Jamie Vescio

I am a pre-service elementary teacher at Vanderbilt University interested in furthering my science content and instructional knowledge!

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TN

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Vanderbilt University, Peabody College

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Recent Reviews by Jamie


Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:30 PM
5 Incorporating students' experiences into science
Organized as two separate lessons (one for K-2 and one for 3-5), this article introduces two trade books that teachers might consider incorporating into force and motion lessons. The two books, Forces Make Things Move by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and The Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring by Gilbert Ford, are presented as thought-provoking texts for any teacher looking to build upon students’ funds of knowledge when it comes to force and motion. For example the Bradley text (intended for lower-elementary) shows connections between force and common child activities, like playing on a playground, while Ford’s book (intended for upper-elementary) uses the Slinky as a potential anchoring event to examine within instruction. The lessons that follow within the article utilize the 5E instructional framework. An overlap between the two lessons can be found in the engage portion, during which students from both the K-2 and 3-5 levels engage in various familiar activities as a way to investigate force, such as tug-of-war, yo-yo, and toy cars and ramps. In this way, the trade books and suggested activities seem like they would elicit meaningful student-driven connections between force and their everyday lives!


Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:22 PM
5 Bridging the visualization gap
This article is the definition of hands-on learning! Force/motion is all around us, yet can be one of the most difficult concepts within science to conceptualize. Even the NSTA SciPack on this topic emphasizes the importance of providing students with both qualitative and quantitative experiences with force and motion in order to bridge this common visualization gap. Using the 5E framework of engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate for science instruction, this article dissects an upper-elementary lesson that integrates an engaging (and cost-effective!) device into the classroom: the Fin-di. The Fin-di illustrates ideas around net force, acceleration, friction, and inertia using the simple materials of a peanut-butter jar, cork, piece of string, hot glue, and water. By including photographs and rubrics, this article also makes it easy to imagine how the Fin-di could be used as an initial hook, to elicit students’ prior knowledge, for just-in-time instruction, or for a variety of other functions that align with Ambitious Science Teaching. The best part? Teachers are always looking for resourceful ways to integrate technology and devices into the classroom and the Fin-di is an excellent tool for doing just that!






Recent Public Collections by Jamie


Project Learning Tree: Tropical Treehouse

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This collection includes resources for teachers to support their use of Project Learning Tree's Tropical Treehouse lesson. These resources are geared towards the NGSS disciplinary core ideas of Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms and Biodiversity and Humans throughout elementary grades. The resources include ideas for lessons, arts-integration, and content knowledge building.



Poetry and the Environment: Poetry enhances children's study of the environment and provides a link with science and the language arts
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Backyard Biodiversity
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Maker Movement Project: Hydraulics 4-in-1 Kit

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This collection includes resources for teachers looking to integrate the Pathfinders Hydraulics 4-in-1 Pack into the classroom for elementary grades. These resources are especially geared towards teaching hydraulics engineering through properties of matter, in particular properties of liquids, as this is an NGSS disciplinary core idea that spirals throughout each of the grade levels. These resources include strategies for ELLs, arts-integration ideas, trade book inspired lessons, and examples of other engineering design tasks, all of which build upon on or both of the following disciplinary core ideas: properties of matter and developing engineering solutions. These can hopefully be used to make meaningful connections between the properties of matter and engineering design when using the Pathfinders Hydraulics 4-in-1 Pack.



What’s the Matter With Teaching Children About Matter?
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Multisensory Strategies for Science Vocabulary
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Readings

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Cheep, Chirp, Twitter, & Whistle
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Shedding Light on Engineering Design
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