Hello! My name is Cristina Carrera. I am currently a senior at FIU. I work at a health insurance company and I am majoring in Elementary Education, with the hopes of earning a Masters Degree in Speech Therapy.
Some of my interests include fishing, cooking, reading, and horseback riding.
My goal during this SCE course is to learn how to confidently teach Elementary Science to students effectively.
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Mon, Nov 30, 2015 10:22 PM in Pinterest
Yes, I am also addicted to Pinterest!!! It is definitely one of the best apps ever! The site offers pictures, DIY own crafts, recipes, and more! The pins I find the most useful, as a preservice teacher, are the educational resources. There are a multitude of resources available to anyone who has an account. Teachers can find printable worksheets/handouts, activities, lesson plans, and templates fo...
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Mon, Nov 30, 2015 9:53 PM in Getting girls involved in Science
I am also concerned about this. I had never realized the difference in participation/motivation, until I was completing my field experience hours in a third grade classroom. I agree that girls need female role models in science. As I've learned in my Science course this semester, teachers can highlight female scientists by creating research activities. For instance, having students choose a scient...
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Exploring Earth's Aquatic Biomes Collection
Wed, Dec 02, 2015 8:51 AM Review
Catalina's collection on Aquatic Biomes offers several helpful resources for both teachers and students. Through these articles and activities, students learn what a biome is, in particular the aquatic biome and its importance to our world. Students also come to realize our impact on the world and how we must work to protect and save our ecosystems.
Students learn the direct and indirect effects humans have on these underwater systems in the article "A Fishy Adventure." It features an inquiry activity "Fishing for Clean Water."
Another article that caught my attention was "Biome is Where the Art Is." This article provides a lesson on creating torn paper biomes. This is a great activity to implement into the classroom, as every student has a unique learning style. For those students who have difficulty expressing their knowledge/ideas verbally, they can now show what they have learned and understand through art.
I would also definitely implement the resource "Wetlands: At the Water's Edge" in my classroom. This lesson offers students the opportunity to leave the classroom and actively engage in hands-on experiences in nature. This would be a great field trip opportunity!
Of course any of these articles can be modified to fit the needs of the students in your particular grade level!
Great job and thank you!
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