Carley Givens’ Blog

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Variables

August27

Greetings!! Today I taught the students the 3 different types of variables: Controlled, Independent, and Dependent. First, we took notes writing the definition of each variable. I found a really great FREE Teachers pay Teachers(TPT) PowerPoint that explained what Independent and Dependent Variables are, so I used that to guide my instruction. (Due to copyright laws, I can’t post this PowerPoint, but there are many on TPT that you can use!) Then, we read an example from the South Carolina State Standards(example is included in PowerPoint below) and completed/discussed this example together. While doing research over the summer, I found a great variable resource, called The Simpson’s Variables. (Google Simpson’s Variables). After we did the S.C. State Standard example, I had students read the Simpson’s example on their own, and complete the Variable’s Chart, that went into their notebook. I also found a great game at quia.com: http://www.quia.com/pop/184568.html We didn’t get to play the game in class because we ran out of time, but it’s a great resource!

I create both of the resources below. The Variable Chart is a picture of the notes/examples that students completed during class. The Scientific Variables chart is a simple PowerPoint defining the 3 variables and includes the example from the S.C. State Standards(last slide).

Variable Chart Example

Scientific Variables

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Discovery Education Techbook

August18

I attended a professional development focusing on the Science Techbook today. I was already familiar with the Techbook because I did use it some last year. I really like that it has an app, so each student has access to it on their ipad! It is also really well organized for the students to manipulate and navigate around. Some of my favorite features are the animations in the glossary and being able to translate it into Spanish. We have a lot of students who are ESL and sometimes having them read it in their native language helps bridge the language barrier and comprehension gap! I do wish the Techbook was more aligned with the S.C. Science Support Document though. Overall, it is a beneficial tool and I’m looking forward to see how my students do with it!

My district has purchased Techbook for my school. If your school/district doesn’t have Techbook, it’s worth looking into!

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Professional Resources!

August3

While searching for more resources to use during my Science planning, my Instructional Coach let me borrow a great book with tons of ideas!! Learning and Assessing Science Process Skills, fifth edition by Richard Rezba, Constance Sprague, Jacqueline McDonnough, and Juanita Matkins. It reads/feels like a college textbook, but the activities that are in there for the Scientific Method are great! They are short, so they are perfect for activating strategies in your lesson, or a quick understanding check. It gives you step by step directions, background knowledge for you, and includes any graphic organizers or data tracking materials. Last time I checked it was available on Amazon.

Disclaimer: I have NO connection to this book, just really like the activities in there!

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Study Jams

June29

When starting to plan my Scientific Method unit, I came across Scholastic’s Study Jams. They have a lot of great movies, vocab, and even karaoke about Science and Math units! It covers the majority of South Carolina’s Science standards for 5th grade, so this website will definitely be used in my classroom! It’s also great for students to use in their “free” time as an earlier finisher activity or in the mornings before they go to breakfast.
studyjams.scholastic.com

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Hey!! Thanks for checking out my blog!! This is a new experience for me, as I have never blogged about teaching and the resources I’ve used/found (other than my classroom blog for parents/students). This page is really just to communicate my personal and professional growth in teaching Science, but you may also find resources for Social Studies and Writing. Last year was my first year teaching Science to 5th graders. This year I am responsible for teaching it to the entire 5th grade, since we are departmentalized. I’m nervous, but excited!