Ashley Mancuso

I am currently a prospective teacher completing my MAT in Elementary Education at UMBC. I have a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art in Illustration and graduated from MICA in 2009. I enjoy hiking, cooking, reading, writing and above all, learning and hope to gain the skills and knowledge to foster a positive atmosphere about education in my future classroom.



Recent Posts by Ashley

Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:51 PM in Written in the Stars: Winter is Coming
Matthew, Thanks so much for this post! I had just gone to the Maryland Science Center for one of my classes, and visited the Planetarium for the show "The Sky Live" which basically projected the current night sky up on the domed screen. It was so interesting learning about 'winter' and 'summer' constellations, and I even learned that we can see, with proper darkness, the Andromeda Galaxy with ou...

Sun Nov 02, 2014 1:49 PM in Weather and Elementary
Magaly, That is a really great idea! I didn't even think about animals, but they are such an interest for young children! It could also lead to discussions about other science topics, like why are polar bears so what and furry? How are other animals, like seals and penguins, able to live in areas that are really cold?

Sun Nov 02, 2014 1:47 PM in Weather and Elementary
Arille, I actually found that even 1st graders are sometimes confused by the differences in seasons. I work at a Preschool right now, and something they do that is helpful is talking about what type of clothing you would wear in each season, and then talk about what attributes of the season cause us to make these decisions about what to wear or not to wear. Bringing in actually clothes and havi...

Recent Reviews by Ashley

Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:29 AM
5 Giving Children the Whole Story
I feel like as a country we have this obsession for candy-coating everything for children, and this article definitely points this out in a different light. I will be planning a life cycle lesson for my internship in the first grade, and I was thinking about how to demonstrate the 'death' aspect of the life cycle. Thanks to the activity in this article, I think I have found a way to demonstrate it in at least the plant kingdom. I think the more students understand that death is a part of life, the better equipped they will be when having to inevitably witness it in their lifetime. Using a plant instead of an animal is a smart choice for young children, who usually grow attached to species that are ‘alive’ to them, so seeing a plant die will not be as detrimental as seeing a frog or butterfly they have raised from a ‘baby’ die before their eyes.

Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:00 AM
5 Wonderful Teachable Moment
This article was a refreshing view of the importance for tangible, real life connections to science concepts for children, especially young children. This article showed how much there is to learn about one topic, the life cycle of a frog, and how this single science concept can be crossed to different content areas. Students learned from books, wrote and drew for observations, created sculptures of frogs, built an outdoor habitat and even an indoor habitat, and worked on math skills such as estimation. I thought that the activities, which included a field trip and eventually creating a permanent pond habitat, were well researched an implemented, and the assessments administered (picture cards) were appropriate and showed how much more solidified a child’s understanding of a topic can be with hands-on experience. The only thing I would have added to this project, since it took place over a long period of time, would be to demonstrate the life cycle throughout the plant/animal kingdom, so students understand that every organism goes through changes.

Recent Public Collections by Ashley


6 Resources

Drawing on Students' Knowledge
Type: Journal Article

Science Sampler: Why we have seasons and other common misconceptions
Type: Journal Article


2 Resources

Science 101: What Is Gravity?
Type: Journal Article

Gravity Racers
Type: Journal Article


14 Resources

Miniature Sleds, Go, Go, Go!
Type: Journal Article

Science 101: Are there different types of force and motion?
Type: Journal Article