Kelly Asato

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Recent Posts by Kelly

Tue Nov 06, 2012 11:09 PM in 2nd Graders-Animals (Owl Pellets)
I have taught owl pellet dissections with my fourth graders. They loved assembling the bones of eaten/ digested animals. Referring to food webs/ food chains and the dependence of plants and animals upon each other is a great way to review what was learned in previous grade levels. I teach second grade now and haven't tried owl pellets with the students, but it is a great idea that I wouldn'...

Fri Oct 26, 2012 3:24 AM in Incorporating Engineering for Elementary School Students
I love the idea that Margaret posted about The Boston Museum of Science's program, "Engineering is Elementary, and Family Engineering." I took a look on the website and found the ideas wonderful and doable for elementary students. Too bad you have to purchase the program, but it has given me some idea on how to incorporate STEM into my elementary class. My job now is finding resources that ...

Thu Oct 04, 2012 12:24 AM in How Is the Common Core Affecting Science Instruction in Elementary Classrooms?
Wow! Thank you for the insightful advice! :) I will try this with my second graders. :D I will check out the articles that you suggested as well. :) I did attend one Write Way workshop, so I am curious how they will tie this into Science. :D Thank you again! :D

Recent Reviews by Kelly

Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:07 AM
4 Life Cycle
Wonderful interactive/ kid friendly sites for elementary students. Easy to read and navigate to find information. Great suggestions of where to find information. I enjoyed the BBC websites suggested.

Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:52 AM
4 Targeting 2nd Graders
I did enjoy looking through the Cell Division and Differentiation SciGuide. Most of the information did not pertain to the second grade level that I am teaching, but I found some sites and information rather useful. For the second grade level, I would focus on all living organisms are made up of cell and that all organisms started as a single cell. This interactive tour of a cell from would keep second graders captivated. I would also mention that cells together can create organs and organs help an organism function. In thinking of health, I recommend the Save Your Skin website from this SciGuide: Our first line of defense is important and since Hawaii has a great deal of sunshine, I felt it was important for students to understand the importance of protecting their skin from the sun’s harmful rays. This site includes activities and a short video/ interactive clip. In focusing on the skin, I also found another website, Click onto Sensory Systems: The Skin and its Sensory Receptors. There is a brief blurb about what the skin is, four different types of skin, and information of the various skin receptors. This site also includes other Sensory Systems: teeth, eye, ear, nose, and tongue.

Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:04 AM
5 Elementary Rocks
Rocks SciGuide has three major themes: 1) Formation of Rocks, 2) History of Rocks, and Soil. This SciGuide is targeted for middle school students, but what I found most helpful are various resources for primary elementary school students, since I teach 2nd grade. Reader of Rocks is a great introduction of what a geologist does. Common Misconceptions About Rocks and Minerals under Formation of Rocks is a must read for teachers to understand misconceptions that their students may be coming in with and the truth behind each misconception. The website, , is an interactive website that provides simple activities for students to observe types of rocks, how rocks change, the rock cycle, as well a test at the end (useful for upper elementary). Interactive Rock cycle Animation from Exploring Earth helps students to easily envision the process of the rock cycle. The website,, has a well-developed lesson for second grade looking at the properties of rocks. This website has ISM Geology Online GeoGallery which provides a database of information and photographs for 101 selected rocks from the museum’s collection. I will use School Yard Geology in my class and go on a rock hunt, then take the rocks/clasts back to observe their physical properties. Rocks Made to Order,, helps students to see how rocks are mined and our uses for rocks. This website holds wonderful video clips and information varying from the solar system, plate tectonics and volcanoes, rocks and mining, and gems and minerals. I highly recommend this site…A great resource for teachers to refer to.