Kia Shields

Hi everyone! I am a junior at Brenau University. My major is Early Childhood Education and I would love to teach 5th grade! I look forward to learning and deepening my understanding of science concepts!



Recent Posts by Kia

Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:26 AM in Earth and Science
Hi! Here is a great website for STEM activities: There are also some Christmas themed activities!

Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:23 AM in Earth and Science
This sounds like a great activity for students!

Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:55 AM in Biology novels
I agree that Silent Spring by Rachel Carson is a good read for students to learn about the importance of a safe environment.

Recent Reviews by Kia

Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:26 PM
4 Math and Science in Nature
This article addressed bringing math and science outdoors. Students had to find to find examples of geometry in nature. This activity would really engage students because they get to make a real world connection with geometry.

Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:20 AM
5 Good information
The article I read was “Will It Float” by Dan Vincent, Darlinda Cassel, and Jeanie Milligan. The article begins with how the idea for the article came about. Fifth graders were sorting candy bars such as Snickers and Three Musketeers by predictions of weights. After weighing the candy bars, students were shocked that the Snickers bars weighted more than the Three Musketeers bar, even though the Three Musketeers bar is larger. The fifth graders found it mind-boggling that smaller objects can weigh more than larger objects. The authors of this article developed a lesson for students to learn more about mass, volume, and density. The activities that went along with the lesson incorporated the 5E Learning Model. The 5 “E’s” are: Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate. For the first “E” Engage, students went through four centers that allowed them to observe and feel items in order to make a prediction. They had to decide if the materials such as wood, pumice rock, steel spheres, and a Cartesian Diver (made from a two liter bottle and glass dropper) would either sink or float. Their predictions were to be recorded on a worksheet. The sinking of the South American tree wood, Lignum Vitae, let the students know that there are some types of wood that do sink (Vincent, Cassel, & Milligan, 2008). Next, students explored with an activity measuring eight different objects. Students had time to think by classifying into two lists which objects would float or sink. After students made their predictions, they calculated the mass and volume of each object and calculated the volume displacement. For Explain, students presented their data findings to the class. Students had to work with their group members to create a graph of the data and explain how they calculated mass, volume and density. The fourth “E” Extend was applied when the sink-or-float activity solidified student thinking. The last “E” Evaluate allows teachers to assess student understanding of the concept. Questions asked by the teacher let the teacher know which students had a hard time with the investigation. Teachers can use that information to reteach mass, volume, and density if needed. Reference Vincent, D. , Cassel, D. , & Milligan, J. (2008). Will It Float? Science and Children, February, 36-39.

Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:16 AM
5 Digital tools in Science
This article made a great point in how teachers need to be educated in digital tools. Technology will most certainly engage students but teachers need to know how to use the technology first.

Recent Public Collections by Kia

Lab Safety

5 Resources

Safety First: Getting Wired on Safety
Type: Journal Article

Scope on Safety: Responsible use of live animals in the classroom
Type: Journal Article


6 Resources

Here are some articles to help teachers correct student misconceptions

Science Sampler: Correcting student misconceptions
Type: Journal Article

Teacher’s Toolkit: Misconceptions in the science classroom
Type: Journal Article