Betty Paulsell

I am a retired elementary science teacher now working for NSTA as an online advisor. I also teach university science courses online and face to face. And I do lots of volunteer work in schools.




Independent Science Consultant

Recent Posts by Betty

Mon May 08, 2017 4:23 PM in Astronaut (in the future)
Do a Google search for "astronauts NASA" and you will find a lot of ideas.

Mon May 08, 2017 4:20 PM in Student Teaching
Children experience science all around them from birth. When they ask questions at an early age, hopefully parents will explain the world around them. If this does not happen there are excellent programs on PBS Kids that are good for preschool age children.

Mon May 08, 2017 4:17 PM in Fun Activities for Kindergarten
If you are able, go on a hike around your school and have the children point out what they think is living and what is nonliving. Have them tell you why they believe as they do. Take notes and when you get back in the classroom create a list of living and nonliving attributes as noticed by the children.

Recent Reviews by Betty

Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:47 PM
5 Thinking Out of the Box
This article describes how students can take common objects and create some other use for it. The author uses a strategy called 'SCAMPER". Read this excellent article to help your students be creative.

Sun Oct 02, 2016 9:43 PM
4 Documenting
This article describes how to use documentation panel to report on what they have done in a science activity. It is a good idea but seems a little above the ability of Early Years learners.

Fri Dec 19, 2014 1:01 PM
4 2D & 3D Modeling
After participating in this unit students understand why engineers prefer 3D Modeling over 2D Modeling. They also learn about tissue engineering which is usually taught in freshman courses at a university. In my opinion, I believe this subject of breast cancer would better be taught in high school rather than middle school. Science Scope is for middle school.

Recent Public Collections by Betty


4 Resources

Science Shorts: Do You Hear What Horton Hears?
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School


Methods and Strategies: Why Demonstrations Matter
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School, Middle School

Will It Float?
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School


5 Resources

Dinosaur Extinction, Early Childhood Style
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School

The Early Years: If You Were a Dinosaur…
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School