Michelle Biddinger

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Recent Posts by Michelle

Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:01 PM in Magnets in Kinder
Hey Brenda, I am currently a preservice teacher, and I am taking a science methods course.  One of the chapters in our course textbook is dedicated to helping educators learn how to teach about magnetism using various fun and engaging activities.  You may want to consider some of these activities to use with your second kindergarten class.  The book is called Science Experiencers for the Early...

Tue Nov 13, 2018 2:08 PM in How do we get students interested in Science?
Hey Pedro,             I could not agree with you more when you comment how it can be difficult to get students interested in science.  I think that this is a challenge that many teachers face no matter what age group of students he/she educates.  I feel that one of the most effective ways to get students interested in science is to perform experiments and hands-on activities in the classroom ...

Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:32 PM in Teaching Lab Safety to Students
Hey Lizzy, It is very important to discuss lab safety with students because one of the main priorities that educators have is to keep students safe.  One activity that you can do is have students create a safety poster that can be hung in the classroom.  Many children love to express themselves through art; therefore, this will allow them to be creative while still learning a very important co...

Recent Reviews by Michelle

Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:13 PM
5 Engineering Encounters: What's The Buzz on Bees?
This is an excellent article that shows the positive relationship that exists between plants and honeybees in a clear and concise manner. Each suggested activity has a thorough description of how to complete each activity as well as provide accompanying pictures. Overall, the article provides educators with many great ideas on how to teach children about various aspects of plants, such as their parts as well as how honeybees pollinate them. What I like about this article is the many hands-on activities that are included, which allow children to explore plants and the process of pollination in a fun and engaging way, such as dissecting a flower and building a hand pollinator. What is also beneficial about the activity ideas is that they allow children to foster other skills, such as reading comprehension. For instance, educators read the story Flight of the Honeybee where students discuss and have to identify the beginning, middle, and end of the story. This article also does a great job providing activities that require children to think critically about the information they read and learn, which can help with cognitive development.

Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:09 PM
5 Cycling Through Plants Review
I feel that this is a great article to read because it provides a lot of valuable information and ideas that can easily be implemented in a classroom. One of the things that I really like is that the article provides many great examples of how students can be actively engaged when learning about the life cycle of plants, such as making a seed booklet, dissecting a seed, and planting a bean seed. These activity ideas are really beneficial for teachers who have kinesthetic learners in their classroom. I also like how the lessons use a more student-centered approach where students explore the different parts of a seed with a group or partner. This allows children to monitor their own learning as well as cooperatively work in groups. Also, the article does a great job explaining some challenges that can occur when having students complete the various activities, such as the students’ bean plants growing mold and/or not sprouting. It is very important that teachers are cognizant and plan for challenges and other mishaps to try to make sure that lessons go more smoothly and effectively. Furthermore, the lesson ideas in the article are well organized and connected. For example, in the beginning lesson, students create an observation booklet that they will be able to use for subsequent activities.

Recent Public Collections by Michelle

Resources that address the question, "What is a plant?"

8 Resources

This is a collection on the topic of plants. It includes various resources, such as lesson plans that teachers can implement as well as a study that helps teachers know how to address misconceptions students may have about plants.

Let's Plant: A Unit About Plant Anatomy, Growth, and Care
Type: User uploaded resource

Science and Plants for Schools
Type: User uploaded resource