Crista Smith

I am a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Candidate at San Diego State University. I am currently student teaching in a fourth grade classroom. I have had several teaching experiences in the past that involved science education. I volunteered for a program called SciTrek at UCSB and helped teach science curriculum being developed at the university to second and fifth grade students. In addition, I worked as a Youth Development Professional at a local Boys and Girls Club. During this time I created and ran three weekly after school programs focused on science: Science Club, Earth Club, and Astronomy Club. All of these experiences were very rewarding and introduced me to the impact science can have on a child's imagination, creativity, and curiosity.


San Diego State University

Recent Posts by Crista

Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:17 PM in Inheritance for grades K-2?
One activity I have completed with students when talking about variation of human traits is a game similar to the "optional activity" mentioned in this lesson: After taking a survey of their own traits and comparing them to the class, students play a game where a trait is called out and all students with that trait sit down....

Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:11 PM in First Day of School Science Activities
I like the idea of doing something science related on the first day and some of the activities people have already mentioned seem like they would be a good fit! This got me thinking about how I would incorporate it into the busy first day and I think that a science activity would be a good way for a teacher to model several different instructional routines like gathering materials, working in a gr...

Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:05 PM in Animals in the classroom
Along this same line of thinking, I think it would be very interesting to have a tarantula in the classroom. It would help students learn about the role of spiders in ecosystems and help educate them to value every animal, rather than just squashing the creepy crawly ones.

Recent Public Collections by Crista

Citizen Science

6 Resources

This resource collection focuses on Citizen Science efforts for elementary school students. The practice of Citizen Science allows students to engage in authentic scientific work in their community and contribute to larger bodies of knowledge used in real research. This collection explains what Citizen Science is and gives some great examples of how it can be incorporated into your classroom curriculum for a variety of topics, with everything from water quality to entomology to butterfly migrations to rain fall data.

Podcast: Citizen Science Networks: Hail Data
Type: Podcast

Boulder Creek Study
Type: Journal Article