Katie Roland

I am a M.Ed preservice teacher at Vanderbilt University and am interested in science outreach, particularly related to ecology, evolution, and human-environment interactions.




Vanderbilt University

Recent Reviews by Katie

Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:35 PM
4 Good for inspiration and background information
This article describes a handful of activity ideas that could be adapted and integrated into lessons about the sun. These are not lesson plans, but are instead suggestions for how some concepts could be taught using activities and student-developed experiments. There are a couple of ideas for elementary classrooms, but most are aimed at middle school grades. Although the premise of the article seems to be based around the idea of using the sun as an example of a star in order to learn about stars in general, these activities seem like they would be better placed in a unit about our solar system specifically. The first two pages of the article provide some useful background information. If you are looking for some basic and accessible information about sunspots, this could be a good resource!

Recent Public Collections by Katie

Learning Center Collection - Project Learning Tree (Tropical Treehouse)

12 Resources

This collection includes resources for teachers to support their use of Project Learning Tree's Tropical Treehouse activity. These resources are geared towards the NGSS disciplinary core ideas of Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms and Biodiversity and Humans throughout elementary grades. The resources include ideas for lessons, arts-integration, and content knowledge building.

Poetry and the Environment: Poetry enhances children's study of the environment and provides a link with science and the language arts
Type: Journal Article

Backyard Biodiversity
Type: Journal Article

Learning Center Collection - littleBits

9 Resources

A collection of articles based off my littleBits Maker Movement presentation.

Design Challenges Are "ELL-ementary"
Type: Journal Article

Scientific and Engineering Practices in K–12 Classrooms
Type: Journal Article