As part of our entomology unit, students choose an insect that negatively impacts humans in at least one area of our daily lives: agriculture & horticulture, disease, economic hardship or nuisance.
Using Google Classroom, each student receives a blank Google Draw document and has artistic freedom to design their poster as long as the research requirements are met. I am able to check their work and add comments/corrections as they are doing their research and give real time feedback.
This is the handout with the requirements and for fun, we usually do a draft pick format to select insects.
I love Star Wars and found these really cute characters to use for my seating assignments. I have black lab tables and tape on one of the characters such as “Chewy” or “R2” in the corner. I also use the characters to assign partners and seats randomly.
PS – not 100% sure who the redhead is, assuming little Anakin? General Hux had red hair. Also, Han used a light saber, once, on the Planet of Hoth to cut open the tauntaun to save Luke – kids often ask about it.
Click on the image below to download it for free from TPT:
I also found another great free set of Star Wars characters you can download from this blog:
Our school has been using Power School, formerly known as Haiku, to post homework and resources for our students. This is how I have my 6th grade page set up:
It also ties into Google Drive and I am able to create a shared folder for each unit which allows students to access handouts, Google Slides, Google Sheets, etc… I simply drop them into the folder and kids have instant access to all files. I can also add links to additional resources such as videos or interactive websites.
There is also an assignment calendar feed that aggregates all of their classes homework onto one calendar. For assignment details, they can click on the link to see homework specifics. I also use the gradebook which is a great feature. Students can see all of their science grades as well as current average.
If you use a Learning Management System, how do you use it with your students?
I just stumbled upon this – the classic series by Eyewitness Videos is now available on YouTube for free! When I started teaching in the 90’s, we didn’t have all the amazing free online videos available at our fingertips like today and relied on…..gasp… VHS tapes. Having a collection of quality science videos in your classroom was highly coveted!
The Peck School, a co-ed, K-8, independent school in Morristown NJ, seeks a full-time Lower School Science Specialist for the upcoming school year.
The science specialist develops curriculum and provides hands-on investigations in grade K through 4. The ideal candidate will have strong content knowledge, broad technology skills, and a proven track record inspiring young learners. The candidate must be eager to contribute to Peck’s new STEAM program, developing innovating programing in concert with other faculty members. A deep understanding of learning styles, classroom management techniques, and the particular needs of students of different ages is also essential.
All candidates should have a minimum of three years teaching experience with elementary students, as well as exceptional communication skills, both oral and written. A degree or background in science or related STEM fields is required.
This position is an excellent opportunity for an innovative and highly motivated educator to join a wonderful faculty. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references by email to science @ peckschool.org.
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