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Sat, Apr 27, 2013 4:30 PM in The importance of science in Elementary level
I agree with all of you that science is not taught nearly enough in schools. From my experience, schools are so focused on making AYP that they spend a majority of instructional time on reading and math. Luckily for my fourth graders (although they probably view it as unlucky), they take a standardized test in science in addition to reading and math. I find that my grade level spends a great de...
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Sat, Apr 27, 2013 4:09 PM in Earth Science Websites
Thanks for the list of great sites! I especially like the one about plate tectonics. This is such a hard concept to grasp for fourth graders, so videos really help them to visualize how it actually happens. I also like how that website has information about how the Hawaiian Islands were formed. It ties into Earth science and our Social Studies standards here in Hawaii!
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 5:20 PM in Teaching Cell Parts in a "fun way"?
Wow, so many great ideas! Sherilynn, thanks for sharing the cells rap! My fourth graders will love it. They seem to remember everything that is put to a song (we already have a song for the different states of matter and they sing it all the time). I can use the rap as we review for our upcoming Hawaii State Assessment.
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Flow of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems
Thu, May 09, 2013 12:46 AM Great collection of resources
While there appears to be a great deal of resources when browsing through the SciGuide, most of the links lead you to the same site with different keyword searches. At first this turned me off, but realized that using the links through the NSTA SciGuide gave me access that I did not have by merely registering on my own. With that said, the links provided many resources that I can use with my fourth grade students. The content and resources in this SciGuide are easily adaptable for grades K-12. I especially liked the sites about ecosystems, food chains/webs, and producers/consumers/decomposers. Many of the sites were student-friendly and would be a great way for my students to interactively learn about life science. I am happy to have a collection of resources available to use at my disposal.
Thu, May 09, 2013 12:08 AM Good collection but needs updating
I like the wealth of resources available in this SciGuide. Although the content is geared for high schoolers, I found many sites and activities that can easily be adapted for elementary students. The plate tectonics theme has a good variety of resources for both teachers and students. However, there were a couple of links to sites that no longer existed. I also wish that the volcanoes theme included more about Hawaii. Because I live in Hawaii, I like to tie in our geography and formation of the islands into science. While many sites were dedicated to the volcanoes located in the "ring of fire," including more about the volcanoes in Hawaii would make a great addition to this SciGuide.
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