Sara Kinyon


Kaelepulu Elementary

Recent Posts by Sara

Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:42 PM in What Does Inquiry Science Look like in Elementary Classrooms
Tara, I love the fishbowl activity idea. What a great way to make sure all students are involved. It also gives other students a chance to observe their classmates and truly listen to what is happening. Thanks for the wonderful idea! Sara

Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:59 PM in
Kelly, I love the idea of having them be geologists. They will love that! I know my second grade classroom does some investigations with rocks. They draw their rock and list its characteristic. They also weigh rocks and measure them too. I am a third grade teacher and I have to teach about Earth materials. I recently read two articles on the NSTA website about rocks and lesson plans that tie int...

Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:43 PM in What Does Inquiry Science Look like in Elementary Classrooms
I agree with all of you. I think of inquiry as when students are discovering through hands on learning experiences. They are developing their own questions and finding answers through experiences. The teacher would be there to prompt/guide them with questions (if needed). The teacher should be playing the role of the facilitator for the class. Maureen- I agree with how the classroom would soun...

Recent Reviews by Sara

Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:51 PM
4 Organisms grade K-4
The Organisms sciguide opened my eyes to the numerous resources available for teachers teaching science. I was able to use the sciguide to find lesson plans, graphics and interactive games to use within my classroom. The organisms sciguide was broken up into three main categories: Environment, Ecosystem and Community. Each category is broken up into subgroups which provide lesson plans, hands on activities, data, graphics, assessments and much more. Environment is split into two sections: Biomes links and Habitat Links. Ecosystem contains three sections: Behavior links, Population links and Food Web links. Lastly, Community is also split into three areas which are Animal Species, Plant Species and Life Cycles links.

Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:48 PM
5 Earth and Sky Grades K-4
The Earth and Sky sciguide provided me with wonderful resources that I never knew were available. I try to use interactive activities as much as possible because I use a SMART board in my classroom. This sciguide provided me with many interactive resources to use on the SMART board with my class. The Earth and Sky sciguide provided new creative lesson ideas and hands on activities that I can use or adapt for my classroom. I really enjoyed using the practice quiz about weather, water cycle and climate. The students used it as a tool for review before we took our final test. The Earth and Sky sciguide was broken up into two content areas. There was a “Changes in Earth and Sky” section and an “Objects in the Sky” section. Each section was broken down even farther with links to resources related to the main topic. “Changes in Earth and Sky” was broken down into two subjects: Gravity links and Seasons links. The “Objects in the Sky” was broken down into three categories: Moon links, planet links and sun links. Each section included lessons plans, hands on investigations, online interactivity, graphics, assessments, data sources, news and more.