Nicole Takamura





Recent Posts by Nicole

Sun Nov 04, 2012 2:57 AM in SciGuide Lesson: Why Do we Have Seaons?
I was looking at the SciGuide:Earth and Sky > Changes in Earth and Sky > Lesson:Why Do We Have Seasons. I wish I had this lesson 5 years ago. It's pretty solid and comprehensive and I will definitely be doing this with my students. I say comprehensive because it's not one those lessons that will just take a 45-minute block and - boom you're done. It's more like a mini-unit with discussions, resear...

Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:12 AM in Fun with Flashlights
I found that the best way to explain to students why we have days and nights and seasons is to get out your trusty old flashlight, your globe, turn off all the lights and put on a show! This is a clear and visual way that they can see the light from the "sun" hitting the earth. Days and nights are actually pretty easy for them to understand. Seasons on the other hand is a little harder. Using the ...

Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:37 AM in Sir Issac Newton
As I understand it Common Core only goes as far as Math and Language Arts and assumes or implies the integration of the "other" subjects. I think the state will be giving us more specifics on what content we are to be teaching in these "other" subjects. I don't think Common Core will get this specific. Good example: in Hawaii, in fourth grade, our Social Studies emphasis is in on Hawaiian Studies....

Recent Reviews by Nicole

Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:17 AM
4 Earth and Sky SciGuide Review
I wanted to check out this SciGuide specifically for the lesson on why we have seasons. I have always struggled to have my students gain understanding in this area. There's not a lot to the reason itself (basically the tilt of the earth and the direct/indirect sun rays) but I think to understand the entire concept of seasons and why have them takes a lot of prior knowledge and understanding that my students don't have. But anyway, I like the lesson on the seasons presented in this SciGuide because it's very explicit and rather comprehensive. The links are excellent too. You can have kids explore them or do it together if you have the capability. However, some of the links must be old because they wouldn't load or I got redirected to something different. I think if I have time I'd start with the lesson on "Planetary Posters" to give the students a better understanding of the concept of a solar system, what that means and what that looks like. Many don't have that basic understanding.