Erin Mendelson

I grew up on Oahu. I attended various schools in town. I went to college in New York City. I love to travel to new places.



Recent Posts by Erin

Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:22 AM in STEM & Special Education
Hi Ann, I know your post is from January, but I thought I would reply. My school has been conducting STEM training during school hours three times a semester. All science and math teachers take a subday to attend these trainings. Although, 40 to 60% of the information offered through our resource teachers in useful, my classroom turns into a circus. I support the move towards increasing emph...

Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:09 AM in Teaching Genetics/Heredity to Students with Special Needsw
Hi Ashley, I teach special education to seventh graders in an inclusion setting as well. The unit on genetics was challenging; however, we provided a myriad of learning activities. We conducted a debate about nurture vs. nature and the Scopes trial (for evolution). Many of my students are kinesthetic learners and learn best by composing their own arguments and debating. The grade is based mos...

Sat Nov 03, 2012 4:19 AM in Incorporating Movies
Hi Randall, I have to ask: What is the experiment with spaghetti and a marshmallow? Last year we did a marshmallow experiment with our seventh graders to demonstrate child development. We gave eat student a marshmallow and a challenge. We said, if you can wait ten minutes and not eat your marshmallow, we will give you a second one to have as well. Most student in seventh grade can handle the...

Recent Reviews by Erin

Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:56 PM
4 4 Cs
The SciGuide titled Science of Food Safety has several informative links to great resources for developing a lesson plan. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has silly videos that could be used to introduce the 4Cs of food safety. Each video features a hyperbole of the maxims to clean, separate, cook and chill. The Iowa State University site offered a YUCK section with images of live bacteria cultures sampled from actual kitchens and eateries. The fast food lesson that teaches best practices for workers is relevant for many high school students who may consider afterschool or summer jobs. I would have liked to see a lesson plan the allows students to research and explore the flow of food from the farm to table. Many students do not see a connection or the importance of farms in their everyday lives. Many students do not even know what a carrot, tomato or onion plant looks like. I think teaching about the use of antibiotics, organic vs. nonorganic, and the conditions of animal farms ties into food safety. I may have my students create a flow map that follows a certain food product from farm to table.

Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:51 PM
5 Field Trip to the Moon
NASA's Field Trip to the Moon program is inspiring. Students solve and develop on plan to land and build a sustainable habitat on the moon. Students will find solutions to such problems as the lack of oxygen and water, the need to produce food, and medical needs. Students will be wrapped up in this hypothetical situation and incorporate their book knowledge to create a plan. This program requires real life skills of negotiation, team work, brainstorming, experimenting and presenting. I look forward to building this program into my curriculum map next year.

Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:59 PM
4 Great Student Sites
This Sci Guide had terrific interactive student games. I particularly likes Analyzing an Ecosystem where students would click on biotic and biotic factors. The students articles also provided great printable sources of information geared towards middle school readers. The lesson plan that takes students outside of the classroom to examine a small patch of land is easy to conduct and refreshing for students. The PBS lesson on how long it takes to double the world's population came with great pdf files. It was overwhelming; I would jigsaw the lesson so that each group shares their information with the class to be combined to a grand total. The PBS site had other great links!