Dawn Nishimoto

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Recent Posts by Dawn

Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:23 PM in Vermicomposting
At our school we have a teacher that is working on a “worm project” with his students. They use basic box bins to make vermicast and compose tea. I’m far from a work expert but I do get to see his students maintaining their worm bins and planting and growing tomatoes. They seem to really enjoy this hands-on experience. His students got to make pizzas in school with the tomatoes they grew. As ...

Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:03 PM in Movies in Science
What a great idea using a movie like Flubber to introduce a science concept. I do a science lab with my sixth graders making 3 different kinds of slime (borax/glue slime, cornstarch/water goo, and Metamucil/water flubber). My students observe how the different materials change when added together to make the slime, goo, and flubber. Students design simple experiments to test and compare the pro...

Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:36 PM in Challenger Mission
I teach on Oahu and we take our sixth graders to the Big Island every year. Our first stop is the Ellison Onizuka Museum since it's so close to the Kona airport. Our students love the hands-on activities they have set up all around the little museum. There is a short movie and the ladies that work there are very knowledgeable and great with the kids. I didn't realize they still did the space mi...

Recent Reviews by Dawn

Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:52 PM
4 Properties of Objects and Materials
SciGuide: Chemistry This Sciguide focuses on lessons, activities, and resources appropriate for K-4 grade classroom. Students will learn to classify objects and materials in activities like Mystery Box and Fingerprints: Origin and Patterns. There are a variety of lesson ideas on sorting, grouping and graphing. The BBC School Science Clip-Sorting and Using Materials is an interactive game for lower elementary students to virtually test objects to see if they are waterproof and bendy. Students are then asked to sort the objects using these attributes. Students will also learn about the tools used to measure properties of objects like rulers, thermometers, and balances. Overall I found this useful in my second grade class.

Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:53 PM
2 Earth and Sky
Students will be able to study changes in the sky using the online resources provided in this SciGuide. Unfortunately many of the links on gravity do not work. Some of the online graphics require Flash to view them. I found this SciGuide somewhat helpful. I think many of the resources need to be updated. There are lesson plans on the sun, moon, and planets and why we have seasons.

Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:15 PM
4 Human Impact
Resources and Human Impact This SciGuide looks at how our actions affect Earth’s complex systems. The websites provided in this SciGuide provide your students with real-world data. Teachers and students can get information on alternate energy sources, reducing human impact, ecosystems, population growth, depletion of resources, and waste and pollution. I think it’s about time we take responsibility for the welfare of our planet. What better way then to educate our students so they can make responsible decisions in the way they impact the planet. I will tie in some of these lesson ideas and activities on human impact in a unit I will be teaching on ecosystems.