Science and cookies??

Disclaimer*** I wanted to do something really fun for this post and of course I manage to ruin it. Trust me, I am disappointed in myself you don’t need to remind me.

SOOOO anyway, this week I wanted to make an excuse to make cookies and eat as many as I could in one sitting so I decided to make it this weeks blog. So I’ve heard from many people that baking has to do with science and that was enough for me to decide to make chocolate chip cookies and talk about it! In the youtube video (actually a tedtalk) below, this is a video that talks about the science behind cookies because when you make the dough, put it in the oven with heat and poof you’ve got a cookie. It is kind of amazing if you ask me. Now I really ask you to take a look at the video because I cannot explain it better then they can so please take a look.

This next video is about the science behind the perfect cookie. I think it is interesting on slight variations of ingredients will completely change the cookie.

http://www.marthastewart.com/1080540/science-behind-perfect-chocolate-chip-cookies

So anyway I wanted to share my experience with you because it was a complete fail yet, it was a learning lesson because science is not perfect. What I was expecting to happen…didn’t happen!

So as you can see in this awesome photo that I made the batter and of course I don’t actually follow the rules, that could be why I messed it up! But you will have to wait and see what I did wrong. But looking at this picture I added all of my ingredients but the batter still looks wet. (thats a hint) I didn’t think anything of it because it had been so long since I’ve made cookies. And yes, I  

ate a lot of batter. But I do not recommend eating batter because you might get sick, I on the other hand was willing to take that risk. So anyways I am excited to put them into the over because fresh cookies is one of the best things to eat. So I load them up on the tray and pop them in the oven.

Side note** sorry the picture is flipped this way. But anyway after about 2 minutes I look into the oven and I freak out because these cookies should NOT be this size!!!! They are all touching when I clearly separated them with enough space to not touch! Then I thought “hmm maybe I put too many on a tray.” So I go back to the receipt and I triple check what I did and added and I CANNOT figure it out. So then I look at the measuring cups because I just couldn’t figure it out. After a few minutes of looking and analyzing the situation…..BOOM figured it out. I did not use the correct amount of flour. So the cookies turned out to be super thin because the butter to flour ratio was so off. I am still upset even writing about it, I want to cry because I wasted resources on failed cookies. This is me enjoying the cookie because they do taste good, but they don’t have that delicious look to them. These cookies are almost as thin as paper.

You can even see how thin they are in the picture!!!

So although it was a complete fail I am still happy to eat the cookies because they taste the same. The whole point to the post was to relate baking cookies to science because when people do investigations, we can guess all we want about the outcome but until we actually do it, then we see the outcome. In this case I made a mistake in the process and the outcome showed how much I messed up! I will be teaching elementary students one day and I think this would be really cool to do with students because it is not just science but I could incorporate science and literacy and even history. This is a simple task that makes someone a scientist and I want my students to see that they are a scientist everyday! They do science without realizing it.

****While I was making the cookies I had a great question, do you think it makes a difference if you have fresh eggs compared to store bought eggs?

 

Here are some articles that I like about cookies, please take a look and let me know what you think!!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate_chip_cookie

https://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/18476/original-nestle-toll-house-chocolate-chip-cookies/

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2014/09/04/345530660/the-science-behind-baking-your-ideal-chocolate-chip-cookie

Science through social media

This week my blog post will about someone who is near and dear to me,  my friend James, is doing his best to share his passion with his students through social media. Yes, he did say it was ok to use his name and I am very excited to tell everyone what we talked about! I have known James my whole life, we went to  elementary school and he recently just got a job at the school we went to and I am so happy for him. I also sub at the same school so sometimes I will pop my head into his classroom or eat lunch with him and when he talks about his students and what he is up to, he truly loves what he does.

A few months ago he had this great idea to incorporate his love of science through social media. I think that is what most people do now, we post things we love and want to share to the world. James wanted his students to think about Biology more then just 50 minutes a day. However, kids with social media, in my opinion can sometimes take it to far, there is bullying and social media can be a negative. James thought about turning social media, specifically Instagram into a positive light where students are out in nature or filming a science experiment and sharing that to the rest of the school and Instagram world. I am very confident in those who may be reading this know what I am talking about if not, I will explain. James has an account and he has his students follow his science Instagram or page so they can see the pictures which he tags the location in which they were taken. That way students can see what he is doing out in the real world but the students may be able to actually visit those same places as well. If a student posts a picture, they can tag James into the post so he can what his students are up to as well. There is a thing that you can do called hashtag # and this is where if you hashtag # whatever you type in will create a page of the same hash tags so is James wanted the students to # something specific then he can do something like that as well. Since the students know and use social media so much, it is a no brainer to incorporate that into school.

On the picture below, James took a picture and in his comment, he did #earthday and if we were on that site, you could click it and it would take you to another page where every picture that did #earthday would show up. The hashtag is blue and the rest of his text is in black. Also if you look at the picture on the right, I search #earthday and as you can see anyone who posted a picture with that hashtag will come up on this page.

James was telling me that he wants to see his kids doing fun and amazing things in different places of Rochester or the world. This is very laid back for both teacher and student but James wants his kids to always be thinking about Biology and doing something they would normally do. He was telling me that next year he wants his AP students to take his students to different places and teach a class outside or in the woods or near a lake or river. When I reflect on the conversation he is so perfect for the science class I am taking. He is doing and trying to do everything we have been talking about for weeks now.

So why am I even talking about this? Well I think this is really important to share, I was brought into this science community and I can finally see how important it is to share will people around us. I will not be a secondary teacher but in elementary, there are very important lessons that I have learned along the way, and teach that to my students so they will flourish when they get older. James is working very hard to share his love for science with his students through social media, and what is nice about social media, you don’t have to be a young person. People of all ages are on Instagram which means, James can reach a lot of people without trying too hard! He is slowly but surely impacting the science world in little ways that will become outstanding.

If you have time, please check out his account! If you have an Instagram account, you can search for his name @jbsciencestuff and follow him! You can follow me too @noellemorabito

Lets build our science community!

 

 

Here are a few links that I think are really cool to check out. The first link is about how scientists are using social media to network and communicate.

communicate! http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0162680

This articles is about using science and digital literacy in the classroom.

How Social Media Can Support Science and Digital Literacy

And this last one is about science online can build connections and ideas!

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/features/2014/02/scientists-guide-social-media

Summer Science Camp

I am happy to announce that the second half of the semester we will be designing a unit or a few lessons for a science camp at Sodus. So the class was presented with three different topics and we were able to choose which topic we would like to create lessons to. Now I feel like I will thrive this part of the semester because I can write lesson plans like there is no tomorrow. I am not saying that I am amazing but I have had a lot of experience while I was student teaching in undergrad as well as graduate school. What is so amazing is that what we create and design, we will actually be using in the future which I absolutely love because we again have a real purpose and then be able to then practice the lessons and get teaching experience which is so valuable to have before getting a job.

Back to science! So I am focusing on how the water chestnut is an invasive species in the Sodus Bay and how it is slowly destroying the ecosystem. I do not know a lot about this because I was not aware of this problem, which I feel terrible about. This is why I want to ask whoever is reading this, please help me out! There is a picture that I will be posting so that you will be able to see what the plant looks like, so if you are at Sodus and you see it, you will know how to identify and be able to help the cause.

http://saveoursodus.com/tag/water-chestnuts-sodus-bay/

Water Chestnut Hand Pulling Events

–Please check out both of these websites!

This website is an amazing resource to use and look at and learn from. There is very valuable information there for example, when they are pulling the plant, the plant itself, the damage it is causing and they have a blog as well!! I do not have much to say about this invasive species because I do not know a lot, as I keep researching I will be able to answer some of my questions and be able to help teach students about this problem in our community. This is something that we can help change and possibly figure out a way on how to fix it. I want students to know that, this is a problem and what we can do to and how we can fix it for the better.

Presenting Our Investigation

This will probably be the best post I have yet! Today I was very lucky and fortunate to go to a school and present the data with my partner, Olivia and I collected together for our project, as well as the rest of the class to 6th graders!!! You could feel the excitement and nervousness between us all before the kids walked into the classroom. Right before the kids walked into the room, it was very quiet with a random nervous laugh here and there. But once the students got into the classroom it was so much fun to see them and see what they know. And these kids are very smart, I was very impressed with what they already know. 

Even before we gave our presentation we had to cut it down so much because we had so much information but so little time. I think that was the one thing I did not like about today was that we did not have enough time to talk!! If that is the worst thing that happened today, then it was a great day. I think all of the groups struggled to say everything they wanted to say in such a short amount of time, but this was a really great teaching moment because teachers much be flexible and we were!

My partner and I did our investigation on turbidity in the Genesee River and Lake Ontario. We were really curious to find out what it takes for the water to be unsafe to swim, boat or fish in. Lately we have had a ton of rain which has caused the lake to rise and cause many problems along with it. There has been a lot of erosion and peoples homes are endanger of damage as well as flooding. The Rochester Yacht Club has been struggling getting rid of the water that has flooded their parking lots and more! So we tested the river and the lake as well as the parking lot to because we just had to find some answers! I never thought of myself as a scientist until this class that I am taking. The fact that we were able to go on a sail boat and a motor boat (to collect data) was truly amazing and an experience I will never forget. Science is really fun and I want to make it fun when I have my own classroom in the future because of what I said earlier. Students will remember better when they enjoy an experience. I want to give that to them.

During our presentation, the kids were so amazing. They had state testing before we came and you could not tell! They were awake and happy to be there with us and they were answering questions. I wanted the students to be extra awake for mine and Olivia’s presentation so I was throwing candy to kids who were answering questions right, and they loved it of course. They way to my heart is by food so I always want to give the kids something to munch on. Throughout all of our presentations the type of language we used the students were exposed to before. For example, they all knew what hypothesis was and while we asked them more difficult answers, they were able to take a very good guess or got it right! I think it was important for us presenters to also use words that they have never heard before. For example James and Kristy introduced the materials that we used in our data collection so the kids could heard the word and actually see what it was. After the presentations were done, we went into another room so the students could see our posters and ask us more questions. This was my favorite part because I had the students make their own water sample using a whirl-pack sample bag that I used myself to collect the water samples. The kids went NUTS!

Today is another reason why I want to go into teaching because today was so the students had such a wonderful time, asked so many questions and could touch the materials we used ourselves. It was such a great day and I am still on a high from it. The students were so into it and that is how learning should be, I want to give that to my kids one day.

authentic, 

Conducting the investigation

Hello everyone, today I had class and we went out on Lake Ontario to collect our data for our research project. Our whole class was researching something a little different but we were able to join forces and work together to gather the data quickly and making sure everyone is getting what they need. I had a blast on the boat, it was so amazing to be out there and doing science at the same time. I have never done anything like it before! But now that I think about it, this is how science should be experienced because today we couldn’t do what we wanted to do; it was too windy to get onto the lake and get the samples we needed. BUT we were able to go into the river and collect samples there! That is something that teachers must teach and show their students that, science is not perfect and things will happen and mother nature will have her way and we have to accept that. Something I found fascinating was watching other classmates on the boat collect their data and do the job they needed to do. There was technology and techniques that were very new to me so I had to take advantage of every possible second to watch them. I don’t want to name names but my boat mates were moving and talking very precisely that made me stop and listen/watch. At times there was a lot of talk and then at times where we were completely silent because we were all concentrating so much. It was such an authentic investigation because we were in charge and our professor was just guiding us and not getting in our way on the boat. That is how learning should be done.

Also on the boat I was in charge of collecting water samples for my partner and I. Going to the different spots in the river and the lake was very interesting. The rivers water at first glance (in the tested bags) looked to have more particles in the bags compared to the water we got from the lake. Furthermore we were testing temperature and there is a big different between lake and river. It makes sense when you think about it but at the time it was like a revelation because it was a big difference. Being on the river was nice and warm with little wind, but today when we were on the lake, the sun was setting but it was much windier and colder then on the river. It was wild that all of a sudden it dropped at least 10 degrees colder as we got closer and closer to the lake. We were actually able to sample 6 different spots on the river and lake! That will really help out all of our projects.

What is great about this science class is that we are actually doing science instead of just talking about it. We have a great model/professor to learn from and how us how to be better teachers and I think that is what it’s all about. Science is so much more fun when you actually get to do it and kids are really missing out on these amazing experiences that are memorable and will learn something from! The class today was a great opportunity to learn from and take key notes from this class into my own classroom.

Sorry the picture is sideways, I could not rotate it.

Memorial Day Weekend, Environmental Science

This weekend I went to my cabin for memorial day weekend, and I was nannying for my cousin so I had her two little girls. Their ages are 6 and 4. So I had this amazing idea to try to do some science experiments or at least try! At the cabin we have a fire pit, a pond and acres of land. At this time of the year there are frog eggs all over the pond. I was there a few weeks ago a took pictures, I was able to at least have a picture for them if the eggs were not there any more. So I brought the girls to the pond and we were looking around and noticing things. We started talking about the frogs life cycle. Of course this was not a real experiment but it was authentic conversation about what we were seeing in front of our eyes. They also brought up good points about how we a born start off small and then they grow bigger and bigger. I think this is not an investigation but in a way it is. This is a starting point of possibly getting into a real investigation. They loved the pond and that there were fish and birds flying around so of course we started talking about how the pond in itself is its own ecosystem and that the animals around and in the pond are depending on each other to live. They thought that that was the most amazing thing they heard in a while. During this time, the girls were asking questions that they wanted to find out more because I did not have all the answers to their questions. Also, we went on a hike to our water source, this is where we set up a pipe line from a crack in the land where water was naturally coming out of. During the hike, we would stop to see the strawberries starting to grow, looking at trees and lastly, looking at the water source for mud puppies. If you don’t know what a mud puppy is, look it up, they are super cool! But anyway we then started to talk about how the water has to be very clean for these animals to live in, which in a sense is very reassuring because this is the water we drink down there! Furthermore, the whole weekend I feel that I had my professor whispering in my ear telling me to take advantage of this, ask more questions, and to take them to different places and experience something new.

This picture was taken in the pond, I had no idea that tadpoles would eat a goose or duck egg.

When we were cooking lunch over the fire, I had another great idea to talk to them about fire and what it is and what were doing with lunch. We talked a little about the evolution of the fire and what it is used for and of course fire safety. They mostly cared about cooking the perfect marshmellow, which I completely agree with! This may not fall under the correct guidelines for this weeks blog but I really wanted to focus on something amazing that happened to me. I feel so inspired after this trip because this is how all kids should be in school, asking questions and following up with things they are interested in and what to find more out. I want this experience to come with me when I am a teacher and to remember that all kids are curious and I need to make it fun and give them these opportunities and space for this learning.

Who am I when it comes to science?

Hello everyone, my name is Noelle and I will be taking you on an amazing journey with me through science and investigations. Before I get started asking all the questions I have, first I want to tell you a little bit about me so you know where I’m coming from. I am a graduate student and working on getting my certification in elementary education. I am taking a science integrated with literacy because I feel that being a grade school teacher I must be confident in all subjects, whether they are tested or not, they are all equally important. I will be hopefully teaching within the next year and I want to have my classroom set up where it is student centered and they are the ones in charge of their learning and I am just guiding them through the process. I am lucky to say that I sub and I can see all grade levels within my school  (preK through 12) And what I have noticed, is that school is boring! I mean so boring!!! I do not want that for my future students.

So this week I wanted to ask for help; it may not be a science investigation but in a way it is, an investigation for resources and strategies. I do not have a full time job so I do not have resources like teachers normally would in a school. For someone, like me, who is interested in collecting resources, websites, etc. I need you help to give me ideas, strategies and resources for me to collect so that when I do get a job, I will have many things already saved ready to go. I think if anyone does provide information, this is not only helping me but also helping anyone else who comes across this blog. I think as teachers we need to look out for each other and work together because at the end of the day we all want whats best for our students.!

First I want to give an amazing resource that I have used a lot in the past called Kahoot. This is a website where you could create or find quizzes online. This is interactive with technology and students have to race against the clock to answer the question correctly. When I tell you students LOVE this, I mean they LOVEE it! If you have not heard of it, I really recommend you checking it out!

-Noelle