Denise Karratti

Grade 4 teacher


Kekaha Elementary

Recent Posts by Denise

Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:57 PM in Planets
The last I heard, Pluto was dethroned as a planet. This would mean those fun little mnemonic devices used to remember the order of the planets will have to be adjusted. Below is a link an article National Geographic put out back in 2006.

Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:52 PM in The Lorax
I haven't used The Lorax book yet, but was planning to in 3rd quarter. I wanted students to see the parallels between The Lorax and the sandalwood trade that occurred in Hawaii. I was looking to make it an integrated unit, with science and language arts. I'd like students to be able to identify who might be the Lorax in the sandalwood situation, who might be the Onceler etc. Since we are currently...

Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:43 PM in Did you see the moon tonight?
Maybe after students understand what causes the different moon phases to occur, you could do a "backwards" activity that would demonstrate how much of that concept they really got. Perhaps you could show them a moon calendar. Hawaiians used them for planting and fishing. Based on the moon calendar, students could identify their observations and then based on their observations create inferences of...

Recent Reviews by Denise

Tue Nov 06, 2012 2:36 PM
5 Resources Abound!
Although the content is aimed at the high school level, there is still a lot of information that can be used at the elementary level. The SciGuide map helps you navigate easily through the various resources. There are 3 main themes: earthquakes, plate tectonics, and volcanoes. Under each theme, there are subcategories. Each subcategory features both teacher websites and student websites. A computer center could easily be setup so that students can explore these sites on their own. The visuals are extremely helpful. For example, one link led me to Exploratorium, where there were photographs and graphics used to teach seismic science. I especially thought the Oreo cookie model used to explain subduction was cute and yummy, a perfect activity for 4th graders! Another link led me to the National Science Foundation website which had a report on what happens after a tsunami. It provided feedback from scientists on location. Another site from NSTA had students plotting earthquakes using longitude and latitude data. This would make a great extension activity for those students who are looking for ways to show “exceeding” performance.

Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:19 AM
5 Solid Resource
This SciPack is very informative. It provides great information on plate tectonics by walking you through a history of how today's understandings were developed. It was interesting to see how the theories such as continental drift evolved years ago, and yet it took many years later for technology to finally prove these hunches. The simulations and visuals play a critical role in increasing your understanding. So, sit back and enjoy learning about plate tectonics! Although you may not teach all of the material provided to your students, the depth of information definitely provides you, the teacher, extra confidence.