Andrew Cretella

I am a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential student at San Diego State University. I have been working in childcare and education for four years as a paraprofessional resource specialist, instructional aide, after-school youth leader and camp counselor. I am especially interested in working with the K-2 age range.


San Diego State University

Recent Posts by Andrew

Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:09 PM in Weather climate unit for kindergarten
Thank you both. This is very helpful. Your thermometer, how is that colored in? Like is it drawn on a whiteboard so that it can easily be erased and recolored for each day? If not, how?

Sun Mar 30, 2014 8:05 PM in Weather climate unit for kindergarten
I'm designing a kindergarten unit on weather as part of my teaching credential work. I have some resources, but I wanted to know if anyone here has some lessons or activities they have actually done with a primary grade classroom, that they would be willing to share. I'm specifically trying to design a unit that meets the following NGSS standard and performance expectation: K-ESS2-1. Use and sha...

Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:35 PM in Motivation
I think keeping students motivated is relatively easy when teaching science - that is, relative to teaching math or literacy. This is because you can often get them excited with some kind of live demonstration or hands-on activity, as opposed to math and literacy, which are usually much more symbolically oriented in schools. In other words, show them something or demonstrate something to get them ...

Recent Public Collections by Andrew

Weather and Climate

10 Resources

This is a collection of resources for teaching weather and climate to elementary age students. Dress for the weather: I think one of the things children learn in regards to weather is how to dress accordingly. This article also helps because it talks about analyzing weather data to determine what people should wear. Fabulous Weather Day: I like this article because it explains activity-based ways to observe the weather. I want to be able to have students engaged in learning the weather by observing it themselves. Interpreting Weather Maps: Interpreting weather maps could be a useful skill for learning about climate and weather patterns. I also think students might find it interesting because it is very visual. Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate: This SciPack focuses a lot on climate, which is about weather patterns. The NGSS standard I used for my CAT had an emphasis on patterns, so I'm looking for resources that help with that. It also has sections later on that related to spec

Teaching through Trade Books: Weather Watchers
Type: Journal Article

On Observing the Weather
Type: Journal Article