Hi there! My name is Christina Hong and I am a current undergraduate student at UMBC majoring in Psychology while getting my certification in Elementary Education. I received my Associates Degree in Elementary Education at Howard Community College. I have always had a great passion for working with children, which is obvious due to my 14 years of babysitting and hope to pursue a career as a future educator. I have always had a knack for teaching children new things, not just academically, but personally as well. I love being out in the community and am a firm believer in that you are never done learning. I have volunteered in several schools in Howard County, MD, including the Tubman Headstart Center located in Columbia, MD. I look forward to this journey and am excited to see what the future holds.
Fruits, Vegetables, and Decomposition
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Mon, Nov 03, 2014 9:08 PM in Vermicomposting
I've been working on a two week unit in my science education class and thought decomposition would be an interesting topic to explore. Thanks for these great resources! I thought about doing compost logs using plastic bottles but was not quite sure how to do it. It was informative and taught me a lot about vermicomposting. I thought it would also be a god idea for students to see the decomposition...
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Wed, Oct 29, 2014 5:01 PM in Freezing days fun with bubbles
This is such a great idea! I have been a nanny, now babysitter due to my studies, for over 14 years now and know the power of bubbles with young children! This is such an enlightening experiment. I cannot wait to do this with the kids I sit for in addition to implementing it in science (weather) lessons. Maryland weather is so unpredictable, but it definitely has the potential of getting to degree...
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 11:07 AM in Animal Habitat Project
I think this is a great activity to do with the students. It lets them be creative while learning about animals and their habitats. It’s great that you want the parents to get involved too. I would definitely encourage the kids to think about the landscape of their habitat, weather, and the diet of their animals. Once completing their show-box dioramas, they could write a short story about their a...
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Science 101: What Causes Major Wind Patterns, Such as Trade Winds?
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:10 AM Excellent, Easy Read on Trade Winds
This article was a great summary of trade winds and how they occur. The water/vegetable oil demonstration is a great way to introduce the concept of convection cells and air density to children. This was a clear, concise synopsis. Because the water is denser than the oil, gravity pushes the oil up when submerged. This is the same for trade winds. Cold air is denser than warm air, resulting in rising warm air. Eventually it loses energy and cools down, sinking and pushing up more hot air. The visuals in the article are great and really show the process of convection cells. Thanks for the refresher!
Methods and Strategies: Gather 'Round
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 10:43 AM Incorporating Literature: So Important
“Gather Round” by Sally Mayberry is a great article that describes how effective incorporating trade books can be when teaching children. It is especially effective when discussing science topics that may be difficult to understand, particularly the scientific vocabulary. Reading aloud can also peak the interests of the students while enhancing their reading and comprehension skills. I love that it also tells you how to pick appropriate trade books, making sure all information is current and valid and avoids all biases such as race, gender, and SES. The idea of having a science A-Z chart can also be a great tool for the classroom. Vocabulary, especially in Science, can be difficult to understand. Having a visual in the class would make the vocabulary available to all the students to use when they would otherwise not be exposed to it. Integrating Science and language arts helps support literacy in science content while enhancing reading.
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