Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:41 PM
My SciGuide Review
I like how the SciGuide provides an overview for each focus. In this case, I reviewed the "Reproduction and Heredity" SciGuide. The SciGuide map outlines the themes and keywords for the two specific themes. Each keywords had resources for teachers and students that each listed the features for that specific resource. The resources provided are reliable sources, but some sources did not work (http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/whodidit/ ). I like the "Do-It-Yourself: Strawberry DNA" activity because it provides visuals and a hands-on inquiry lesson for students to concretely understand that DNA is in all living things. This will work perfectly with all my students, especially my ELL students. The videos provided by PBS and Nova will also provide another source of visualization to help my students.
Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:12 PM
Cell Structure and Function Review
Woo! I just completed the cell structure and function sci pack! It has so much detailed, specific information that I wish I could provide to my gifted and talented students, but for all my students too. There were a lot of interactive computer animations I also felt would benefit all my students. I especially liked the section on cell surface area ratio because it involved math. This is a great reminder to me how I can make a lesson where students recognize the purpose to having small cells. Overall, I felt this sci pack was a great refresher on many important facts. I like how the information was organized because it helped remind me how to align my curriculum and to be mindful of the common preconception students might bring. The pedagogical section, it was helpful to have helpful ways to teach this unit that I feel is very abstract, but can be understood in chunks. Again, this was great for me to review and to prepare my students in understanding how to better approach teaching and learning about cells.