I am a fifth grade teacher in Western Maryland. I teach at Mt. Savage Elementary in Mt. Savage, MD. I am a Hood College alumna for both my bachelors and masters degrees. I love STEM and I feel it has made me a better teacher and that my students enjoy school so much more because of STEM.I am married to my wonderful husband Dave and we have twins, Michael and Rosa. I play the organ at my church and I love to crochet. Even though I teach in Maryland, I actually live in Pennsylvania.
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These lessons were compiled and presented at both national and state level Agriculture in the Classroom conferences.
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Thu, Mar 24, 2016 10:26 PM in Science Fun for Students
I usually start with a quick video clip, a demonstration to catch attention, a group inquiry, of a mystery question. This way they buy in to the fun and then are already in deep when you have to work.
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Thu, Mar 24, 2016 10:24 PM in
I just purchased a basic Makey Makey kit and some Hexbugs. Anyone able to pass along really good injury of problem based lessons? My students this year get so wrapped up in the fun of my lessons that they often lose sight of the goal. I don't want these materials to just turn out to be toys, I want some real learning. I wrote one lesson for the Makey Makey with music but I know there has to be a p...
Thu, Mar 24, 2016 10:14 PM in First Day of School Science Activities
I do an activity to reinforce the use of natural resources. I put students in groups with envelopes and they each have the same task but each has something wrong with the materials in their envelope of resources. It may be that their pencil isn't sharpened or their scissors are taped together. Whatever the problem they can't complete the task because their resources are mistreated or depleted. We ...
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Isaac Newton Olympics
Thu, Mar 24, 2016 11:56 AM Fun Way to Quiz
I loved this idea and made it work for what I needed assess in my students. I did these activities as a sort of obstacle course for Leap Year. Students then took a "quiz" where they identified the forces, energy sources, etc. after they went through the course.
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