Michael Leslie

Hi I'm a relatively new fifth grade teachers trying to make school for fun and educational for my students.




Manana Elementary

Recent Posts by Michael

Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:11 PM in End of the Science Lesson reflections
Reflections really do give me an insight on what is working with the students and what isn't working. My state is also putting a bigger emphasis on formative assessments and reflections can be used as one. I even do a quick count of raised hands to test the students' water for understanding. I sometimes give short quizzes as well to make sure no one is being left behind or if I have a part time...

Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:58 PM in CCSS and NGSS
Having debates in class is always happening, unfortunately most of the time they are not productive and without support. I also agree that choosing a point and defending it with evidence is a very important life skill. When I have time I have students do this with their math homework. They present the problem show how they came to their solution and if another math group disagrees then defend i...

Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:49 PM in iPads in the classroom
I have heard from some friends that they might also be getting iPads for their classrooms as well but I have reservations for my class unless there is proper training. Like at my school the principal is great with finding funds to get mac-books for every class but I think there should be a training program for the students to use pages or spreadsheets properly. I find that i need to use entire cl...

Recent Reviews by Michael

Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:12 PM
5 Another Great Pack of Resources.
I found this Sci-Guide to be ver insightful and helpful to my class and I when learning about Heredity. While I knew I had a basic understanding of how traits were passed down genetically his Sci-guide provided many great lessons and ideas which benefited my teaching. In Addition, the Sci-Guide gave many useful resources like links to other websites and resources which provided even more support for my students. The baby building lesson went right with what I wanted to teach my students about why we have the eye and hair color we do in addition to other traits we are born with. I also found the student samples to very helpful with assessments for myself and the students. I know that I will use this resource again in the future if it is available to add just a little more to my lessons.

Wed May 02, 2012 4:58 PM
4 Nice Resource can be used with other incets
When I was looking for a Sci-guide I was looking for something that would relate more to the topic I was covering which was termites. This Sci-gude focuses on butterflies but there was an section on insect and there life cycles. The resources on this Sci-guide were more information for the students which was enough for them to complete their project and assignments. Again this is a great website and I hope it is continued to be offered to the teachers in Hawaiia s wella s the rest of the country.

Wed May 02, 2012 4:46 PM
4 Good resource
This was a pretty good resource to help support my lesson with my fifth graders. While I wasn't able to use all of the material the information I got from this Sci-guide was very helpful to me. As I stated I didn't use the guide directly but it did guide me in the information that I taught them. The student enjoyed the websites linked in the Sci-guide especially the energy ant. This entire site and the Sci-packs and guides are a great help to me and I'm sure to many teachers.