Sat, Nov 03, 2012 3:42 AM in Movies in Science
Thanks for your suggestion of “Fern Gully”. It was one of my favorite movies growing up! And you’re right, it highlights perfectly the effects that humans have on the environment. Especially when you read picture books like “The Great Kapok Tree”, the students really begin to become advocates for the environment. I was thinking that a similar movie to use would be “Avatar”. I am not q...
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Sat, Nov 03, 2012 3:24 AM in BrushBots, Robotics
Thank you for sharing your experience with brushbots and your thoughts on assessing students with brushbots. I also tried brushbots last year and definitely agree with you, Jason, the students’ enthusiasm and curiosity when creating their brushbots was contagious and inspiring! I love your connections between science and math by having students determine the speed/rates of their bots a...
Sat, Oct 20, 2012 1:21 PM in How to Teach Physics Very Inexpensively and Very Effectively
Thank you Adah for this AMAZING resource. I started by looking at the beginning sections of area and volume, and was simply impressed with how this resource took a math concept into the realm of science. Often times students are taught area and volume in a very rote manner, with memorizing an equation and sometimes even building volume models with interlocking cubes. But your resource pushed the c...
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Organisms: Grades K-4
Wed, May 02, 2012 6:44 AM Organisms: Grades K-4
This is an excellent resource for ideas on teaching ecosystems, and survival. Unfortunately, many of the internet links no longer work, and some of the activities are not quite appropriate for the K-4 range. One particularly exceptional website, whose link still work is: http://www.enaturalist.org/topic.htm?topic_ID=94 Here students can connect the science content that they learn in school and apply it to an environmental cause and become advocates for improving our environment.
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 10:47 PM Organisms: Grade K-4
The Sciguide was useful because it connected well with the Scipacks on Coral Reef Ecosystems and the Flow of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems. The lessons shared in the Sciguide provided me with starting points for creating my own lessons.
The lesson plan: Survivors! piqued my interest because it related adaptations of native species to their survival in cold weather. However, although the concept seemed promising, many of the website links no longer work or were connected to sites that were not permitted via our DOE internal portal. One website that did prove to be particularly useful was: http://www.enaturalist.org/topic.htm?topic_ID=17. The site even contains information about whale watching in Hawaii and Alaska! Despite some of the setbacks, I would recommend other teachers to view the Sciguide for resources and information when considering building units/lessons on ecosystems and interdependence.
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