Hillary Mason

6th Grade Science Teacher




Alice Deal Middle School

Recent Posts by Hillary

Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:29 AM in Teachers as Researchers
Sure- I applied on the Earthwatch website, educator opportunities: http://www.earthwatch.org/aboutus/education/edopp/ You have to fill out an application and write a few mini essays. I believe it is highly competitive, but worth a shot....it took me a focused weekend to fill out and complete essays. Definitely worth trying for, as the fellowship pays for almost everything. Mason

Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:00 PM in Teachers as Researchers
I went on an Earthwatch expedition to study coastal ecology in the Bahamas....it was amazing - 2 weeks of amazing research/field experience in an amazing place. I met some awesome teachers too. It was after my 3rd year of teaching in the summer and the trip really revived me and made me want to do more hands-on activities with my students! Mason

Sun Jan 01, 2012 5:08 PM in Weather and Climate ideas for hands-on activities
Happy New Years!! I was wondering if anyone has a couple of good, easy hands-on activities for a weather and climate unit I am starting when we get back. I teach 6th grade.....135 students....any ideas??

Recent Reviews by Hillary

Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:25 PM
4 Plate Tectonics Review
Very helpful resource to learn about or update your knowledge about plate tectonics for your middle school classroom. Good visuals and entertaining news clip articles. The only downside was that there were a few multi-answer diagram questions that were a bit confusing. It wasn't clear which letter matched up with which plate boundary! However, all in all, it was worth going through and gives ideas for classroom activities.