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Teach students the elements of Argument Writing (formerly known as Persuasive Writing): - Write opening and closing paragraphs - Address audience and their opposing views - Take a position - Make an outline - Draft paragraphs from Outlines - Put
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Benefits of this STEM Design Challenge: - Focus on critical thinking, problem-solving, and application of learning - High levels of student engagement - The potential to hit upon all NGSS ETS standards depending on the depth and number of
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**UPDATED JULY 3, 2015** This activity helps teach/review basic graphing skills. The end product is colorful and substantive. I glued their graph page next the the answering questions based on data page on 12x18 in. construction paper. It looks
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NGSS aligned to give students a hands-on experience modeling the complex process of photosynthesis! It took me several years to find an easy way to teach my 4th - 7th grade students to really understand what was happening during photosynthesis.
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The basic premise: Working against a criteria/constraints list Individually or in partners/groups, students build a ship that is designed to hold as much capacity as possible, and/or sails the fastest from “England” to “America.” Multiple
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It can be so difficult to keep kids engaged in the last weeks of the school year. Summer STEM challenges are here to the rescue! The basic premise: In partners/groups, students will design and build a water slide built for speed, thrills, and
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The basic premise: Students work in partners or groups against criteria & constraints lists to design and build Halloween-themed devices (and each challenge can also be related to a non-Halloween theme if your school doesn't allow holiday
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The basic premise: Students work in partners or groups against criteria & constraints lists to design and build Thanksgiving-themed devices. Modification suggestions are included to make these challenges engaging and productive for students in
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The basic premise: Individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build a shelter to protect one or more Pilgrims from wind, rain, and snow. --Note: Pilgrim and Native American cut-outs have been provided, so you have the option of
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It can be so difficult to keep kids engaged in the last weeks of the school year. Summer STEM challenges are here to the rescue! The basic premise: Students work in partners or groups against criteria & constraints lists to design and build
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Teach students to write outstanding introduction and conclusion paragraphs for persuasive/argument and informative/explanatory/expository essays. BEFORE YOU BUY: These lessons come from two larger units. Depending on your needs, it could be
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The basic premise: Working against a criteria/constraints list individually or in partners/groups, students will design and build the tallest free-standing snowman possible. (Option 2: Students design and build a snowman of greatest volume
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Note: This product was updated with new handouts and PowerPoint presentations (including editable versions) on March 28, 2016. STEM / NGSS Aligned Students are usually given the most experience with the first steps of the Scientific Method, but
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This download includes: - 1 page of teacher notes with recommendations for setting up/conducting the debate - Student copy of debate directions and eight debate questions I developed these questions for a 5th grade class, but I think they work
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**UPDATED SEPT. 7, 2014** The purpose of this game is to practice recognizing the functions of human body systems and their organs. The game focuses on the four systems that are tested on the 5th grade CST (California Standards Test) for science:
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The basic premise: Working against a criteria/constraints list individually or in partners, students will design and build a way to safely “mail” two candy canes in one paper bag package without breakage. (Note: cookies can be substituted for candy
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The basic premise: Students work in partners or groups against criteria & constraints lists to design and build Winter/Christmas-themed devices. Modification suggestions are included to make these challenges engaging and productive for
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The basic premise: Students work in partners or groups against a list of criteria and constraints to build the longest “bone” bridge possible. This challenge goes beyond Halloween! Connect this to the skeletal system, bridges/transportation,
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The basic premise: Working against a criteria/constraints list, each student will design and build reindeer antlers. Students are then grouped for a reindeer relay race in which they use their antlers to transport and hand-off Christmas
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The basic premise: Essentially a paper airplane challenge, students work against a list of criteria and constraints to design a new set of wings for a bat, with the goal being to achieve maximum flight distance. This is great for Halloween or
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I've been teaching for 10 years. For several of those, I had the opportunity to focus on science and social studies for 4th-6th grades in Pasadena, California.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Education should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving while stimulating creativity and curiosity. I teach using a hands-on, multi-sensory approach that nurtures and develops students’ various talents and links content standards to meaningful experiences. I believe in an academically rigorous, well-rounded, child-centered curriculum that fosters growth with high expectations and positive reinforcement.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

- Teacher of Excellence Award (2010) Pasadena Rotary Club (One of five teachers selected in the Pasadena Unified School District) - Altadena NAACP Teacher of the Year for San Rafael Elementary (2007) - Successful grant writer - Pasadena Educational Foundation Grants - 2004: Art Integration - 2005: United Streaming Technology Infusion - 2006: Digital Storytelling - 2007: Math Magic - LACOE Digital Voice Project Grant 2006 - Pasadena Math Pipeline teacher, co-led district summer math trainings - Achieved the highest percentage gains for fifth-grade student achievement (Proficient and Advanced categories) in the Pasadena Unified School District for the state Science STAR exam. (2005) - Nominated for Who's Who Among American Teachers (2005)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

CALIFORNIA STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY Pomona, CA Currently working on Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Design-Based Learning Graduated: June 11, 2010 UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA Orlando, FL Bachelor of Science in Education Major: Elementary Education Graduated: May 6, 2000

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