Nicki Hill

From Salem, Oregon now living and working in Tucson, AZ teaching 4th grade. My goal is to transition to as much integrated, hands-on, student-centered lessons as possible.




Desert Willow Elementary

Recent Posts by Nicki

Sat Nov 21, 2015 4:01 PM in STEM and Other Topics
I agree with Deborah! The Picture Perfect Science series gives you lesson outlines that are very hands-on and tells you which book can be incorporated as a read-aloud or close reading.  I also like to find "expert" scientists in the different fields which we study and learn about those scientists. One example is from our recent electricity unit. We studied Nikola Tesla through books like "Nikko...

Recent Reviews by Nicki

Sat Jul 25, 2015 2:08 PM
5 Real-World Science Communication
This article takes a common-sense look at the value of writing in science. It uses examples from the past with scientists discussing and disagreeing, and how that has helped us going forward. There are examples of open-ended questions to pose to students to encourage positive criticism and collaboration. These examples can be used to help explain to students why we must record and analyze our findings.

Recent Public Collections by Nicki

Animal and Plant Cells

6 Resources

Resources for teaching all about animal and plant cells

Cells and Chemical Reactions
Type: SciPack

Cell Structure and Function
Type: SciPack