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 Oct 05, 2017 4:41 PM in Field Trips
We study habitats and take our students to a place called Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City. The students get to experience a whole bunch of habitats and even get to take a nature walk and go fishing. We do this as final activity to wrap up our habitat unit. Where in Iowa do you live? If you are close to Sioux Falls they have an Outdoor campus there as well.

Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:40 PM in Kindergarten activities
When I taught kindergarten we did a bug exploration unit. This was a good spring project. We had lady bugs and talked about the life cycle and observed them. We also observed snails and compared the difference between a snail and a bug. I also did a lot of force and motion with magnets and of course a sink and swim project.. Here is a cute one with ecosystems and animal crackers which can be...

Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:32 PM in Classroom Management
My first year of teaching I did a science experiment which turned into a crazy and chaotic hour! I had parent volunteers too which made it much more embarrassing.. BUT.. I learned from that experiment. I have found that some groups of kids are much more chatty/vocal than others but I still hold them responsible for their actions and set expectations high. We talk about what good group behavior l...