Wendi Laurence

Wendi Laurence designs STEAM learning experiences and teacher support systems. Wendi is fascinated by astronomy, puppets, museums, books, travel and how to weave together multiple ways of knowing. Wendi was 2018-2021 NSTA Director, District XIV and the 2016 NSTA Wendell G. Mohling Outstanding Aerospace Educator.





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Recent Posts by Wendi

Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:59 PM in Navigating Phenomenal Landscapes: Using phenomena as a way to guide science instruction
There were many inaccurate images students would find -- so I really appreciate sites like PHET!  

Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:58 PM in Navigating Phenomenal Landscapes: Using phenomena as a way to guide science instruction
WGBH has a collection as well https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/universe/  

Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:53 PM in Navigating Phenomenal Landscapes: Using phenomena as a way to guide science instruction
I put the Hubble link below. My favorite NASA lesson for observing and predicting - and then checking our predictions is Toys in Space. https://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/microgravity/home/toys-in-space.html Eyes on the Solar System is great for getting an idea of how big everything is and how far apart. It also provides satellite orbit paths and each one has a series of real data t...

Recent Reviews by Wendi

Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:52 AM
5 Seeing in Layers
Christine Royce has created an engaging, well-structured lesson based on two trade books. Help your students discover more than the first things they observe. Follow the question: Is there more here that I am seeing? This lesson will take students under the city streets and under the sea to discover what changes the earth's surface over time. A great way to compare human-made changes and natural changes.

Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:35 PM
5 Discovering what they know
The formative assessments in this book provide a chance to have our younger students tell us about what they are thinking and see how their concepts change over time. I learn something every time I use these - from how children are making sense of science to my own ideas about science. Most of all it offers a window into the complex conceptual understanding that develops in early childhood.

Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:25 PM
5 Connecting to Home
I appreciated the focus on transfer and connections. The transfer in taking learning in one setting to another. In student learning stories academic language makes learning visible and connected between home and school. A great way to use journals - so often they sit in boxes at school!

Recent Public Collections by Wendi

3rd Grade

1 Resources

Resources for 3rd grade team

Science 101: What Causes Water's Surface Tension?
Type: Journal Article


7 Resources

5th grade Electricity

Science 101: What Causes Lightning and Thunder?
Type: Journal Article

Why Static Clings
Type: Journal Article


4 Resources

Coral Reef Ecosystems
Type: SciPack

Flow of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems
Type: SciPack