Mon May 06, 2013 2:42 AM
Energy SciGuide Review
The Energy SciGuide is an excellent resource to help bring the abstract concepts of energy in a more concrete learning environment. There are three themes that this SciGuide focuses on: 1) Recognizing Energy, 2) Thermal Energy, and 3) Changes in Energy. This SciGuide provides video clips, lesson plans, and activities that can be implemented in the classroom for students to better understand the concepts of energy. What I found to be very helpful from this SciGuide was the section about children's misconceptions about science. Teachers should be aware of these common misconceptions in order to better plan and teach students the correct information and concepts. I would definitely recommend this SciGuide as it provides an abundant amount of information and helpful resources to implement in the classroom.
Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:11 PM
The Solar System at the Tip of Your Fingers
The Solar System SciGuide is an excellent resource to increase your knowledge of the Solar System as well as implement learned concepts into your classroom. The SciGuide is organized into four themes: 1) A Look at the Planets; 2) Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites; 3) Earth in Space; and 4) Formation of our Solar System. This SciGuide provides resources for teachers and students to explore and learn about the Solar System. There are lesson plans that can be easily followed and integrated in the classroom. There are websites that provide simulations and media for students to better understand the Solar System. Although the Solar System is such a vast space that we cannot physically explore, the student-friendly resources provided in this SciGuide makes it feel like that Solar System is available at the tip of your fingers!