Sarah Henley

9th Grade Physical Science Teacher

Location

HI

Affiliation

Kekaulike High School

Recent Posts by Sarah

Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:23 PM in Chemistry Animations, Games and Simulations
Hi Pam- Thank you for starting this thread! I teach Physical Science, and for most of my students, the semester on Chemistry is pretty much their first introduction to atoms, the Periodic Table, and bonding. It is very, very hard for them to conceptualize at first. There is a great interactive bonding game at http://www.learner.org/interactives/periodic/groups_interactive.html . I project it...

Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:07 PM in Energy resources
Wow, Mary! What a great lesson. So, so relevant for our students here in Hawaii, as hopefully they will one day participate in making important decisions about energy. I also really like that the lesson has strong writing component. I just had to do a training on the Common Core Literacy Standards for Science , and while it is not listed as Common Core standard for science, my school has deci...

Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:44 PM in Science Interactive Notebooks
I tried the interactive notebook last year, but I had a really hard time getting my students to keep up with it. In general, those who kept up with it were the ones that needed it the least, while the students who needed it most wouldn't do it. I do think it is a good idea, I have a colleague who has had a lot of success. He has them include all notes, msjor assignments, and labs. If I try it ...





Recent Reviews by Sarah


Wed May 02, 2012 2:37 AM
4 Good Ideas
This SciGuide gives me some good ideas for how to implement the content from the Electric and Magnetic forces SciPak. While I haven't yet been able to implement any of the lessons/ideas due to limitations in my pacing guide, I look forward to trying a few of them next year, particularly the Introduction to Static Electricity activity involving balloons. There's also a cool lab involving magnets and paper clips that integrates a lot of scientific literacy concepts (A Balancing Act!).


Wed May 02, 2012 2:20 AM
3 Lots of Information
The SciGuide for Atomic Structure and Bonding covers a lot of material. For my purposes (9th grade Physical Science), about half of it was level appropriate and half was geared more towards upper level Chemistry. The resources in the "sites for students" section were good, but require internet access. The section on Classification of Matter had a few interesting lesson plans. Overall, i think this SciGuide would be more useful if it were separated in to two separate guides, and each was a little bit more specific.


Wed May 02, 2012 2:20 AM
3 Lots of Information
The SciGuide for Atomic Structure and Bonding covers a lot of material. For my purposes (9th grade Physical Science), about half of it was level appropriate and half was geared more towards upper level Chemistry. The resources in the "sites for students" section were good, but require internet access. The section on Classification of Matter had a few interesting lesson plans. Overall, i think this SciGuide would be more useful if it were separated in to two separate guides, and each was a little bit more specific.