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

Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:34 AM in First Day of School Science Activities
The dry chemical mentioned in the "Where Did the Water Go" can be easily obtained from opening up a diaper and taking out the powder contained in it. It has the same effect as the chemical powder you could purchase from a science supply and it is much cheaper!!!

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.

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

Teaching Through Trade Books: The Science and Technology of Sound
Type: Journal Article

Methods and Strategies: Why Demonstrations Matter
Type: Journal Article

Will It Float?
Type: Journal Article


5 Resources

Dinosaur Extinction, Early Childhood Style
Type: Journal Article

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