Brenda Velasco

I am a 3rd grade teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary School in Rapid City, SD. I also taught 4th grade here for two years. Prior to that I taught in a bilingual kindergarten classroom in Pasco, WA. I was raised in Neenah, Wisconsin, lived in Washington State for 15 years, and moved to South Dakota 4 years ago. I love teaching! I was a journalist before I decided to get my teaching certificate and use my writing background a lot in the classroom. I have a Bachelor's of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master of Teaching from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. In my spare time I like to hike with my fiance, read, play with my dog, and read.



Recent Posts by Brenda

Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:34 PM in Water Unit Ideas?
Here is a water cycle lesson I found and used a few years ago when I lived in Washington. The source is through NASA and the University of Washington. It focuses on the Olympic Peninsula but I'm sure could be modified for your region. I may have other resources on my computer at home. I have attached the lesson to this message.

Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:23 PM in STEM and Fairy Tales
Literacy can be tied into STEM very easily! When I taught 4th grade we would do a Cinderella unit where the students had to create the pumpkin carriage. The students had to use measurement skills to create it. We used art materials but never a real pumpkin (for expenses sake on my part!) but it would be really cool to give each student or maybe group students together with real pumpkins-maybe the ...

Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:18 PM in Motivation Videos
Great resources! Thanks for sharing. I have never thought about Science motivational videos for the beginning of the school year. This is something I'll consider next school year! I love getting great new ideas on here!