Travis Toriano

7th Grade Life Science

Location

HI

Affiliation

Hilo Intermediate School

Recent Posts by Travis

Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:14 PM in "Life" in movies
Helen, Thanks for posting the times of the clips you used i'll be sure to check it out. I think your right it is important to be selective on what you are showing. Although the students might be disappointed it is a valid point that the meaning could be lost and it would be hard to ensure that they keep in mind what they are supposed to be focusing on throughout the movie. It is unlikely tha...

Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:03 PM in Light Energy in Life Science
Here's a great lab that can be used as a supplement to teaching photosynthesis. In the lab iodine is used to identify the presence of starch in plants. Two leaves are tested for glucose production; a leaf exposed to sun and one which was covered by foil. It really turned out great and the students were very entertained. Best of all it was cheap and easy to do! http://pulse.pharmacy.arizona....

Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:09 PM in Food Chains and Food Webs
Thanks! That sounds like a great idea and I know where I can get some worms in my yard! I read a little bit about vermicomposting on a different thread, but this sounds like something easier for the kids to make than a whole composting bin. I am definitely motivated to try and get this one started this quarter. Thanks again for your input.





Recent Reviews by Travis


Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:12 PM
4 Living Things
This SciGuide contains a bunch of good ideas for lessons however it just takes time to weed through them. I have found the best way is to use the course map. It provides a graphic organizer which separates the lessons into similar themes. The only problem I have with this SciGuide is that some of the branches are lacking hands-on activities. There seems to be a lot of computer based lessons which can be difficult to use in schools with poor computer access for the students.


Mon Apr 16, 2012 3:11 PM
4 Living Things
This SciGuide contains a bunch of good ideas for lessons however it just takes time to weed through them. I have found the best way is to use the course map. It provides a graphic organizer which separates the lessons into similar themes. The only problem I have with this SciGuide is that some of the branches are lacking hands-on activities. There seems to be a lot of computer based lessons which can be difficult to use in schools with poor computer access for the students.


Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:36 PM
4 Nature Of Light
As with most SciGuides with alot of digging you can find an appropriate lesson that will work for your class. Because of budget constraints like most schools it can be tough to find a hands on lesson that is engaging as well as affordable. A helpful lesson I found was under the Theme: Color of light and contained the keywords: Wavelength and light. The Lab was titled linking learning to labs. It focused mainly on a cycle of learning including reflective writing. The lab the author included was a lab with bubbles and the resulting colors formed by different wavelengths. It was a relatively "cheap" lab to conduct and I found it a great way to reinforce their lesson on wavelengths.