Michelle Mattern

I am an English major, also completing the elementary education program.





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Recent Posts by Michelle

Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:20 AM in Genetics Activity
One thing that I think would be really cool for 7th graders to do for genetics would be a "build an alien" project. I remember doing a "draw an alien" assignment in middle school in which basically your students roll die and follow a worksheet to determine their alien's traits. For my assignment I had to just draw the alien, but I think it would be cool to have your students create a 3D model. T...

Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:25 PM in Halloween Science
I love the idea of connecting science to the holidays, especially Halloween because it really makes the kids interested. One idea that I think would be a very cool science experiment to do with some older elementary kids is Pumpkin Smashing, using homemade catapults! This project would probably start the week before Halloween. The students get into teams and each team gets 3 mini pumpkins and they...

Wed Oct 22, 2014 2:18 PM in Time Management
Time management is really difficult to judge, and ultimately it will differ depending on the group of kids that you are working with. I have done the same exact lesson with two very different groups of kids, and it took one group less time than I had planned, while the other group struggled to finish on time. I think that a good solution is to have an ongoing activity, project, journal entries, ...

Recent Reviews by Michelle

Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:18 AM
5 Great Interactive Project for STEM Standards
This article is about using the popular children’s game, Angry Birds, to teach STEM concepts. This is an activity in which the students are building their own, real-life Angry Birds game. First, the students are integrating and analyzing interdisciplinary connections between almost all of the STEM disciplines. They are focusing on engineering principals in regards to trajectory, force, and projectile. Mathematically, they are working with angles, measurements, and numbers when keeping score. It uses an informal version of the scientific method and has data sheets for the students to record their findings. Technology is incorporated in having a social media student discussion afterwards. In addition to all of that, this entire activity is completely inquiry based. The students learn new vocabulary related to these topics, communicate effectively their ideas and findings, and analyze the STEM information they are gathering. They also have to engage in logical reasoning and critical thinking for this activity, along with applying STEM content to construct creative and innovative ideas. The students are also being encouraged to collaborate as a STEM team because this is a group activity that requires a lot of communication and making sense of others’ STEM-related ideas. My only concern would be the level of complexity for the younger grade levels - because of the more technical aspects of it, I think it would be better suited for an older group than discussed in the article.

Thu Oct 30, 2014 3:07 AM
5 Great Article for Weather Ideas
This article describes a weather research project in which a third grade class studies weather and focuses on a technical understanding of the tools and methods used to forecast future atmospheric conditions. The article says that this activity combines science content on severe weather with the engineering design process. The teacher actually goes outside with the class and creates their own weather simulations. This aligns with MD State Standards very well and the research, data collection, and written assignments that go along with the interactive aspects are all explained very well and this is something I would love to do myself! Highly recommended article!

Recent Public Collections by Michelle

2 Week Lesson Plan Collection - Pumpkin Chuckin

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This collection is related to a 2 week Catapult lesson plan that will end with catapulting mini pumpkins as teams with homemade catapults. These resources will help me with the design of the catapult building lesson and on the background knowledge that will need to be taught.

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Classroom Catapults
Type: Journal Article