Brenda Velasco

I am a 3rd grade teacher at St. Elizabeth Seton Elementary School in Rapid City, SD. I also taught 4th grade here for two years. Prior to that I taught in a bilingual kindergarten classroom in Pasco, WA. I was raised in Neenah, Wisconsin, lived in Washington State for 15 years, and moved to South Dakota 4 years ago. I love teaching! I was a journalist before I decided to get my teaching certificate and use my writing background a lot in the classroom. I have a Bachelor's of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master of Teaching from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. in 2016 I was one of 154 teachers chosen nationwide to attend the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy in Jersey City, NJ. It was a huge honor and one of the best professional development opportunities I've ever been given. In my spare time I like to hike with my fiance, read, play with my dog, and read.



Recent Posts by Brenda

Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:20 PM in Electricity/Energy lesson ideas for 4th grade
Hello,  I'm trying to help a fellow teacher find some good resources and interactive lessons on energy/electricity for 4th grade. A while ago one of my Science and Children magazines had a great article on this topic but I cannot find the article. If anyone has any ideas that I could pass on I would really appreciate it. Thank you very much in advanced!

Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:13 PM in Engagement
I do highly recommend the 5E lesson plan that the others suggested. Also, make sure you look at your science standards for that grade and create some learning targets/learning objectives that you want to acheive when doing the activity. I may also use a guiding questions which hopefully will be answered. Do you use science journals? I taught kindergarten and we used science journals a lot. They w...

Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:06 PM in Science Guests
Every year we invite a local meteorologist to come speak to our third graders during the weather unit. They love it. Most of the time they'll bring a video camera and show it on the local news that evening.  Someone mentioned parents which is a great resource. Also, community sponsors also love to come to schools as well. It would also be a good idea to reach out to local colleges in town to see ...