Louise McMinn




Connecticut Science Teachers Association

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Recent Posts by Louise

Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:56 PM in Formative Assessment in Life Science
Hi Page, I have used the probes at the beginning of a unit. I am currently teaching seventh grade, and it can be difficult to get some students to respond, the easy answer is "I don't know". With encouragement, I can get most to respond in some way. I now also ask that they add one or more questions that they have about the content of the probe. I post the questions in the room, and we answer th...

Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:44 PM in Earthquakes
Thanks Cris - The earthquake recordings will be interesting to show my class. We have shown the video before, I think it emphasizes the many seismic events that occur on a regular basis, more so than a data list. I will use both!

Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:36 PM in Volcano Under Yellowstone National Park
I have discussed this in my eighth grade classes, after introducing geological timelines and risk. Students are aware of storm and earthquake events, yet think of volcanos as very localized activities. The idea of a supervolcano in the US, and how it affected, and continues to affect, landforms, is fascinating to them. I do bring up the worldwide effects of Mt. St Helens and Eyjafjallajökull in I...

Recent Reviews by Louise

Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:22 PM
5 Magnetism Lessons
These teacher guides are well written and include lesson as and activities in all content areas. I was specifically looking for middle school resources on magnetism, and this resource collection in comprehensive.

Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:30 PM
4 Bridge Program
This article gives a basic overview on how to incorporate the West Point Bridge challenge into a middle school curriculum. Some questions remain: How many engineers worked with the program, and how extensive was the feedback to the students? Good advice to have the teachers experience the entire program before they use it in class.

Recent Public Collections by Louise

Science Sampler: Solar Panels and alternative energy in the eighth-grade classroom
Type: Journal Article

The Green Room: Teaching About Energy
Type: Journal Article

Hissing Cockroaches

4 Resources

Cockroaches in the Classroom
Type: Journal Article

Chow Down! Using Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches to Explore Basic Nutrition Concepts
Type: Journal Article


1 Resources

Use with ELL students