Student at UMBC, majoring in Environmental Science and Elementary Education. Mother of two, ages five and three. Enjoying the journey toward teaching and service in my community.
Trees- Science and Children Journal
articles about exploring trees with elementary school age children
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resources for 2- Week Unit Plan on bees and other pollinators
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Mon, Nov 21, 2016 11:04 AM in Science Tables!
Haven't had my own science tables in a classroom yet, but I do remember kids scratching initials and whatever else into them once they realized it would show up, when I was in school.
In a quick search I found this link: http://www.kay-twelve.com/blog/a-guide-to-cleaning-science-tables/
which seems like it should work, and the home page looks like a promising resource for fixing other teach...
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Mon, Nov 21, 2016 10:55 AM in Current Events in Science -- Nov. 19, 2016
Thanks for sharing, this is a great reminder (and example of material that could be used) to share relevant information with students so that their studies relate to them on a more personal or local level. Real-world applications (or at least associations) are important to me, as I recall clearly hating when what seemed like busywork was assigned. For me, as a pre-service teacher and environmental...
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 10:46 AM in Current Events in Science -- Nov. 19, 2016
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The Tree of Life
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 4:52 PM interactive lesson allows critical thinking
This article showcases a great lesson that integrates art, science, and inquiry based learning in elementary school. Pre-planning is explained, co-operation with multiple teachers is delineated and the benefits of such work are clear. The children can certainly gain more information from the approach taken in the article than another text- based approach where the students complete worksheets individually and only learn the broad scope of information. I liked that the students continued learning how elements of the environment around the Baobab tree were dependent on one another after seeing the placement of their own artwork and captions with those of their classmates.
The Solar System
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 12:33 AM Informative and interesting
I could recall some of this information from my own elementary school experience, but some was new to me as well! I found all of the videos and images interesting, and the descriptions were well thought out and beneficial.
The 3 star rating is because the multi-part questions made the assessment very frustrating. Even after going back and reading the suggested areas, I got 69.2 twice and then 65.2, so I think for me the review made me second guess on the wrong questions rather than help correct misconceptions. Either a poor design, or maybe I really didn't grasp certain concepts.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 9:58 PM expanding teacher and student horizons
Previous reviewer, Adah, summarizes this article nicely. I found it interesting and helpful because of the teacher's admission to not knowing much about inquiry based learning, but trying it out anyway. The students in her class as well as her future students will benefit from her challenging herself and stepping into the unknown. This is an excellent example of science and teachable moments being anywhere and with any materials!
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