Tracie O'Keefe




Lihikai Elementary School

Recent Posts by Tracie

Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:48 PM in Rocks Lesson
Last week I taught my lesson on rocks to my students. I started off with definition cards with pictures and examples to help them to better understand the different types of rocks. I also front loaded information about rocks before I presented the actual lesson by using our science textbook during reading center time. In the teacher group, we read the chapter on rocks, took notes, and completed...

Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:03 PM in Plate Tectonics
I started a new SciPack today on Earth's Changing Surface. I have always had a facination with how the plate tectonics work and why earthquakes occur. It is also something that is very relevant to what is happening in the world today (especially after the tsunami watch last weekend). I can explain to the students in more detail now about why and how things are happening. I hope to pass on the ...

Mon Oct 15, 2012 2:08 AM in Earth and Moon Lesson
During my student teaching, the students were given an assignment to do over the summer. They were to create a night sky journal which would have them go outside daily and observe the night sky as well as what they could see, hear, feel, smell, and possibly taste (depends if they were eating something while they were doing their observation). They were to use adjectives that were creative and co...

Recent Reviews by Tracie

Tue Nov 06, 2012 1:42 PM
5 Rocks
This SciGuide is great! It presents the material on how rocks are formed, the history of rocks, and how soil is made from rocks, in a way that it is scaffolded for the students so they can better understand it. It will take several days to teach each topic, but the results will be worth the time. There are great animations and simulations to help solidify these challenging concepts. The level of questionning is high for my third graders but it is better to expose them to higher level questionning to better prepare them for the grades to come.