Jennifer Maher

I teach fifth grade. I am interested in expanding my pedagogy and content knowledge for the NGSS.




Mabel Hoggard Magnet School for Math and Science

Recent Posts by Jennifer

Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:48 PM in Lesson Review Opportunity-Support Needed
I only looked at the fourth grade lesson, but it looks pretty solid.  I like the challenge you set forth with the "Engage" component of the lesson, and I like how everything you need for materials can be found right on campus. The SciPack for Forces and motion might have some simulations that you could add to the "Elaborate" stage, or even offer it as an "Extension" Great Job!

Wed Oct 21, 2015 11:40 PM in Substitute Behavior Management
Set your guidelines and expectations right at the start of the activity.  If students sit in groups, each "seat" is assigned a different number.  Those numbers could be linked to specific tasks for the hands-on activity, or responsibilities like gathering matherials or returning measurement tools. For instance, I often call out that "ones" will be fetching today and "threes" will be returning m...

Sat Sep 26, 2015 11:50 PM in Elementary Science Misconceptions
One misconception I have encountered is the belief that plants get the majority of what they need to grow from soil. They observe that the plant changes over time and just assume that the plant is taking the majority of what it needs from the soil. Even with an understanding of photosynthesis, this idea persists. I have them record the mass of a seed, the mass of soil and a container. They plant ...