Sue Garcia

I have been teaching since 1981 in four different school districts. I have taught from 4th grade through high school. The majority of my career has been teaching math (20 years) and science (10 years). Due to school reorganization, I have just been transferred to 6th grade World Culture and Geography (I have found that there is a lot of science in this content area!). My Bachelor of Science is in Education, minor in math and my Masters of Science is in Education, emphasis in Physical Science. My hobbies include horseback riding, swimming, and scrapbooking.

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TX

Affiliation

Lake Travis Middle School

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Recent Posts by Sue

Wed Jul 20, 2016 12:07 PM in Supplementing 2nd Grade Science as a Student Teacher
Hello Katheryn, I so happy to see you use this forum for information. Yes, gathering supplies is difficult. I have used the NSTA Learning Center many times. I especially recommend investigating the magazine "Science and Child" found in the NSTA.org website. Once there, search for the Learning Center. Select "menu", Select "Explore All Resources", Select "Journal Articles & Lessons", select either ...

Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:19 PM in Animals in the classroom?
I love all of these replies. I agree with all of them. I was the first science teacher at my school to have pets in the classroom. I got my pets after attending a class provided by my region collaborative. It was called "Pets in the Classroom". We learned the types of pets that work well within the classroom, how to care for them, potential problems, and learned a variety of hands on lessons that ...

Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:14 PM in Cells can't be boring!!
Brenda, A little used resource that has some great ideas to use for Cells is in the "Advanced Search" option that the Learning Center has. 1] Go to the Tab "Learning Resources & Opportunities" at the top of the screen. 2) Then select "Advanced Search" on the left hand side of the screen. 3) In "Keyword" type "Cells", scroll down to "NSTA Collections", then hit "Search". 4) Especially check o...





Recent Reviews by Sue


Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:17 PM
5 Cell Structure and Function
Cell Structure and Function is one of NSTA’s new eBooks. I found it to be a well designed resource that covers four science objectives: “The Basis of Life”, “The Cellular Factory”, “The Molecular Machinery”, and “The Most Important Molecule”. This book is beautifully illustrated with photos, graphics, and images found on every page. I also appreciated the fact that all of the lessons had audio to accompany the text. Teachers will be pleased with the “Common Student Preconceptions” that are found throughout the book. This helps them understand when their students may have a different understanding of the material. There were slideshows, animations, interactive visuals, and “Hands-on-Activities”. I found the interactive simulations very useful when I needed to demonstrate a concept. This eBook also included a “Search” button that allowed me to search for information using just a few key words. And the “Check Your Thinking”, found every few pages, provided my students the opportunity to answer discussion or short answer questions in more depth. Another great feature was the “Review What You Learned”. This feature provided my students, in a multiple-choice format, the opportunity to review the concepts they had just covered. As an assessment, a quiz is included at the end of each Science Objective. At the end of the book, teachers will find the correlation of the new NGSS standards, Science for All Americans, and Benchmarks for Science Literacy are discussed. I highly recommend this book to educators and students wanting an excellent and proven means to learn the content needed for curriculum and instruction about Cell Structures and Functions.


Thu Oct 29, 2015 3:53 PM
5 Interdependence in the Ecosystem
NSTA’s new eBook, the Interdependence of Life is a wonderful educational tool. I found it to be a comprehensive resource that covers four science objectives: “Organisms and Their Environments”, “Species Relationships”, “Population Balance in Biomes”, and "Agents of Change in Ecosystems”. I appreciated the fact that all of the lessons had audio to accompany the text. There were slideshows, animations, and “Hands-on-Activities”. There were also plenty of interactive simulations that I found to be very useful when I needed to demonstrate a concept and many of them were designed in a game-style format for the students to use. This eBook also included a “Search” button that allowed me to search for information using just a few key words. And the “Check Your Thinking”, found every few pages, provided my students the opportunity to answer discussion questions or short answer questions in more depth. The “Take Notice!” also alerted the student’s to facts that pertain to the lesson they were discussing that normally they might have missed or over-looked. Another great feature was the “Review What You Learned”. This feature provided my students, in a multiple-choice format, the opportunity to review the concepts they had just covered. At the end of the book, the correlation of the new NGSS standards, Science for All Americans, and Benchmarks for Science Literacy are discussed. I highly recommend this book to educators and students wanting an excellent and proven means to learn the content needed for curriculum and instruction about the Interdependence of Organisms in Earth’s Ecosystem.


Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:17 PM
4 Do You Know How to Use and Care for Sharps?
If you do any activities in your classroom that involve any object that can penetrate the skin, you should know the legal regulations that are involved. This brief article discusses how "sharps" should be cared for and how their use can be made safer. Using the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards as reference, this article defines what a "sharp" is and further states what the "duty of maintenance" is, something that teachers are responsible for. It also suggest that guidelines for using sharps are listed in the school/district's Science Safety Plans. This article is short, easy to read, and helps teachers understand their liabilities better when using sharps in their classroom.






Recent Public Collections by Sue




NSTA 101-Earth, Moon, & Sun

20 Resources

Uploaded material for pre-service teachers eBook, Earth, Moon, & Sun



Astroventure Design a Planet
Type: User uploaded resource



Eratosthenes Earth Circumference Project
Type: User uploaded resource



CER

5 Resources



Is_it_a_Claim.pdf
Type: User uploaded resource



Is_it_Evidence.pdf
Type: User uploaded resource