Helen Hicks

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Recent Posts by Helen

Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:24 PM in Fast and Slow Processes that change the Earth
Teaching fast and slow land changes is hard to make labs to help the students understand the concepts. I do a lot of science readings, real life story readings and watching real life/world videos.

Fri Sep 28, 2012 1:15 PM in Sun, Earth, and Moon
Teaching Earth, Sun and Moon is a hard conpect for students because if they cannot see the object they don't believe it's there. But through lots of activites, labs and videos the students will slowly understand the conpect.

Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:13 AM in Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)
Wow! That a really interesting project for your school to become a part of. What grade are your students? I teach fourth grade and would have to do a lot of prep work with them before we could do that. I would pick and choose different items from that website. I can see the students must be excited about this because it's applying real world situations to what they are doing in school. Thanks ...





Recent Reviews by Helen


Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:00 PM
3 Good information
The sciguide is broken up into two themes. The first theme is about living thing and their life cycles and I think it is more for the lower or elementary grades. To help the students understand the life cycle of different animals. The second theme of many characteristics of an organism are inherited is more for the upper grades. Having to explain nature vs nurture and how things are inherited by our parents.


Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:21 PM
3 Lots of importation
The sciguide has three different themes of gravitational force, orbits and universal gravitation. It explains each theme and how gravity, force and orbits are related to the solar system. The Law of Gravitation is understood by understanding the concept of gravity through Newton’s Laws. Some suggestions for improvement are making some of the lessons or activities within the themes more for younger grades. Many times is time consuming to have to simply a lesson and making sure I didn’t leave out any important information.


Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:20 AM
5 Energy is Everywhere
Some insights I have gained about energy, energy is always changing forms and never stays in one form to long. Energy is a property of matter and all matter has energy and there are different forms of energy and has the ability to move or change things. When an object is at rest or not moving it still has energy (potential energy). Energy from the Sun gives plants power to make food. Energy from gasoline makes a car move. Food we eat gives us energy to do work.Energy is a property of matter and all matter has energy and the ability to move or change things. The desk, pencil, notebook or backpack, bouncing ball or riding a bike all have energy because an object at rest or in motion either have potential or kinetic energy. Being able to explain to my students thermal energy is due the particles in matter the move back and forth due to kinetic energy. As the particles move faster, the temperature increases.