more visual form of quiz/informal assessment. The language of each slide is worded almost as a narrative, making the ebook pleasurable to go through, especially in the sense of relating it back to students' lives (such as when explaining why we see a blue sky or a red sunset). I believe even the 1-2 question reviews on these slides help as whoever goes through that part addressing some misconceptions as the 'Why is the sky blue' review question had lots of misconceptions for answers (including because it could have reflected from the oceans, etc.) Building off of that idea, a great deal of misconceptions are also placed in the 'Pedagogical Implications' sections of the teacher ebook which I found so beneficial since it actually lists research-based misconceptions students have within each category of light (according to the grade level you teach). There is also a strand map presented under the grade level selected in which is to help educators focus on three big things to instruct and visually show where connections can be made. In the grade 6-8 portion, which is the one I had selected, the three main concepts were: Wave Behavior and Electromagnetic Waves, Vision, and Models of Light - Wave models. Knowing this information can help educators prep their lessons or even pre-assessments to see what their students already know/any misconceptions they may have to engage in their learning. Overall, this was an incredible ebook that did a nice job explaining such a large topic. With simulations, review questions, and understandable wording - this ebook is sure to light up your light!
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