Whitney McKnew

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Recent Posts by Whitney

Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:13 AM in Advice on physical science
Physical Science is probably the subject in science in which I struggle with the most. Does anyone have any tips on enhancing my knowledge within the physical sciences? I am also looking for good ideas to bring more physical science into my future classroom if anyone has any ideas.

Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:07 PM in Walking Past the Planets
Attached is a great article about creating an exact scientific model of the planets in size and distance. The project would require over a kilometer of space and would take up a good amount of time about two weeks of lessons if done right. I am a student at UMBC and so I haven’t had a lot of real classroom experience. My question for classroom teachers is if this seems plausible for an elementar...

Mon Feb 27, 2012 12:46 PM in Fairy Garden
Spring is coming and we are all looking for ways to get students outside! By creating a fairy garden on your playground you can open up all sorts of educational paths. Science- encourages planting new plants for the environment and teachs children about the growing process. For a fairy garden you need plants that won’t spread too much so you can explore the aspects of different plants Students ...

Recent Reviews by Whitney

Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:24 PM
5 Blown Away by the Seasons!
Wow! This ScienceObject was really helpful… I’m a little embarrassed to admit is but I guess I honestly didn’t know how the seasons work and had a few of the misconceptions mentioned in the presentation. I would definitely suggest this ScienceObject on how Earths seasons work. Who knew you could learn so much in under an hour? I feel like an expert on the season now and the information I have can be used across grade levels.

Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:00 PM
5 Breaking Misconceptions
This article provides a great lesson plan for teachers looking to break through student misconceptions on the space between planets or just looking for a great introductory lesson on how to teacher scientific models. The activity can be modeled to work within any classroom only needing a limited amount of supplies but could be made larger so show students the solar system on a larger scale. The reading also provides discussion questions for follow the activity which may help students relate their ideas about other things that could be made into science models or how big space really is. The author also relates how this lesson could lead into a lesson of why Pluto is no longer a planet and the properties of the inner and outer planets. The article is short and to the point while still giving a great description of the classroom activity and its many benefits. I will definitely be recycling this idea when I become a teacher.

Recent Public Collections by Whitney

Fabulous Weather Day
Type: Journal Article

Natural Resources: If You Build It…
Type: Journal Article

Type: User uploaded resource

What Lies in the Stars?
Type: Journal Article