I’m Genesis Garza, I am 22 years old. My hobbies are watching Netflix and cooking. Oddly enough, I took culinary chemistry and realized there is so much science involved in cooking. I’m in Phase 3 of the education program at UT Tyler, hoping I graduate this upcoming December. The grades I would love to teach are the early elementary ones such as Kindergarten-2nd grade. I loved the idea of becoming a teacher since elementary school. My Pre-K teacher has really been an inspiration as well as my mother, the idea of becoming a part of a community and impacting lives that will later come into the workforce is ideal.
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Wed, Feb 19, 2020 10:14 AM in Students involvement
What is a good way to maintain a students involvement in the classroom before we reach the experiment/ hands on activity? Should every lesson include an activity?
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Wed, Apr 15, 2020 6:38 PM Science Shorts: Ecosystem in a Jar
1. Bringing the outdoors in? Count me in! I personally believe you will have more control on what’s the students touch, smell, see. this is what made this article stand out for me.
2. I learned that regardless of your age, you can still have difficulty understanding the bigger picture. Miniature ecosystems have been use to successfully maximize learning for ALL grades.
3. TEKS 3.9.A
The students is expected to: observe and describe the physical characteristics of environments and how they support populations and communities of plants and animals within an ecosystem.
Students will be given an ecosystem per group. They will be give the task to keep daily observations on it. This will allow us to have a closer look on ecosystems without having to get on a bus for a field trip. After 2 weeks, the students will share their observations with the classroom as well as do a “show and tell” with a kindergarten class.
4. I agree with this article and the activity as it’s a lot easier to understand ecosystems little by little.
Wed, Apr 15, 2020 6:23 PM Poetry of Science: What’s the Matter?
1. I saw this article and it intrigued me with poetry being involved. This can make the science lesson a whole lot more fun and could be applied to any topic with a couple of tweaks.
2. I learned that science can be made into something poetic. How awesome is that?!
3. TEKS 3.5B
The student is expected to: describe and classify samples of matter as solids, liquids, and gases and demonstrate that solids have a definite shape and that liquids and gases take the shape of their container.
Students will be separated into 3 groups (one for each state of matter). This will happen at the end of our lesson over solids, liquids, and gases (as review). We will create a classroom poem to be displayed outside of our classroom. This will not only cover our science lesson of the week but also ELAR!
4. I definitely agree with the involvement of the arts in science. It is genius!
Wed, Apr 15, 2020 6:08 PM The Earth Day Groceries Project
1. I chose this article because when I was in school, no teacher took the time to talk about Earth Day, let alone have us do a whole project over it. We were hardly ever involved in our community and it was all textbook. I personally believe that students will truly enjoy this project and will be a great reminder to school not only revolving around textbooks and notes.
2. This project is done by multiple people and it is INTERNET- BASED! How awesome is that? This project can not only be used for science as it is possible to tie it to any other subject such as Fine Arts. Also, it all started in 1998! So there’s been many people doing this project to vouch for it.
3. TEKS: 2.1.B
The student is expected to: identify and demonstrate how to use, conserve, and dispose of natural resources and materials such as conserving water and reuse or recycling of paper, plastic, and metal.
As students are expected to identify and demonstrate how to use, conserve, and dispose of every day materials they’ll be given the opportunity to get their community involved by taking home paper grocery bags for each child in the household for them to decorate. These bags will go back to the grocery store and along with it a personalized thank you note from the child (anonymous). I believe this will make a big impact on them as they’ll get the feeling of making a change.
4. I wonder if there could be other materials around our everyday life that could be included in this project. If so, what could those be?
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