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Monthly Archives: October 2011
The corner approach
This past week we were working on learning about the different parts of the atom and how they work, etc. The kids had a table that they needed to fill out that looked like this: Atomic # Mass # # … Continue reading
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Ms. Emily: Even YOU can eliminate waste!
On Friday the students were learning about the characteristics of living organisms (e.g. has cells, needs water, uses energy, etc.). Their main task was to write down each characteristic on a piece of paper and then draw a picture for … Continue reading
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Perky Patty Proton and the Atoms Family
The students in my classroom are still trying to wrap their brains around the concepts of atoms, subatomic particles, the periodic table, and the history of atomic models. Today we did a variety of activities to help them visualize these … Continue reading
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Weeks 7 and 8 — Can we record data?
Mrs. Loeffler has been working on getting her students used to making observations and recording them. In some cases, it’s been going outside and taking pictures. In others, it’s been recording the classroom temperature, the number of students in class, … Continue reading
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Yo Girl come help me out
I realize it’s been past due from my last post… my apologies! My last few visits to Rosedale I have been making more of an effort to get to know the students a little more on a personal level. One … Continue reading
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On to the next phase
We finished the first part of our year long project, “Where does a mathematician work”, on Monday. The final product for this part was a 23 minute presentation on a math intensive career. The students did a good job stating … Continue reading
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Inquirybased lesson: Periodic Table
This Thursday I attempted to do an inquirybased lesson with my students on the organization of the periodic table of the elements. Knowledge of the table and the atoms/elements that compose it are a part of the next checkpoint test … Continue reading
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Science Fair — More of the same
We’re still working on science fair questions, and will be for one more week. This is partly because it takes a long time to talk to each student/group of students and interactively direct them to a good problem for them. … Continue reading
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The Knapsack Problem and Other Problems
This week I put together a small trialrun version of a problembased lesson. I’ll be doing a larger problembased lesson in a couple weeks, and did this for a bit of practice. Boy, did I learn a lot. The general … Continue reading
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Center Work
This week the students were reviewing for a big districtwide test. Despite our efforts to relate lessons to their innate curiosity or the “real world”, telling them that something “will be on the test” still seems to be the best … Continue reading
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