My name is Mariam Ahmed. I am currently a junior at UMBC, pursuing a B.A in Biological Sciences with a minor in Elementary Education. Science has always been my favorite subject in school; unfortunately, there is still not enough emphasis put on it in public schools today and many students dread the subject. After graduation, it is my goal to go into the public school system and reinvigorate it with all the excitement I know the STEM subjects can provide for students. Hopefully, becoming a part of NSTA will help me do just that.
Two-Week Unit Plan Resources
The intended use of this collection is to help me design a two week project based learning unit. These are my two ideas for the unit:
Idea 1: Alternative Energy (Make Your Own Windmill)- 6th grade
Idea 2: Water Quality Parameter Tests (Our Local Bodies of Water)-6th grade
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Tue, Mar 12, 2013 10:46 AM in Solar System Sci Pack
Thanks everyone for your input! I just completed the SciPack...it took me two times to pass the final assessment. It's not that it was hard, but the "check all that apply" questions really tripped me up. I kept changing my mind and checking and unchecking each box.
Overall, I thought the SciPack was okay, it was a little long as Catherine said, but based on my post-assessment grade, it helped ...
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Sat, Mar 09, 2013 12:27 PM in Solar System Sci Pack
I was wondering if anyone here has completed the Solar System SciPack? I have to complete it for a class of mine and I was just wondering what people think about it. I've never done a SciPack before so... I think it should be interesting!
Mon, Mar 04, 2013 6:31 PM in Project-Based Learning for Elementary Students
Thank you very much Betty. I will be sure to look at the resources posted to that forum. I'm sure they will be very helpful.
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A Close-Up Look at the Red Planet
Sun, Mar 03, 2013 6:31 PM Great Resource on Mars
At first, the layout confused me. However, once you start clicking on all the different links, the site becomes easier to navigate. I personally think this is a very informative resource on planet Mars. It's not your typical fact sheet and that is what I like about it. It gives a little bit of history amidst all the scientific stuff. There are tons of links leading you to anything from Lesson Plan ideas to diagrams/maps. Overall, an excellent source (1 star taken off because of the layout).
Earth and Space Science
Sun, Mar 03, 2013 6:25 PM Good Resource for New Teachers
This is an excellent resource for new teachers. The text is presented in an easy to read format and is supplemented by colorful pictures, diagrams, and illustrations. This resource introduces content standards for the three main areas of science (Earth/Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science). It provides background information on how patterns of learning for specific age-groups and also gives helpful instructions to teachers on how to deliver the content. Also, this resource gives plenty of real-life classroom examples to back up the tips.
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