Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:45 AM
Solar System SciGuide
As a new teacher, I found the Solar System SciGuide especially helpful. It was like a "one-stop shop". It had everything needed to give me background information in formulating my understanding to help me create informative and engaging lessons. The topic "Solar System" is such a huge topic. The initial introduction given in the SciGuide was concise and easy to understand. I liked how additional information was broken into separate sections - bullets to the side-each with a short summary. I follow benchmarks that focus on certain aspects of the solar system. The bullet sections helped me to deal with just that topic - complete with lesson plan ideas, additional resources, audio clips, samples of student work, and a link to the NSTA community forums. The site is easy to navigate and because the information is so well organized, it is not overwhelming. There is alot of information. The language was easy to understand, as I was learning the information for myself. The lesson plans were great and allowed me to get a good grasp of how to teach a lesson, and able to modify for my student needs. Everything needed in one place for a successful lesson.
Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:29 AM
This was an awesome Guide! I am glad I chose this one. I am teaching Earth Science for the first time, and am spending alot of time searching for information. This week I am teaching Rocks and Minerals. This site had it all - The lesson plan included complete instructions with the rock cycle diagram, student work sheets, web resources, and my favorite part - a game. There were interactive activities and easy to understand information about rocks. I would highly recommend this Science Guide. It's complete and easy enough to follow for teachers without an extensive science background.
Air Mass Matters: Creating a Need-to-Know
Type: Book Chapter