Vanessa Cannon




Maui High

Recent Posts by Vanessa

Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:28 PM in Teaching physics equations
I've got very similar issues and demographics as you do Sharon. I thank you very much for posting this topic. It's applicable to me. We are using Hewitt's Conceptual Physical Science book and it has less math than even the physics one does. But it really does hang them up. I've tried to emphasize the units and have them do the equations by the units such as a Newton(N) and the relation th...

Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:24 PM in Special Needs Chemistry
Rebecca, I've had some luck with paper plates or Frisbee if you have them. I use the plates as an example of electrons being transferred or shared with different types of bonding. For example if you were trying to teach them about the molecule NaCl, you would have two kids stand up in front and have the Cl kid donate one plate to the sodium kid. I would repeat for different molecules and mayb...

Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:06 AM in Twitter for Chemists
Perfect idea! I've been getting some great visuals from groups of science people on facebook as well. They come out with some great cartoons as well as beautiful electron scans of common things. I've attached one here that's interesting to me because I live in Hawaii. Forgive me but I don't want to say the group name because it has offensive words in it, but search I love science in facebook a...

Recent Reviews by Vanessa

Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:26 PM
4 Lots of bells and whistles
This SciGuide has a huge number of great animations and websites that help students visualize some very difficult ideas in chemistry. There are sites about interactive periodic tables, novel ways to study symbols, as well as seeing orbitals and understanding quarks. The lessons attached were very useful as well. I only wish that there were more virtual reactions and virtual lab type places to visit.

Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:06 PM
4 Force and Motion Review
This SciGuide has a lot of wonderful resources. I especially liked the roller coaster lesson plan. It has a huge amount of details to make the lesson come off without a hitch. The lesson was very inquiry based but has a very specific rubric and plan for each day and each member of the group. It really gave me enough information to think about to help structure other projects I had going in my class. Another plus was the amount of resources on the web that were listed here. They were also categorized by type of resource (online, hands on, inquiry, graphics, assessments, career, etc). From that information it was easy for me to make a great webquest that focused in on the aspects of Newton's Laws that I wanted to focus on for my class. The only thing that I'd like to see on this SciGuide is more lesson plans on this subject. It would be great to have a lesson that didn't take 6 rotations or was such a large investment in time.