Category Archives: Science

Science and the Sun

We are all lucky to live in a state known as the Sunshine State.  There are so many science activities that can be done to teach more about our powerful star.  Shadows, sundials, UV light, and spectroscopes are a few activities that can teach about the sun.  Science activities like these can spark interest and lead to a lot of self-discovery in children.

In third grade, we make simple solar ovens out of pizza boxes every year.  We use our ovens to cook a delicious s’more treat.  Solar ovens can be made out of many different materials that you often already have at home.  Below you will find directions for a simple oven that will heat up to around 200 degrees F. Continue reading Science and the Sun

Get to Know Mrs. Boates

Mrs. Boates
HTEA 6th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Boates describes what teaching means to her. You may remember her from a previous post “Fresh Ideas in the Classroom.”

boatesI have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. As a child, I enjoyed going to school and my sister and I would often “play school” on the weekends. I know that I was also influenced by my parents to head in the direction of education. My dad was a middle school math teacher for 38 years and loved what he did. Many dinners were spent listening to tales of his day at school. I also took great pride when we would run into his students in public. My mom worked with ESOL students for fifteen years. Although she did not have a teaching degree, the connection and life lessons she taught these children were admirable. Fifteen years later these former students still write my mom. I always knew that I wanted to make a difference in other’s lives as I saw my parents do my whole life.

My first paying job was babysitting. I started babysitting when I was in the fifth grade and continued to do so throughout high school. My first job outside of babysitting was working at an after school program. My job was to interact and play with the children. As you can see, being a teacher and working with kids has been a part of life for a long time.

Mrs. BoatesI try to inspire all of my students in the field of science. I was never interested in science when I was growing up and when I reflect on this and ask myself, “Why?”. I know the answer is because my teachers were not passionate. I work hard at making sure my students see my excitement for teaching science and learning about science. As an adult, I find it easy to share a love for science with my students. Science is around us every day and there are so many fields of science to learn about. I remind my students weekly that there are discoveries still to be made, problems to solve, and inventions to create. The possibilities in the world of science are vast. Continue reading Get to Know Mrs. Boates

Fresh Ideas in the Classroom

Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy teachers have many opportunities to attend conferences in Florida and nationwide. These enriching experiences give teachers fresh classroom ideas for instruction and lesson activities. Mrs. Stephanie Boates, our sixth grade science teacher, attended the Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) conference in Miami, Florida. Mrs. Boates enthusiastically returned to her sixth grade science students with a wealth of information.

boatesMrs. Boates commented, “I am always amazed at what teachers create and are willing to share with their colleagues and this conference was no exception. My only wish is to have two-hour science classes, so that I could pass this new knowledge on to my students.”

The FAST Conference

The conference began Thursday evening with a tour of the Fairchild Botanic Gardens in Coral Gables. This 83 acre garden was full of incredibly beautiful plants and even had an indoor butterfly garden. Fairchild hosts school and youth programs and also has science labs for graduate studies on their premises; their website alone is full of downloadable lesson plans for the science teacher. On Friday and Saturday, I attended classes on Science Olympiad, simplifying science fair projects, solar ovens, engineering and design, TedTalks, and FOSS (Full Option Science System) notebooks. Continue reading Fresh Ideas in the Classroom