Nicky Durband

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Recent Posts by Nicky

Thu May 10, 2012 12:48 AM in bulletin boards
Hannah, I agree that fact quilts are a wonderful idea for bulletin boards. I recently taught a language arts/ science interdisciplinary lesson about the plight of baby elephants in Africa that are being orphaned because of poaching. The students created a wonderful fact quilt about the orphanages, the ivory trade, and general facts about elephants. Having the quilt up has inspired the students t...

Thu May 10, 2012 12:24 AM in student teacher needs help with weather and climate
Marie, If you would like to include computers in your teachings about weather, here are some interesting interactive websites about weather. The following site provides several links to student- friendly web sites about weather. You can also ex...

Thu May 10, 2012 12:08 AM in Human Body - Inquiry Based Learning???
Brenda, I also found this to be a helpful resource when investigating what type of stations I wanted to include in my Bones, Joints, and Muscles Workshop. I debated whether or not to use the activity about how exercise affects your most important muscle in your body, the heart. I chose to keep the workshop activities mostly connected to the skeletal system, but I will use the activity in Teachin...

Recent Reviews by Nicky

Mon Jul 04, 2011 11:58 AM
5 The possibilities are endless!
The activity in this article really emphasizes taking students out into nature and connecting their real world environment to what they are learning in class. So many children today do not have the opportunity to explore and learn from nature by going outside and experiencing nature first hand and with. This activity, which is designed around the 5E model, is completely adaptable to any grade level and any type of environment. There are also suggestions as to how to use math and language arts activities to communicate findings. This is a really nice lesson plan with endless possibilities to expand and build upon.

Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:20 PM
5 Pets, Pets, and More Pets
In this article, "Learning Genetics with Paper Pets", author Valery Raunig Finnerty gives an example of a classroom activity that will work alongside a unit about genetics for middle school students. It involves the use of paper pets that start out with five homozygous traits. Students then use their knowledge gained in the classroom to create F1 and F2 generations. At this point, genetic mutations are introduced by the teacher to go into further depth. I really enjoyed this article and would use it in my own classroom. Finnerty did a great job explaining very detailed, step by step instructions, and she also provided templates and charts to use. Finally, she showed ways to extend this activity into a unit about natural selection and evolution. What a fun, hands-on activity that will benefit all learners, especially visual learners.

Sat Jun 11, 2011 2:51 PM
5 Valuable Science Tool
In this article, "How do we know protons, electrons, and quarks really exist?", Bill Robertson explains that there are many occasions in science that the discussion is about an object or a concept that cannot be seen. The author uses a great analogy by having the reader imagine being in a dark room, chained to a chair, with only a pile of rocks at one's disposal. With the rocks, Robertson explains, one could get an idea of the size of the room and where a door might be located by throwing the rocks in all directions. When trying to find out what atoms might look like, scientists had to perform many experiments to support their theories. Explaining the "dark room" analogy to students is a great way to open up discussion in the classroom about scientific findings that are not always obvious. I think it is a valuable tool in challenging the students to think beyond what they can see.