Jill Williams

I have been teaching for 22 years and love what I do. I have taught Pre K, Kindergarten, 3rd grade and 4th grade. I am currently teaching 2nd grade in Waco, Tx. I love 2nd graders because they now know how school works and are eager to learn. A lot of growth takes place in 2nd grade and it's a joy to watch it happen!



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Recent Posts by Jill

Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:07 PM in Motion in Objects
I just got done teaching a 5E lesson on motion to my second graders.  My Engage activity was a balloon that I let go in front of them and then we watched a virtual roller coaster.  That got them interested for sure!  We then moved into some Explore stations with shapes down a ramp, different objects to slide across a tray, doodle tops that spun, and a marble and pool noodle station.  After they e...

Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:35 PM in STEM and Fairy Tales
I love the idea of bringing Fairy Tales into a STEM lesson.  Several years ago when I taught Kindergarten we had some store bought STEM kits that were Fairy Tales themes and the kids loved them.  I now teach 2nd grade and we still do teach Fairy Tales but now they are learning the characteristics of those genres and even writing their own Fairy Tales.  I would love to have them write their own an...

Sat Nov 16, 2019 4:23 PM in Using GLOBE in Elementary
I am a second grade teacher and just got done doing a week long project using the Globe App.  I chose the cloud watching Globe Observer.  My students absolutely love it!  We read a book about clouds, learned the names of clouds and their characteristics. Then each day they sketched and described the clouds in their journals.  Then at different points during different days I had students use the a...

Recent Reviews by Jill

Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:10 PM
5 Waves Sound Great
It is easy to take sound for granted. It is all around us all the time. Knowing how sound works and what makes things have a sound is intrical to everyday life. This article explores a 7E 1st grade science lesson on sound. The 5E lesson model is vastly used in curriculum instruction, but I have rarely seen a 7E model used. This article defines how to incorporate all 7E’s into a multi-faceted and highly engaging lesson on how sound is made. First graders will tap into background knowledge, acquire new information, and then be able to synthesize and create in a culminating activity. The authors here give explicit details of each part of the lesson and the reasons behind the planning. This is a multi-sensory and highly kinesthetic lesson for sure!

Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:10 PM
5 Engineering Encounters: Cookie Jar Alarms
Who knew 1st graders could code a robot and complete an engineering design activity all in one lesson! This article displays a fascinating and engaging science lesson that ties literature, science, technology, and engineering into one lesson. Students learn what an engineer is and the fact that they can be one too! The authors here depict an enriching lesson that takes students through the entire engineering design process to solve a rea-l life problem of how to catch a cookie thief. Students embark on solving a problem while the teacher intentionally guides and facilitates towards “engineering” a solution. The article gives vivid examples and pictures of student work and explicitly states the learning outcomes achieved at the culmination of the lesson. Bravo!

Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:35 PM
5 Designing a Tiered Science Lesson
This article shows step by step how to set up a differentiated tiered instruction lesson. It gives very clear instructions on what ideas and concepts to think through when developing this type of instructional plan. There are tables and diagrams showing examples of exactly how the author created a very detailed differentiated lesson. The basic concept being taught was the same for both groups, but the level of complexity within that topic was matched to the student’s learning level. Tiered lessons should be intentional and built on the needs of your students. The teacher will need to know what the curriculum goals are and where students are in reaching those goals. Preparing engaging activities to meet the needs of differing levels provides opportunities for success and learning for all students. The use of a pre-assessment and exit ticket is a beneficial way to see if learning at the appropriate level is occurring. This article displays a perfect example of a tiered and differentiated science lesson.