Veralyn Ulep


August Ahrens Elementary School

Recent Posts by Veralyn

Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:03 AM in
I really like the idea of exploring outside for students to gather and identify living and non-living things. I had my students do it once and used a T-chart to identify what would be living and what would be non-living. After students try to identify on their own, we would have a class discussion on what might it mean to be "living" or what do living things do. My students would say things such a...

Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:55 AM in The importance of science in Elementary level
Hello, I agree that learning science is just as important as learning literacy and math. Science happens everyday, we just need to discover it. Sadly, a lot of teachers I work with barely teach science because Math and Language Arts are heavily focused on due to standardized testing. I, myself, am guilty of not teaching science daily or consistently. Last year, I taught science only once a week f...

Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:53 AM in Electricity
Hi Sung, I am only a second year elementary teacher and I am also trying to find ways on how to teach my students the science concepts. An activity that I was able to do with my students was simple, inexpensive, and engaging. All you need would be balloons, straws, aluminum cans, and pieces of paper. Students at a certain time of their lives realize that if they rub a balloon on their head, th...

Recent Reviews by Veralyn

Mon May 06, 2013 2:42 AM
5 Energy SciGuide Review
The Energy SciGuide is an excellent resource to help bring the abstract concepts of energy in a more concrete learning environment. There are three themes that this SciGuide focuses on: 1) Recognizing Energy, 2) Thermal Energy, and 3) Changes in Energy. This SciGuide provides video clips, lesson plans, and activities that can be implemented in the classroom for students to better understand the concepts of energy. What I found to be very helpful from this SciGuide was the section about children's misconceptions about science. Teachers should be aware of these common misconceptions in order to better plan and teach students the correct information and concepts. I would definitely recommend this SciGuide as it provides an abundant amount of information and helpful resources to implement in the classroom.

Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:11 PM
5 The Solar System at the Tip of Your Fingers
The Solar System SciGuide is an excellent resource to increase your knowledge of the Solar System as well as implement learned concepts into your classroom. The SciGuide is organized into four themes: 1) A Look at the Planets; 2) Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites; 3) Earth in Space; and 4) Formation of our Solar System. This SciGuide provides resources for teachers and students to explore and learn about the Solar System. There are lesson plans that can be easily followed and integrated in the classroom. There are websites that provide simulations and media for students to better understand the Solar System. Although the Solar System is such a vast space that we cannot physically explore, the student-friendly resources provided in this SciGuide makes it feel like that Solar System is available at the tip of your fingers!