Saba Polakovic

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Waialae Elementary

Recent Posts by Saba

Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:25 AM in Science in the Average Day
This is a very interesting thread and very informative. We can all relate to the challenges of "fitting" Science and Social Studies into our curriculum. I also find thematic units to be the most effective way of incorporating Sci/Soc. Studies into the school day. It helps to plan units out with your grade level team and bounce ideas off one another. For my 2nd graders it seems that writi...

Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:50 PM in Plate Tectonics
I'm also in the throws of this SciPac and feel I learned a lot from it. Veronica mentioned the maps, I found the interactive ones really helpful and was struck by the volcano/earthquake relationship. How interesting that so much "earth changing" activity is concentrated on the tectonic plate lines. I guess I must have missed all that when I was a kid in school (probably did not find it so inter...

Fri Oct 26, 2012 7:20 PM in Erosion in Lower El.
Hi Lori, Your comment about "food approach" is very intriguing. In addition to your french bread & sandpaper activity, do you have any other ideas about using food to show the effects of erosion? I don't think I've ever heard of that but it sounds really great. Thanks, Saba

Recent Reviews by Saba

Thu Nov 22, 2012 1:05 AM
4 Rocks SciGuide
This SciGuide about Rocks has many of the NSTA resources (media/simulations) found in the Rocks SciPack. This is both reassuring and a little disappointing. There are however many other web resources which are quite interesting and useful. I particularly like the sections on "misconceptions" and clarifying points about what rocks are not and how they are not classified. This SciGuide is broken down into three comprehensive sections: Formation of Rocks, History of Rocks, and Soil. Each section is full of useful teacher resources as well as resources for students. There is a nice mix of "hands-on" activities, reading, and some virtual media; sources from around the globe as well as information on a collaborative project with NASA and AZ. State's Mars Education program. This SciGuide is worth checking out.

Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:19 AM
5 Interdependence of Life
This SciGuide is packed with information, web resources, and lesson plans. I appreciated the layout and cohesiveness of each sub-heading. Most interesting to me is the "Species Relationships" section as it enables learners to glean an understanding of how species depend and relate to one another. I like the emphasis on food and the fact that life depends on life for survival. There is a nice mix of hands-on, virtual, audio, and video resource links. Though as a Lower Elementary teacher my only criticism would be that there aren't enough resources directly targeting Lower Elementary levels. But this ScieGuide is stated as being for upper and middle school-aged grade levels, so perhaps it's not a criticism as much as wishful thinking.