Cheri Alonzo

After teaching 3 years of 8th grade ELA, I am teaching 8th grade Earth Science and 8th grade Social Studies.




Keaau Middle School

Recent Posts by Cheri

Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:14 PM in Movies in Science
P.S. I really liked Vincent's idea of showing The Core as the worst science movie. That would definitely give the students a chance to apply what they have learned! I'll keep it on the side if I need something at the very end of the year. There is nothing worse than a class of kids with nothing to do. It gets tricky at the end as many of the 8th graders are just "done." The Core could help get t...

Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:10 PM in Movies in Science
I wanted to also thank everyone for all the great ideas for Movies in Science! I also used movie sheet data base and it gave me good ideas to start with. It was a little tricky to figure out how I could integrate into my lesson. It's gotten easier thanks to all the sharing of ideas. I do appreciate - c.

Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:51 PM in Understanding the Vastness of Space
Thank you Harvey - awesome scale of the universe. Thank you too Juliet for your videos and link to another awesome scale. I loved it. My students will be doing a year end project - creating a class solar system. I want them to have most of the period to work, but wanted to get them going in the beginning with a short something - the activities that you all shared will be perfect. These are rea...

Recent Reviews by Cheri

Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:45 AM
5 Solar System SciGuide
As a new teacher, I found the Solar System SciGuide especially helpful. It was like a "one-stop shop". It had everything needed to give me background information in formulating my understanding to help me create informative and engaging lessons. The topic "Solar System" is such a huge topic. The initial introduction given in the SciGuide was concise and easy to understand. I liked how additional information was broken into separate sections - bullets to the side-each with a short summary. I follow benchmarks that focus on certain aspects of the solar system. The bullet sections helped me to deal with just that topic - complete with lesson plan ideas, additional resources, audio clips, samples of student work, and a link to the NSTA community forums. The site is easy to navigate and because the information is so well organized, it is not overwhelming. There is alot of information. The language was easy to understand, as I was learning the information for myself. The lesson plans were great and allowed me to get a good grasp of how to teach a lesson, and able to modify for my student needs. Everything needed in one place for a successful lesson.

Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:29 AM
5 Rocks
This was an awesome Guide! I am glad I chose this one. I am teaching Earth Science for the first time, and am spending alot of time searching for information. This week I am teaching Rocks and Minerals. This site had it all - The lesson plan included complete instructions with the rock cycle diagram, student work sheets, web resources, and my favorite part - a game. There were interactive activities and easy to understand information about rocks. I would highly recommend this Science Guide. It's complete and easy enough to follow for teachers without an extensive science background.

Recent Public Collections by Cheri


1 Resources

Air Mass Matters: Creating a Need-to-Know
Type: Book Chapter