Ashtyn Riley

I am a senior studying elementary education with a literacy minor at the University of Northern Iowa! After graduation, I hope to teach second or third grade.



Recent Posts by Ashtyn

Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:40 PM in States of Matter Lesson Ideas
I taught a group of second graders all about the different states of matter! I did this through showing different experiments. While we did the experiments, the students would predict before we did them then make observations in their science notebooks. They really enjoyed this and it could be used as a form of assessment which was great for me! We did crayon art, dancing raisins, and orange juice...

Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:33 PM in Food Chain
Even though I have not personally taught about food chains, I found this book that could be used to help teach about food chains: What Eats what in the Rainforest Food Chain (I put the link below). In my classroom, I would use this book as the "Explain" aspect of the 5E's. I would then allow each child to pick a different ecosystem and research that ecosystem's food chain as the elaborate. This le...

Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:47 PM in Learning Science Concepts through Play
I think A LOT of science concepts can be taught through play! A lot of the experiments done with children, they will think it is playing. Children are so much more engaged in activities like this instead of just sitting in lecturing to young children. Learning through play is even beneficial for older students! One experiment that I did with second graders that they really liked was "Cloud in ...