Kim Rivera

I LOVE Learning, Life, & Laughter! I wake up every day looking for opportunities to make this world a better place; and making a positive difference in the lives I touch. I am a Child of God, a Wife to my Soulmate for 32 yrs., a Mother of 4 Fabulous kids; Noah's Nana, a Technology Nerd, and a Teacher by Heart!




Irving ISD

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Recent Posts by Kim

Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:57 PM in Gardening at school with young children has an easy 6 steps to getting a garden started indoors. I love that they feel it's about the magic of growing, rather than what is produced. Check out their website Gardening Indoors .

Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:48 PM in Animals in the classroom?
My district brings critters to the schools in the spring. Different ones for different grade levels, and at the end of the school year they pick them up. it is awesome to watch snails, butterflies, fish, grasshoppers, their ecosystems; and how they develop in their life-cycles from birth. The students take pictures, draw, label, predict, infer, and LOVE being responsible for them. It is t...

Recent Reviews by Kim

Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:28 PM
5 Newton 1st Law - Understood!
Newton’s first law of motion tutorial is effectively explained how a force is needed to overcome inertia (the tendency to resist any change in motion). Newton’s second law tutorial gives more concrete and mathematical descriptions and demonstrations of what happens when an unbalanced force actually does act upon an object. In the second tutorial, I found it extremely helpful how the tutorial began with the spaceship simulation activity. I felt this simulation will be an easy and effective way to “hook” students’ inquiry of the second law. This is a great way for students to learn it, manipulate it, and verbalize it in their own terms!

Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:11 PM
5 Flow of Energy
I liked how this lesson focuses on the flow of energy through an ecosystem in one direction, from photosynthetic organisms to herbivores to omnivores and carnivores and decomposers. This allows for really good discussions about why a vegetarian diet for humans requires less energy to produce the food needed than a diet that includes meat and fish does.

Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:24 AM
3 Gravity
This sciPak taught concepts related to Earth’s gravitational pull and how it affects the universe around us. The lesson about the amount of gravitational force and how gravity governs the motion of the solar system was given at a much higher level than what 've seen taught for 5th graders. I feel a lot of background knowledge needs to be introduced before attempting this with students. I really enjoyed the graphics and video portion.

Recent Public Collections by Kim

Forms of Energy

14 Resources

Explaining Matter with Elements, Atoms, and Molecules
Type: SciPack

Earth's Changing Surface
Type: SciPack