Kristen Girch





Recent Posts by Kristen

Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:59 PM in Chesapeake Bay
I am attempting to create a 2 week lesson plan that provides and inquiry project of the Chesapeake Bay that connects it to interdependence of life and/or resources and human impact, any ideas of a great lesson plan? I have a few ideas already but could use some additional ideas to brain storm.

Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:17 AM in Getting Students Excited About Science
I would think experiments catch the attention of the students and keep their attention for the short period that you have to teach the information. It would be interesting to see what some experiments you have that the student could then take home and try. Could you share?

Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:52 PM in Life on Other Planets
I am currently a graduate student, and I was just given an assignment called "Invent an Alien" which I was given Mars to research and develop an alien who'd be able to live on the planet according to the structure of Mars as it is now. I was stumped so I started searching for ideas and found Flavio Mendez's, who gave us the assignment, post on the community board. You may want to look through th...

Recent Reviews by Kristen

Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:21 PM
3 Visual World
The connection between the “mind’s eye” and how we learn has always been fascinating to me, and I really enjoyed many of the examples that you have given, such as use of illustration in Children’s literature and validation of sight in order for comprehension and recall. I found it confusing that you mentioned using formal instruction with children to allow them to form mental images and learning by paying attention in text. I was unclear about how you may teach someone to visualize or imagine to create mental images in a formal aspect, and though illustration is a great aid in comprehension and understanding I’m not sure it should be the main point. This article was very well written and you touched on many subject areas where visual learning is important.

Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:14 PM
5 Perspective and Distance
I enjoy the fact that this piece uses a prompt question to provoke us as the reader to think about our answer just as we would do with student. I focused mainly on the Elementary aged portion of the reading in order to gather ways in which I would address the incredibly abstract thinking about the Universe and the Solar System. I think as a teacher I would try to look at perception and distance in our ever day life in order to show just how different an object can appear when it is far away. Using drawing and Earth-Moon-Sun system to begin the topic of Space seems appropriate for younger students. I was actually quite surprised about the depth of the middle school aged students, but many students are fascinated by our Universe and it’s best we allow them to learn as early as then are able.

Recent Public Collections by Kristen

Revised 2 week plan

11 Resources

Box Up Your Habitat
Type: Journal Article

Science Shorts: Ecosystem in a Jar
Type: Journal Article

2-Week Unit Plan

12 Resources

2 week unit plan - Genetics & Heredity and Nutrition

Type: User uploaded resource

Life Cycles and Inherited Traits
Type: SciGuide

Genetics and Heredity

7 Resources

Life Cycles and Inherited Traits
Type: SciGuide

Heredity and Variation
Type: SciGuide