Alana Kaopuiki-Pellegrino

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Recent Posts by Alana

Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:03 AM in Current Events
Using Current Events to teach science lessons is a great idea! I know how excited my students get when we I bring in a newspaper article or they read about an event in their Scholastic News. When Hurricane Sandy hit, my students generated at least 30 minutes of conversation about what they saw on television and then they had millions of questions to ask me about hurricanes. The same thing happe...

Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:55 AM in Who sang this song? "Oh what a night, late December back in 63"
Hi Reid! I use Discovery Ed to help students with background knowledge of seasons. You're right, it is difficult to explain what happens in other parts of the world when students have never experienced the "four seasons". I have the book Sun and Rain: Exploring Seasons in Hawaii by Stephanie Feeney. I use this book to help students understand what happens in Hawaii and how we aren't as affec...

Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:32 AM in Animals Characteristics and Functions
Thanks Lori and Juliet! I like the idea of having students imagine what it would be like to have different parts of an animal on a different animal. My third grade students would have a blast with this. And Juliet, I like the idea of having the students experiment as if they were the animal, so the students could explain how different body parts wouldn't be as successful on certain animals. ...

Recent Reviews by Alana

Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:17 AM
2 Helpful for Online Information, But No Lessons
The Earth and Sky SciGuide is broken into two sections, Changes in the Earth and Sky and Objects in the Sky. These sections are then broken into subtopics, Gravity, Seasons, Moon, Planets, and Sun. These topics are helpful to find specific information on that subject, however, they only have website links listed and no lesson plans. I am currently teaching about moon phases, so the moon section of this SciGuide provided me with online resources, like the student links, which are interactive and engaging. Overall, I am disappointed with this SciGuide because there is no specific lesson plans. Most of the links had good information, but it would help if these websites were categorized by grade level. Also, I had problems getting some of the links to load or open at all and there are some website links that take you to another page with links on it, which can be confusing.

Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:09 AM
5 Engaging and Interactive Nutrition Resources
The Nutrition SciGuide is a fantastic resource to get ideas how to teach nutritional lessons. The SciGuide is broken up into three sections, Food, Body Functions, and Food Choices. The sections all relate to each other, while breaking up the topic of nutrition into important and useful parts. Each section has an abundance of lessons, interactive websites, and kid-friendly resources. The lesson plans are well organized, descriptive, and easy to follow. They are formatted for specific grade levels, but can be adapted for all grade levels. I did find a few web links that didn’t connect to the site, but I used Google to find the correct link. I recommend this SciGuide to any teacher looking for a place to start when teaching nutrition. The SciGuide is a wealth of information readily available and easily accessible.