I have been a paraeducator for HCPSS for the past three years. I have decided to take the plunge and pursue an elementary education degree. I am in my first semester as a graduate student at UMBC.
Human Senses and Animal adaptations
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Sun, Oct 26, 2014 4:24 PM in FACTS: Formative Assessment Classroom Techniques - Let's Share!
Thanks for your FACTS ideas. Giving students time to think and reflect gives our introverted students who need a bit more time to process an opportunity to gather their thoughts and share their wonderful insights. I love it.
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Sat, Oct 18, 2014 6:28 PM in Inquiry Based Projects
Wow, that was a great resource. Has anyone found any good resources to teach the fourth grade Next Generation Standard, "Develop a model to describe that light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen."
If you have students sort three different color bottle caps (or paper or any other similar looking objects) in a dark room students will not be able to sort by c...
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 7:32 PM in Understanding the Vastness of Space
Thanks for sharing the wonderful website on the Scale of the Universe. It gives great perspective for how much is out there in the vastness of the universe. What a great find!
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Science Shorts: Making a Case for Camouflage
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 5:00 PM Innovative, yet simple
This article discusses a great, fun way to demonstrate camouflage and the advantage it gives to animals. Dying 200 toothpicks four different colors and "hiding" them in the school yard is a great way to engage students' wonder and get them outside. I recommend this article to anyone in the elementary school teaching their animal adaptation unit.
The Polar Insulation Investigation
Wed, Oct 22, 2014 9:07 PM Engaging and thought provoking
This is a great experiment idea on animal adaptation. Every child is enthralled with polar bears and penguins and this inquiry taps into that excitement. Having the students reflect on varied outcomes for the same adaptations (i.e. students that used feathers had different temperature changes) was a great way to get students to teach the need for experimental consistency. What a great idea.
How Do Scientists Work?
Tue, Sep 30, 2014 8:41 PM Interesting ideas, but too simple
In my experience Science and Children usually share complex and tiered science experiments. STEM was engaged, but not to a level that I have found in other articles in this magazine. The students are definitely encouraged to higher level thinking, but I wished that the authors had included more follow-up activities.
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