Matthew Gaston

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Recent Posts by Matthew

Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:18 PM in Missing Taxonmy
Hello! I know that within the Ecology section there is a portion on Biodiversity and Human interaction with Biodiversity. By the end of the 8th grade students should able to explain that organism have been classified by scientists. I am thinking that right before or at the beginning of an ecology unit, starting off with Biodiversity and then going into taxonomy would be a good place. Talking to pr...

Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:40 AM in First Day of School Science Activities
Scavenger hunts sound great, especially the diagnostic aspect! I am wondering what type of scavenger hunt one might do to get a grasp of what students know and what students need to learn.

Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:27 AM in Gardening at school with young children
When I was in grade school, I always wanted my teachers to have us participate in a garden, yet none did. Starting a garden is brilliant as it allows for outdoor activity and education in biology, ecology, and sustainability. Even if it is merely exposure to plants, it will lay the seed for something great! (As I study plants now, I reflect back on my botanical exposure and appreciate everythin...