Liliana Garza

I am a Tyler, Texas native. I attend university of Texas of Tyler as a Education major. I love the idea of becoming an educator and I can not wait to see where my education takes me. Currently I am early childhood to 6th grade major and hope one day to try different grades and majors related to education. :)

Recent Posts by Liliana

Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:12 PM in suggestions for experiments in Kindergarten
I am currently in a Kindergarten classroom. I have found trouble keeping their attention during science time. I want to do some experiments to engage them as learners but I am not sure what kind of experiments would be safe for a kindergarten classroom. Any suggestions? :)





Recent Reviews by Liliana


Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:12 PM
5 Big and small seeds
This article is great for introducing the plant cycle. The article calls for an assessment that probes big and small seeds. I believe it is great because it introduces the idea of asking questions, testing their hypothesis, and then proving their theory with media and text. This article has introduced me to the idea of P-E-O which is the students predicting their outcome by electing a classmate that they agree with and they will work together to test and explain their predictions. This is wonderful because it introduces teamwork and sharing. This would be a great introduction to the fourth grade TEK 4.10.C. because the TEK is about exploring and comparing different life cycles and since they already have to compare two different seeds they can also illustrate and describe the two completely different plants and their life cycles.


Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:10 PM
5 A week in space
I really enjoyed this article because it broke down a great topic throughout a whole week, and it also has many different activities for different grade levels. I learned how to use journals in different ways rather than only reflections which is what I am accustomed to using interactive journals for. In this article the author used the journals as investigation journals. This allows students to document each day by writing not only conclusions, but future questions, drawing with labels, and so on. Not only did the author find different ways to use a journal in a science class but he gives a great description on how to explain to your students how to organize their journal. In the article the author recommends for the teachers to allow the upper elementary students to create a plant brochure which is a great way to integrate language arts into science and a great TEK for fifth graders is 5.12.B. This TEK allows students to compose an informational text about one topic, in this case it would be about either one planet or the whole solar system. I believe it would be up to the teacher themselves. Another great TEK would be 1.8.B. because it focuses on students to record and observe the changes of the moon, and an idea that the author gave for the lower grades is allowing students to observe the moon and record what it looks like on a calendar. This will be great for when it is time to introduce moon phases. I agree with the idea of expanding the topic earth, sun, and moon throughout a whole week for any grade, just because it is a lot of information to take in and if students had a week to just focus on this topic they will be able to master this topic.


Tue Apr 14, 2020 6:08 PM
5 solar energy cycle
I loved this article because it went in depth on how to conduct a successful experiment over the solar energy cycle. It was well organized and I really enjoyed how the author broke down each day for the “we do”, “I do”, and “you do” part of a lesson. Now, even in sixth grade there are still many students that are confused on how energy heat works on Earth. Many students still believe that we receive direct heat from the sun, but with this article a sixth grade teacher will be able to correct her students and might even spark a new interest in solar energy. One great TEK for this article could be 6.2.B. Since the students can expect to implement the experiment, make observations, and ask well defined questions, which is exactly what the author recommends the teacher to expect their students to do. Another great TEK is 6.2.E because students are expected to communicate their conclusions and explanations with data. On day six, students are doing their final conclusion and answering any questions by using the data they collected. Lastly, I completely agree with the idea of allowing each person in each group to have a job, this keeps the work equal and keeps all the students focused everyday of the experiment and during the final stages of the group work.






Recent Public Collections by Liliana


my choice

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The Crosswicks Creek Caper: A third-grade geology investigation
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The Building Blocks of Geology
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assessments

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Beyond Paper and Pencil Assessments
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Seamless Assessment
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Poetry and the Environment: Poetry enhances children's study of the environment and provides a link with science and the language arts
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"Clued In" to Their Environment
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