Nichole Montague

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Recent Posts by Nichole

Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:40 PM in Teaching Cell Parts in a "fun way"?
I love this forum! I have found so many good ideas and am excited about next time I get to teach about cells. I loved the idea about making a model of cells out of fruit. I used candy and cookies for my students and allowed them to eat it, but with the new DOE Nutrition guidelines, that is not the best thing to be doing in the classroom. We also have a new "Fruits and Vegetables" program where...

Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:09 PM in Teaching Cell Parts in a "fun way"?
Hi Loren, I just did a couple lesson with my students. I broke it down over 3 days. They got to look at and handle models of cells and various books and online resources prior to the culminating activity of making edible cells. I have included a link below to a video of an elementary school teacher's cell lesson. I thought there were some really great ideas and my students were really thril...

Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:37 PM in Hands-On Cells Laboratories Anyone?
Hi Rochelle, Thanks for posting this question. I was looking for exciting cell ideas a couple months ago and several people shared some good ideas with me. I am still interested in learning about any good lessons that I could incorporate into my curriculum to make it more engaging! I would recommend looking at another community forum titled "Cell Division and Differentiation" - there are alo...

Recent Reviews by Nichole

Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:58 PM
4 Cell Division and Differnetiation Review
This SciGuide was a great source of information for mitosis and had an interesting lesson involving creating flip books. There were also resources on cell structures and features for teachers and students. Most of the information was beyond what I was teaching my elementary school students, but it was very informative for myself. I thought that some of the online animations were excellent. I especially appreciated the ones that showed cell processes happening. The visuals helped me to understand various cell processes, and are resources that I could use in the classroom with students in the future. I would have liked to see more lesson plans that involved learning the basic cell structures for use in my class.

Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:11 PM
4 Review of Science of Food Safety : Gr. 5-8
The Science of Food Safety SciGuide is an excellent resource for those teaching about health, bacteria, and the safety of our food supply. There are 5 main sections: Farm, Processing and Transportation, Retail and Home, Understanding Bacteria, and Outbreak and FutureTechnology. There are excellent resources to use and to gain new understandings prior to teaching a lesson. The lessons stress the farm to table continuum of food processing and how the 4C's can be utilized to keep our food supply safe from harmful bacteria. One of the lesson plans is very engaging for students as they get to become FBI (Foodborne Illness) Investigators and learn how to trace back to the person/thing that started an outbreak and learn how to keep themselves safe when eating out and preparing their own food.

Tue Feb 14, 2012 8:54 PM
4 Solar System SciGuide Review
The Solar System SciGuide is broken int four main sections: A Look at the Planets, Earth in Space, Formation of our Solar System, and Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites. Each separate section has its own suggested lesson plans and media resources/simulations to help students understand concepts. There are many website resources that list hands on activities, collections of lessons, visual resources and online activities for students to explore different topics related to our Solar System. The lesson plans included in each section are interesting. The first section includes a lesson plan on building a volcano and the second section experiments with making craters - as seen on the lunar surface. Another lesson plan models the distances of planets to the sun and shows how much empty space is really in the universe. Finally, there is a lesson that teaches students about the criteria necessary for life. Students learn about this and hypothesize about where life might be able to exist. Then they get to examine soil samples for possible signs of life. Overall, this SciGuide is full of good ideas and resources to use while preparing lessons and teaching space science.