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

Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:06 PM in Simple Machines
I do a mini unit on the Iditarod. We follow the mushers throughout the race. I do read them Stone Fox and also a book about recent Iditarod champions. The sleds we'll make out of craft sticks and other art supplies. If I had a bigger budget I'd give them bigger pieces of wood. But the craft sticks should work with glue guns. (and parent helpers of course!) Living in South Dakota we have snow in th...

Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:40 PM in Simple Machines
Hello, I see you posted this a while ago and no one responded. I've taught both 3rd and 4th grade and have done several activities. A big one was something called Invention Convention where students had to create a new device using resources from simple machines. I also had my 3rd graders create little cars made out of straws, lifesavers, tape, and card stock. We talked about the wheel and axle ...