Aloha, My name is Christina Akau. I am a first grade teacher and alumni at Kula Elementary. I am excited for the resources and learning I will gain from this course to incorporate in my teachings!
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Sun, Jul 26, 2020 1:18 AM Exploring Matter Lesson Review
This article is a great introduction to the 3 states of matter. It provides students a hands on experience using their senses to discover each property. This lesson provides the opportunity to differentiate and enrich students in grade 2 because it provides the opportunity to adapt to upper grades. I like how this resource provided specific/targeted questions for students to have discussion during their exploration.
Sun, Jul 26, 2020 1:07 AM Trade Books for Teaching Review
I enjoyed reading through these activities inspired by children's literature. I appreciate that their is a synopsis for the books provided. The two lessons for each grade area provide clear instructions and procedures to carry out the lesson provided. This article did a wonderful job connecting NGSS to each activity. I appreciate how at the end of the article, it provides the integration of the Common Core Standards as well.
Sun, Jul 26, 2020 12:35 AM Enjoyed reading a 2nd grade thematic unit
This article was an easy read to follow along! It is awesome to read about a science thematic unit that takes the entire year to follow through. This year long theme did a fine job integrating other topics such as seasons, plant and animal anatomy, lifecycles and the relationship between plants and animals. The opportunity for a field trip that tie to the lesson plans creates memorable experiences and relate to what they have learned in the classroom to reality. Another thing I enjoy about this resource is that it provides text to support students learning and a glossary on honeybees.
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