Williamston Community Schools were well represented at the 66th Annual Michigan Science Teachers Association Conference in Grand Rapids. In addition to teachers holding leadership roles in the organization, WCS educators presented on both days of the conference. A summary of the presentations are below:
Haley Rooney, Explorer Elementary:
Moon Phases Can Be Delicious
Working with the trade book “The Next Time You See the Moon,” students use Oreo cookies to represent the cycle of moon phases. Have students construct, organize, and record their Oreo moon phases as a wrap-up activity in a moon phases lesson or unit.
Becky Durling, Discovery Elementary:
Go Play Outside...but Why? Nature Disconnect and our Kids
As screen time has increased, free play in nature has decreased. Come learn what the data says about how this phenomenon is affecting our children, and how we, as educators, can help reconnect our kids to nature.
Science in Nature Activities for Early Learners: Lessons You Can Use Tomorrow!
Do you need a lesson for your elementary class to use tomorrow? Are you searching for a way to get your students outside exploring nature! Then have we got ideas to share with you!
Bird Beak Buffet
A great hands-on activity for kids to learn the different shapes, and uses of bird beaks that helps with some common misconceptions (e.g. all birds eat seeds). There is also a great STEAM connection, students can create their own bird beaks to pick up different materials, as well as great literacy connections with many different science trade books.
Conni Crittenden, Explorer Elementary:
Elementary and Middle School Extravaganza!
Teachers and pre-service teachers will be sharing lessons, activities, resources, and outstanding trade books in a poster session type format. Come for a few minutes, or stay for the whole time. Either way, you’ll walk away with a head full of ideas and a handful of materials.