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

Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:30 PM in Getting students to go above and beyond
Have the advanced students help the students who are still working on the assignment. Kids (all ages) love to help others!

Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:18 PM in 5-E Lesson Plan
I am attaching an example of a 5E lesson plan that a student of mine created. Don't copy it, just use it as a guide to help you create on of your own in your instructor's formula. Betty

Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:04 PM in Middle School Engagement
Challenge your students. Don't rely on the old book and pencil method of teaching science. Keep things active with as much hands on learning as you can. Let the students discover things for themselves instead of telling them about it. This is also a challenge for the teacher, but it leads to inspiring discoveries about yourself and your students.

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