Melissa Ruiz

My name is Melissa Ruiz and I graduated with a Bachelor degree in Liberal studies in 8/2013. I am working on my teaching credential to become an elementary school teacher. I was a substitute since April 2015 where i've subbed for grades TK-6 in the chula vista school district. I am one of six children in my family, the first to graduate from college. My favorite things to do in my spare time is to read and write.

Recent Posts by Melissa

Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:34 PM in New teacher without text ....how do you create lessons without a book?
When you cannot get a hold on textbooks to teach your lesson, always looking at websites for ideas is a great place. You can go on better lesson plans which is a great website that aligns with the NGSS standards. There are plenty of websites that are good for teaching science, but you might have to change it up to fit your material. 

Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:30 PM in Advice for Elementary Lessons on Heredity
I think this topic will be difficult to teach younger students to do, but I saw this great activity where you can teach them how heriderty through their family. Have them look at their families and have them understand it's usually carried through what your born with and family. For example if your parents have curly hair or blue eyes, most likely their children will have curly hair or blue eyes. ...

Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:11 PM in Classroom Management
The best way to solve this is to have jobs for students. When collecting or distributing materials to students, have 2 students or a student from each group of your doing groups, collect the materials. Also having them engage the whole time by asking them questions to check for understanding. Taxi then a special word or phrase to warn them when they are getting too loud and need to lower their voi...





Recent Public Collections by Melissa


Life cycle of Plants

6 Resources

The life cycle of plants, how they grow and if they need sunlight and water.



The Early Years: The Sun's Energy
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School, Informal Education


Science 101: How does photosynthesis work?
Type: Journal Article
Grade: Elementary School