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This is a collection of resources related to a theme on weather to be used to create a two week unit plan.
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Misconceptions about Science
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Wed, Oct 01, 2014 10:44 PM in Encouraging Young Scientists news letter
Wow! I did not know something like this existed! What a great resource for pre-k to second grade educators! This would be beneficial to the team leader, individual teacher, as well, as parents. The information in the newsletter is presented in an organized fashion that also makes it easy to understand. Do you know if there are similar resources like this available for older, upper elementary ...
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The Early Years: Helper Hats
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 12:50 PM "Helper Hats" review
This is a great lesson with hands on learning inquiry. I also think students will really enjoy the activity! Ashburn describes how students investigate differing hats and their purposes. They also learn to determine the role of form and function relate to meeting the hat's purpose. The students are actively engaged as participants in the lesson. I believe the lesson is a great opener to discover functionality. Possible extensions could include designing and constructing a hat to do its defined purpose. Then testing to see if it does its job. This could include some data collecting too. Also, students could bring in a hat to talk about it’s purpose and test it. I wish Ashburn had included some of her thoughts about extensions on the lesson.
Dress for the Weather
Thu, Oct 30, 2014 12:19 PM "Dress for the Weather" article review
"Dress for the Weather" is great! Glen and Smetana do a great job explaining the details of the activities. First of all, I really like how Glen and Smetana capitalize on current weather conditions. Students also investigate relevant weather from their area. Relevancy to the learner is very important to better support learning! Also, the activities provide opportunities for collaboration, independent work, and group discussion. I also like that the students are guided to form their own definitions of weather and climate. This would make it clearer for understanding. Glen and Smetana provide different ways to extend student investigation. Some of the extensions could be used to differentiate instruction too.
“Dress for the Weather” is adaptable to any location relevant to the students. Living in the Baltimore/Annapolis region, the lesson could easily be tailored to a Maryland location instead of Boston, Massachusetts. This makes this lesson a great resource for all teachers, regardless of location. Additionally, I think students could also do this investigation in the summer time. On a particularly warm day, the students could collect data from each sample (sand and water) as it heated outside. Then the students could actively participate in the science learning, as opposed to demonstration only. More math could then be added by having students find averages of the sand and water samples from individual student's or group's observations. I would like to see more hands on activities for the learners.
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