Ann Kennedy

I am a student with a major in elementary education. I will be student teaching in the fall of 2012. This profile picture was taken at the beautiful and amazing Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island!


Southern Illinois University

Recent Posts by Ann

Tue May 01, 2012 3:58 PM in Nutrition
I am following up on Justine’s post regarding our food and nutrition workshop. We used a “My-Plate” pre and post assessment to compare students’ prior knowledge with newly acquired understandings from the workshop. Students could also synthesize what they have learned by writing a persuasive essay using new vocabulary and key concepts. The fifth graders I have been observing recently responded...

Sun Apr 15, 2012 11:47 PM in Nutrition
Great suggestion about the school gardens, Crystal. This is something I would also like to try in my future classroom concerning health and nutrition, the environment, and life science. It also got me thinking about Slow Food USA, which has a great tab about starting school gardens: This link features a nice PDF with t...

Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:06 PM in Nutrition
I really appreciate the great ideas and resources throughout this nutrition discussion thread! I am currently a pre-service teacher creating a “Food & Nutrition” workshop with colleagues for our science methods course. We are using the FOSS Food & Nutrition science kit as previously described by Dawn N. My particular station activity will focus on the analysis of vitamin and mineral content in ...

Recent Reviews by Ann

Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:46 AM
5 Visual Literacy and Reading Comprehension
I really like the various strategies for reading comprehension discussed within this collection. Three great examples of "Found Poems" created by first grade students are featured in the article "Primary Students and Informational Texts". The students can add illustrations to the poems and share them with classmates. The literacy connections will certainly enhance student understandings.