Mon, Dec 06, 2021 7:09 PM in Upcoming Teachers
Have you checked out any Crash Course Kids videos? They are very engaging and informative so I keep a folder of the videos I find relevant for my students. My bus riders (who are in the room for an extra 10 minutes each day) even request that I put one on for them. There are videos on Earth science, life science, physical science, and more. Here's the link: https://...
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Mon, Dec 06, 2021 6:37 PM in Engaging my students
I have found that integrating the scientific phenomena that your class is studying into other disciplins increases engagment with my students. For example, I taught conservation of matter to my 5th graders last years and connected it to our reading of Harry Potter - it wen't very well and all of my students comprehended the lesson(s) based on our post-assessment data.
Sun, Aug 22, 2021 9:05 PM in Field Trips
I try to take my students on science "field trips" out of the classroom as often as possible. It certainly depends on the location of the school. Last year, my class collected insects and materials from a wooded area next to the school and made a temporary class terrarium. We spent a week observing the insects before releasing them.
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Mon, Dec 06, 2021 10:22 PM Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning - review
Making claims, gathering evidence, and communicating reasoning combine to be an essential skill for our students. This article has a wonderful anchor chart on what is required of each of these and should be kept in mind when you make one with students. It is clear, concise, and a great guide for teachers who are trying to incorporate this model in their classroom.
Mon, Dec 06, 2021 10:17 PM First Flight - Review
It is very important to investigate phenomena that is happening right where the students live and this article is provides a great example of just that. Students of all ages are able to appreciate the natural world - taking walks in nature with someone knowledgeable is a great way to feed a young child's natural curiosity. This is a great resource!
Mon, Dec 06, 2021 10:12 PM Dig Deeply - Review
If you have any interest in staring a school or class garden, I would highly recommend reading this article and saving it for later. It is gives suggestions about how students perform in the role of scientist and is very engaging. It integrates well with informative writing so if time is something you're lacking (aren't we all?), you can combine in with ELA. This is a wonderful resource!
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