The March 2009 issue of the Science & Children journal, a publication of the National Science Teachers Association, features a ‘sharp’ article about Velda Lee’s fifth grade science class at Harmony-Leland Elementary. Students in Ms. Lee’s class learn the process of classification using shark teeth fossils, providing them with fun, hands-on understanding of the science.
Co-written by Ms. Lee, Kennesaw State University science educator professor Tom Brown, and CCSD K-5 science supervisor Sally Creel, the article shares Ms. Lee’s assignment structure and process with fellow science teachers. The students at Harmony-Leland collaborate to examine, measure and classify the shark teeth, then enter their data into spreadsheet software to graph and analyze. Ms. Lee also encourages students to summarize what they learn in journals, which reinforces the lessons learned.
Congratulations to Ms. Lee and Mrs. Creel for their feature story!