Month: November 2018 (page 1 of 3)

Fear and Learning at Hoover Elementary

This documentary definitely pulled on my heartstrings a lot which I think it was intended to do. It is absolutely terrifying to me that there are young kids experiencing the things that the young kids in this documentary experienced. No one should watch or see someone die, especially not a 10-year-old child. I hope to be more than just a teacher for my future students. I want to do more than just teach these kids math… I want to teach them equality and inform them of different cultures. It was so shocking to see that the school has bullet holes in it and that some of the teachers are just blaming these kids. I was so happy to see the kids standing up for themselves when the librarian was blaming them for how dirty LA is.

I chose this picture because it spoke volumes to me. We need to be helping people not hurting them or making it any harder. Immigrants come to America for a better life not to ruin our country or to take our jobs.

Final Project Update

I have definitely progressed a lot further than my last update. I’m not too sure I’ll have a full blanket for a person of my size by the time I have to bring it to class though, I might have to bring in a baby blanket. I definitely underestimated how much time I would be able to dedicate to this project.

Week 13 blog

Explorations to try

#6 Look at the following pictures, taken at the beach. My daughter took them with her iPhone. What math can you extract from them?!

Picture 1

identifying shapes and patterns, measuring round objects

Picture 2

Counting, similarity,

Picture 3

Symmetry, measuring distance

Topic 8: Electricity and Magnetism

Magnet Activity #1

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to show what items can be magnetic and a visual of the magnetic field with the iron filings.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by asking students what type of items they think are magnetic and test them out.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with understanding the magnetic fields.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

The only thing I would really change is to have the students brainstorm on what they think would be magnetic instead of just giving a bag full of items to test out.

  • Scientific principle

Magnetism.

Electromagnet & Loudspeaker Activity #2

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to demonstrate electromagnetism and the key components that you would need to make an electromagnet.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by explaining what an electromagnet is and how we can make one. I would then have my students make an electromagnet with the given supplies.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with wrapping the wire around the nail. I also see students having difficulty with getting the speaker to work correctly.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I would have the students try wrapping the wire around different objects to see if that would create an electromagnet.

  • Scientific principle

Electromagnetism.

 

Topic 7: Solar System

Phases of the Moon Activity #1

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was demonstrate how we see the different phases of the moon and to show how the moon rotates on its axis and rotates around Earth.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by asking students how they think we see different phases of the moon and have a visual demonstration.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see the difficulty with the names of the phases and when they are demonstrating with the flashlight and styrofoam ball, it might be difficult for the students to stay really still to see an accurate representation.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I wouldn’t change anything because this is a great visual for the students and this is something that would really help with learning the phases of the moon.

  • Scientific principle

Phases of the Moon.

Earth’s Seasons Activity #2

  • What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to show how the tilt of the Earth has everything to do with what seasons we experience.

  • Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce it by explaining the different seasons and having the students stand up and model this.

  • Where do you see students having difficulty?

I see students having difficulty with understanding equinox and solstice.

  • What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I wouldn’t change anything because this is a great visual for the students and this is something that would really help with learning how and why we have seasons.

  • Scientific principle

Seasons, summer and winter solstice, and fall and spring equinox.

Week 12 Making activity

The lesson plan for SOL 3.8

We would have the students be broken into groups and they would be assigned a different phase of a subject. For our specific lesson, we chose plant life cycles. So after they are assigned a phase, they learn about it and they can decide a key concept from their phase to print and then teach the class about. The groups will go in chronological order and the teacher will have the end phase. We have a flower and it has all the parts.

Examples could include seeds, stems, leaves, petals, roots, the sun or sun rays, and chlorophyll.

You could use this lesson with any of the other subjects in this specific SOL

 

The student will investigate and understand basic patterns and cycles occurring in nature. Key concepts include a) patterns of natural events such as day and night, seasonal changes, simple phases of the moon, and tides; b) animal life cycles; and c) plant life cycles.

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