I am a 9th year teacher and have been privileged to teach 2-4th grades! Third grade is my favorite. I have just recently finished a loop from 3rd to 4th grade where I learned so much about fourth grade science and math. This was a wonderful opportunity I hope to continue in the future.
Science and Writing
Things I'd love to use for science.
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Guest Editorial: The BSCS 5E Instructional Model: Personal Reflections and Contemporary Implications
Mon, Jun 15, 2015 5:52 PM Really good ideas
Engage-grab the student's attention and get them interested in the topic.
Explore-give students the opportunity to come up with their own explanations and try new things.
Explain-using student work, discuss the key concept of the unit you are working on. Use multiple formats for explaining.
Elaborate-challenging activities that help them with new situations.
Evaluate-give students quality feedback on their work.
The article recommends that all of the pieces of phases be used to increase the effectiveness of the model. This should take multiple lessons and be used in the sequence recommended by the team that created it.
Interesting article with a good place to start back in my own classroom.
Science 101: What writing represents what scientists actually do?
Thu, Jun 11, 2015 3:29 AM Science writing
I really like how the author points out that students should "do" science and then write about it. I agree because they are more excited to write when they know what the content is. This would be good to remember while teaching any subject in class.
A Laboratory of Words
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 12:41 PM Good ideas
I really took away from this article that I should do a quick write with my students before starting a new science concept. This would incorporate more writing in my day and the students would be more engaged because I would not set restrictions on spelling or content as long as it is readable and sticks to the topic.
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