Mendi Butera

Candidate for a Multiple Subject Credential. I love teaching and working with students in elementary school, especially kindergarten. I began to enjoy science when I reached the upper elementary grades when all the activities were hands on! My favorite branches of science are chemistry, marine biology, and earth science!


San Diego State University

Recent Posts by Mendi

Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:07 PM in Including Parents
I think this is a great topic. It's true that we find so many ways to get parents involved in other disciplines, but not science as much. I think it might be a great idea to reach out to any parents who may be involved in a science field and have them come in and give a presentation for students. If there are any labs that need support, it could be a great opportunity to invite parents in to help ...

Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:01 PM in How often do you teach science?
As a student teacher, I have seen science done differently in my two placements. In my first placement, kindergarten, the students did not begin science until a couple months into the school year; however, they engaged in science for about 45-50 minutes everyday at the end of the school day. In my second placement, fifth grade, the students have science every wednesday for 2 hours at the end of th...

Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:56 PM in What Time of Day for Science?
In both of my teaching assignments, students have science in the afternoon. I personally think it is a great way to end the day because science should be hands on and engaging. In my fifth grade placement, all the lessons are hands on labs and its a fun way for the students to end the day. I think it does not really matter what time of the day you have science, as long as it is engaging. The more ...

Recent Public Collections by Mendi

The Sun, the Stars, Brightness, and Distance

12 Resources

These resources focus around the sun, the stars, brightness, and distance. These resources also relate to NGSS Performance Expectation 5-ESS1-1. Support an argument that differences in the apparent brightness of the sun compared to other stars is due to their relative distances from Earth.

Teaching Through Trade Books: Seeing Stars
Type: Journal Article

Formative Assessment Probes: Where Are the Stars?
Type: Journal Article