Mon, Jul 25, 2016 10:34 PM in No Science in the Classroom
I start my student teaching this fall, but I have been lucky enough to be in the same district for the past year and a half. I've noticed that neither the third grade class I worked with the first semester, nor the second grade class I worked with last year had much science. Typically, in third grade, science and social studies are done in alternating weeks, but the science is typical read from a ...
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Mon, Jul 25, 2016 10:21 PM in Animal Habitats Activities
I did this with some first graders during a practicum! My partner and I brought in shoe boxes and a ton of material we'd bought from the dollar store, like pebbles, moss, flowers, etc. plus construction paper, glue, scissors. We picked out a bunch of those National Geographic Kids animal books and each group of about 3 received an animal and a book about their animal. Most of these kids were readi...
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 8:12 PM in Getting Students to Ask Questions
I always ask my students to think about things they are observing and consider what is happening and why--and then frame their observations as questions they can explore using more inquiry-based thinking. For example, with my summer campers, more than one of the students has remarked about how hot it is outside. I once replied back that it felt so hot out you could probably cook an egg on the side...
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Interdependence of Life: Species Relationships
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 10:44 PM Fantastic resource for Interdependence!
This is my first Science Object and I am very impressed with the information here! While some of the concepts were familiar to me, I really appreciated having a refresher for the things I had forgotten, as well as the knowledge to be able to teach this to my students. The interactive aspects were also really helpful and enhanced my understanding of the concepts.
Earth Systems in a Bottle: Building Earth systems teaches students an integrated environmental lesson
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 9:42 PM Excellent resources, adaptable for younger grades
While some of the content in this resource is definitely more appropriate in a high school setting, it could be adapted to work with upper elementary and middle school students as well. I agree with one of previous reviewers that I would probably omit fish from the bottle with younger students, but I think overall this is an excellent resource, especially with providing a visual example for what the bottle would look like, along with written instructions, because it gives teachers an idea for what the project should look like before it is assembled.
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