Sandra Dolbin

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Recent Posts by Sandra

Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:01 AM in SciGuide Reflection: Organisms Grades K-4
1. What are some key points from the SciGuide that made an impression upon you? The components in this SciGuide are all about the roles that organisms play in any given ecosystem throughout the world. The earth’s ecosystems help to support the biotic and abiotic things on a global scale. Healthy ecosystems are imperative to sustaining life on earth. The organisms that make up a food chain or...

Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:12 AM in Overcoming student roadblocks to learning Cell Biology
Hi Ruth! Thank you for the link to the NSTA journal article, "Building Leaves and an Understanding of Photosynthesis". Although the content in the article was fashioned for the middle school level, the lesson certainly can be tailored to meet the needs of my fourth grade students. I liked the hands on element of the lesson which is much more engaging for my young learners than just diagrams and...

Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:06 AM in Overcoming student roadblocks to learning Cell Biology
I agree with what is being posted on this thread about cells being a difficult concept to teach. I teach fourth graders and this can be a challenging area to engage the learners and to relay the content information accurately without any chance for them to have misconceptions. I have found that introducing this topic to younger learners with note taking and a rich discussion helps to solidify th...

Recent Reviews by Sandra

Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:22 AM
5 Organisms: Grades K-4
This SciGuide is a resource that I would highly recommend to teachers that are teaching "Life Science" to young learners. It has an extensive collection of lesson plans, vignettes, video clips, student samples and much, much more. The components in this SciGuide are all about the systems and interdependence of living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic) things within their environment. There are three over-arching themes included in this SciGuide which are community, ecosystems and environment. This SciGuide offers links to resources that include the characteristics, diversity, adaptations, regulation, and life cycles of organisms. It also offers a wealth of information about food chains/webs (producers, consumers, decomposers) and how organisms change their environment and how populations adapt in an ecosystem. The SciGuide also provides resources about organisms’ needs, environment resources and dangers in particular biomes and habitats. If you're looking for life science materials that are engaging and age appropriate for young learners, then you don't need to look any further as this SciGuide provides access to all of this great information for your science learning needs.

Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:37 AM
5 Great Resource for Elementary Teachers
This is a great Sci Guide for lower elementary teachers that are preparing to teach properties to their students. This Sci Guide is a helpful resource as it provides numerous examples of how the students could identify objects and materials as well as the tools that can be used to measure these properties. There are many useful links that explain different ways that objects can be classified along with providing lesson plans and student work samples. All of the material is presented in a manner that will engage lower elementary students and is able to be tailored to suit students from kindergarten through grade four. As an elementary teacher myself, I would highly recommend utilizing this Sci Guide when teaching properties of objects and materials to lower elementary students.

Recent Public Collections by Sandra

Earth Science

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Earth's Changing Surface
Type: SciPack