Marissa Gnau

My name is Marissa Gnau and I am currently working on my Master's Degree for Middle Childhood Education at Wright State University where I specialize in science and math. In October I will celebrate my 3 year anniversary with my husband and also the three year mark since we got our handsome dog, Remington.



Recent Posts by Marissa

Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:32 PM in Three types of Rocks--Igneous, Metamorphic, Sedimentary and Minerals
Hello! I know you posted this over a year ago, but I just stumbled upon it. I am a pre-service teacher and in my student teaching placement my cooperating teacher and I came up with a song that goes along the tune to "We Will Rock You" and my students LOVE it! They are 6th graders, and I still catch them singing it in the hallways. It is a great way to reach students who don't typically learn ...

Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:22 PM in Cells
Hello Larissa! I am having the same issue trying to find interactive learning opportunities for my 6th graders. I will be getting into cells towards the end of the year, around March or so, but I am trying to get a game plan for it now to prepare. When I was in school we created a cell out of food, but I have been told that is a no-no now in the education world. As I am student teaching, this is ...

Recent Reviews by Marissa

Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:11 PM
5 Perfect with my lesson!
The Pet Rock Project was exactly what I needed in my 6th grade classroom. I will be using this article in the next few weeks by having students choose their own rocks (I will have available rocks if they forget to bring in one) where they must follow along with the instructions from the article. We have covered the rock cycle, so students must use their knowledge to determine what type of rock their rock pet is. Once students have decorated their rocks to their liking, they will write a "Rockumentary" where they create a documentary of the live their rock has lived. I believe students will enjoy this activity because it allows them to show their creativity while also integrating writing and story telling into science. I loved this article and it was the perfect activity for my rocks unit!