Bridget Simmons

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Recent Posts by Bridget

Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:46 PM in Weather and Elementary
One activity that I think would be really fun for elementary school is completing a tree journal. We are currently doing this in my Science Instruction course and I know it is something that I will use in the future. It requires the student to take a picture of a tree every time they observe is, record the time and date, and to take note of the weather and changes. This could be used to note chang...

Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:25 AM in Weather and Elementary
I think that a really efficient and interesting way to teach weather in elementary school is to make it very hands on and visual. For example, I always liked it when my teachers did the activity with the tornado in a bottle. Also, taking "field trips" outside or to the window to observe the weather is effective and having children keep journals of what they see outside over the course of the year ...

Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:22 AM in Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
In order to remedy this issue of having very little time to teach such important concepts, I think it is crucial for the teacher to make learning meaningful and be able to manage time efficiently. I would also try to link those lessons to whatever lessons precede and follow it by making smooth transitions that incorporate the material learned.

Recent Reviews by Bridget

Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:54 PM
5 Informative Exercise!
Though vigorous, I felt as though this was a great and informative exercise. I recall learning a lot of these concepts when I was in elementary school, but had forgotten many of the specifics-it was a fun way to brush up on some solar system facts!

Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:44 PM
5 Informative article!
I thought that this article was thought-provoking in how it went into detail about dispelling stereotypes that teachers have about scientists. It enabled me to realize what I had been experiencing throughout my elementary education, which I will make sure to avoid emulating.

Recent Public Collections by Bridget

Discovering Trees: Not Just a Walk in the Park!
Type: Journal Article

CSI for Trees
Type: Journal Article

2 Week Unit Plan: The Water Cycle and the Environment

9 Resources

Here is a list of resources that I have found helpful in the development of my 2 week unit plan on the water cycle and the surrounding environment.

Does That Life Science Resource Really Meet the NGSS .pptx
Type: User uploaded resource

Type: User uploaded resource

2 week unit resources

to use for 2 week unit project in EDUC 421