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Field Trips | Posted in Elementary Science

Last school year I was able to bring Marine science students (3 classes ) to coconut island in kaneohe, HI.  THey have a wonderful lab set up where students are able to view plankton under high magnifications as well as an opportunity to sort therough a sample of ocean into the many species. They also got to see the shark enclosures.    The students said it was a life changing experience.  Our 9th grade biology students were able to go to Papahana kuaola also in Kaneohe where they were able to work in the taro patch and collect invasive frogs fromt he stream.  

Now virtual trips may be available as well to be able to explore over seas.  THe feeling you get traveling with your classmates is second to none.  


Jasmine Mathew

Teaching about observable features of animals | Posted in Early Childhood

Hi Guys!

I am a preservice teacher who is trying to plan some lessons out about how to explain to students about grouping plants and animals according to observable features. I have a few activites planned, but I am struggling to think of different activities to do to help with teaching them. Providing reasons for them is really difficult for me to think of how to come about that.

Thanks!


Victoria Wang

Chem for those who do not like it | Posted in Chemistry

Hi! I think you have hit the reason for NGSS right on the head! The phenomenon approach to learning is what drives those students in the classroom. When teachers engage their students with phenomena they have a true curiosity or interest in the interest levels in the classroom drive up. Students are shifting from this rote memorization or even just learning content in isolation; to having a role and a mission of trying to figure something out. Chemistry is especially daunting in isolation. When you give students a task, then build a story around that task where now they need to know this information to complete the task. They will be more engaged. The hardest part is choosing a phenomenon that fits your students. You should figure out what are they interested in. What are things that would hook them? Once you get to know your students more you will know the types of phenomenon’s that will drive them.


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