Melissa Cuza

Early Childhood Education VPK teacher




Florida International University

Recent Posts by Melissa

Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:30 PM in Outdoor Activities
You can gather supplies from outside like twigs, leaves, feathers, etc and make animals out of them as like an art project. The kids can create an animal and even do a project about the animal they created. You could always expand on this project for older kids and have them look for animals and listen for animals throughout the summer to make a log of everything they've seen.

Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:25 PM in First Day of School Science Activities
For young children, we decorated rocket ships using paper towel tubes and we tied a string at a diagonal from one end of the class to the others to get the rocket ships to go from Earth to the moon. Just make sure if you make a pointed top that it has an opening for the string to go through. Let the kids get creative, some of my kids made wings on the rocket ships and tied strings to the end so th...

Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:21 PM in Preschool Science Concepts
I would recommend if you have an outdoor area to find old tires or pots and do some planting. Organize the plants by vegetables or types of flowers and have them labeled. Make it the students' responsibility to water the plants and pick the vegetables when they are ready. Kids really have fun with this. Also, since it is summer any water play activities will be fun. Try getting small bins and fill...

Recent Reviews by Melissa

Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:00 PM
5 Water Cycle Collection
This collection has a great list of resources related to the water cycle. The articles are not just giving information of the water cycle, some actually provide activities that could be done with the students related to the water cycle. This collection is useful for any teacher, but primarily for students with writing abilities. There is one particular article that helps with writing activities related to the water cycle. I would recommend this collection to anyone planning to teach the water cycle and gather the information related to the grade level they are teaching.

Recent Public Collections by Melissa

Examining Language To Capture Scientific Understandings: The Case of the Water Cycle
Type: Journal Article

How Do Children Know What They Know?
Type: Journal Article