Gary Kanamori

Grade 4 gen. Ed. teacher Robotics and Robofest coach Hobbies: Bodybuilding / Gaming



Recent Posts by Gary

Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:24 PM in Misconceptions
Aloha Shanae, You have a very good point about teachers teaching Science concepts. Science in our society has a huge impact on the way we look at things and the way we believe things work. But being the ever-evolving topic Science is, new concepts and new ideas arise often. The way we thought things used to work aren't the same as they are today... Concepts will always change because Science is a...

Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:38 AM in Why are teachers afraid to release control of inquiry science to their elementary students?
Hi Delores, I feel inquiry in the elementary setting takes a lot of time and a lot of preparation. Time due to the fact that in order to set your students for inquiry, we must first model it, identify it, and practice it. Not only is it difficult to have enough time for it but in order for your class as a whole to stay on task would be a whole other challenge in itself. Inquiry is a goal in...

Sun Mar 11, 2012 4:47 PM in Researching Endangered Species of Hawaii
Aloha Paula, Loving the PSA community activity! I think it's a great idea. Like Dawn, our students create an iMovie project or a keynote (powerpoint) presentation. For our invertebrate science unit students learn how to research using a variety of sources and taking notes on "note cards" being small index cards... This allows students to not be overwhelmed with the vast amount of information loca...

Recent Reviews by Gary

Sun Apr 08, 2012 7:38 PM
5 Rocks: Elementary
Rocks: SciGuide focuses on themes: Formation of Rocks, History of Rocks, and Soil. The lesson plans and resources can easily be adapted for fourth grade. I found this guide helpful because each major theme not only had sample lesson plans, audio clips, sample work and case studies; but it also included additional sources of information. The SciGuide provides supplemental information in addition to our classroom text. Although lesson plans target middle school students, it can easily be adapted to Elementary standards. Links/suggestions to audio clips support auditorial and visual learners. Having multiple selections of audio clips imbedded in the SciGuide may increase efficiency. Overall, this SciGuide was well written, planned, and provided an excellent amount of information.