Kelsey Wertz

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Recent Posts by Kelsey

Thu May 23, 2019 5:56 PM in 5E lesson plan on Rocks
Hello!  I observed multiple awesome rock experiments in the classroom last semester in my 3rd grade classroom. For metamorphic rocks, which are formed from heat and pressure, the students had the opportunity to smash different kinds of candy into sugar cookie, cookie dough. This would be the pressure part of the forming process. The teacher than took the cookie dough and baked it in the kitche...

Thu May 23, 2019 5:38 PM in Recommendations for Elementary Science
Hello! I believe the most important thing to remember and to incorporate into your science lessons are hands on activities. Students have to be engaged and working with science materials while experimenting in order to really understand the content you are trying to teach them. Below are a couple science lessons I have completed in the past.  I have completed multiple science lessons throug...

Recent Reviews by Kelsey

Thu May 23, 2019 6:58 PM
5 Great Article for those whom Love Group Work!
I am a person who loves to work in groups and I love allowing my students to work in groups. I love teaching lessons that involve group activities in order to help the children expand on their learning of the content I am teaching. This article, “Managing Group Work” is an excellent article to read if you are someone who loves allowing your students to work in groups. This article did a great job of giving ideas that allow you to review how well each student is still comprehending the content, while working within a group. For example, at the end of a day full of group work, you can have the students complete an exit ticket before leaving the room. This could be a simple question that students answer by themselves in regard to the work they have been completing. This will help you as a teacher to see which students understand the lesson and which students do not. Another great idea from this article is having the students work out their own problems within their groups. Often times when students are working in groups they begin to tattle on each other. Instead of spending your time trying to figure out the issue within the group, you can teach the students how to solve the problems themselves, so you can continue helping the other groups with their task. Lastly, this article did a great job giving helpful examples and ideas of what a group rubric should contain. Often times creating a rubric is the most difficult part for creating group work projects. “Managing Group Work” does a great job of simplifying and giving ideas of a great rubric for group work.