I teach Kindergarten.
Sat, Nov 17, 2012 10:06 PM in Basic Significant Information for Kindergarteners
I’ve been thinking about how I introduce and make real some of the concepts of the “Universe” SciPack to kindergarteners. First, I encourage my students to keep an eye on the sky in order to provide them some of the most basic information about the objects in the universe that surrounds us. [Of course, I warn them, as my teacher always did, not to look directly at the sun ever.]
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Sat, Nov 03, 2012 9:38 PM in Plate Tectonics
Hey, Tracie and Erica--
Thank you for reminding me again of how much I enjoyed the NSTA SciPacks on Plate Tectonics and Earth’s Changing Surface. Those lessons were eye-opening for me. What I realized was that I had heard or read many of the facts in the two SciPacks before, but when I worked my way through them, I encountered the information in an organized and logical way for the first time...
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 12:37 AM in Thoughts about Learning about Gravity and Orbits
Now that I have completed the Gravity and Orbits SciPack, I am not afraid to say that most of what I learned there was new to me, and it was hard to figure out a way to address a lot of it with my students at kindergarten level.
Just helping kindergarteners to realize that they would each weigh less on the moon would be a triumph. :)
The lessons in the SciPack did help me remember various t...
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A Close-Up Look at the Red Planet
Wed, Oct 17, 2012 1:25 AM Exploring The Red Planet
“A Close-Up Look at the Red Planet” is a bit advanced for my kindergarteners, but I couldn’t resist a look because of the recent mission of Spirit and Opportunity. This SciGuide links users to internet opportunities that can assist teachers with connecting content related to Mars and our exploration of the planet. The sites provide activities and lessons for classroom use. The SciGuide focuses on three themes, those of “Evidence of Extinct Life,” “Evidence of Ancient Climates,” and “Habitats on Mars.” “Evidence of Extinct Life” focuses on two sub-themes, “Ancient Life on Mars” and “Fossils on Mars.” Both have a number of websites that provide lesson plans and experiments that demonstrate how and why we can speculate about life on Mars. “Evidence of Ancient Climates” has three sub-themes: “Evidence of Ancient Oceans,” “Fossilized Algae,” and Studying Ancient Climates.” The last one, “Habitats on Mars,” has two sub-themes: “Environmental Factors for Life on Mars” and “Viking Lander Data.” Selecting the links within any of the themes takes you immediately to a great deal of information, a lot of lesson plans, and other material that adds to the teacher’s knowledge and gives you ideas for ways to convey this information to students of many ages. I love the recipe for experiments in “Planets in a Bottle.” The only improvement that could be made to this SciGuide is more resources, even though there are already enough to keep teachers busy for months.
Fri, Nov 25, 2011 2:51 PM Reviewing "Earth Structures"
The “Earth Structures: High School” contains information on three major areas related to Earth Science: Earthquakes, Plate Tectonics, and Volcanoes. The sections deal with how these forces change the planet both gradually and suddenly; as a result, all of them affect not only the shape and formation of the planet, but also the life of the biosphere on the planet. This SciGuide is most useful to teachers of high school students, but teachers of K-8 will find information to answer their own questions and the more advanced questions of their younger students. A number of the links are no longer working, but those that still do have good information for teachers and some activities for students. The links go to activities, lesson plans, interactive presentations, information and quizzes, and other materials. The section on Volcanoes is particularly useful, especially in supplying information that was only touched on in the SciPacks, like the theory and formation of “hot spots.” All of the information helps teachers prepare students for a larger view of the planet as a globe of constant changes where earthquakes and volcanoes are not rare events but are the regular and predictable result of plate tectonics.
Earth and Sky: Grades K-4
Sun, Oct 09, 2011 11:30 PM Reviewing "The Earth and Sky"
“The Earth and Sky: Grades K-4 SciGuide” will help teachers find resources to enhance their own knowledge as well as their science lessons related to the topics of the earth and sky. This SciGuide links users to internet opportunities that can assist teachers with connecting space science content and activities to lessons in their classrooms. The SciGuide focuses on two themes, that of “Changes in Earth and Sky” and “Objects in the Sky.” “Changes in the Earth and Sky” focuses on gravity and the seasons. “Objects in the Sky” focuses on the moon, planets, and the sun. By selecting the links for each of these themes, the user is directed to activities, interactive games, lesson plans, and other material that can both expand the teacher’s knowledge and provide the teacher with materials to enhance their lessons on these topics.
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