Angelina Cruz

I am a 6th Grade Science teacher. My interests include cooking, photography, motorcycles, travel, nature, science and books. My professional goal is to enhance my teaching skills through taking classes and applying strategies in my classroom.


Kalakaua Middle School

Recent Posts by Angelina

Mon Nov 12, 2012 9:23 PM in Classroom set up
Hi Victoria, I understand your concern about the responsibilities of students in group should be properly divided. However, sometimes we oversee the importance of it because of our limited time and a lot of concepts to cover. What I learned and adapted from the Project GLAD training I attended are the numbered heads and color coding. On numbered heads, students in a group assign a number for ea...

Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:42 PM in Hypothesis format
Hi Jennifer, I started teaching scientific method requiring them to write hypothesis using "If___then___" statement. However, after years of pondering, I figured it will be more scientific if students will include the "because" part of the hypothesis where they can write their justification using various available resources like websites, books, magazines, and journals. With the addition of the...

Fri Oct 05, 2012 11:00 PM in Science Fair, How to judge the Science Fair Projects?
Hi there, In our school at Kalakaua Middle, Science Fair is a school wide effort. This year marks the 7th Annual Fair and we have tried different ways to involve community and school in this event. During the previous years, Science teachers invited judges whose jobs are inclined to Science and Technology like doctors, nurses, Science and Math teachers, engineers, college professors and many ot...

Recent Reviews by Angelina

Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:39 PM
5 Resources for Properties and Changes in Matter
This Sci Guide is one of the most beneficial resources that I have seen in my years of teaching. It allows me to create lesson plans that motivate and engage my students through variety of experiments and hands on activities. The guide is very essential in presenting the difference between physical and chemical changes in matter because of the examples of which students of all ages can do. The availability of the resources is one of the things that excites me because most of them can be found in our own kitchen. There were articles about changes in matter that students can read and relate to. One of them is the seat belt being a friend or a foe, something that everybody has a background knowledge of. The links that lead to various sources also have important role in helping students to understand concepts about properties and changes of properties in Matter. Excellent resources!!!