Content Area Research: Science
Martin Kratt and Chris Kratt
Focuses on Biology and the animals around us!
- Chris graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in Biology. His goal is to help children see that they can help the wild animals around the world.
- Martin is an innovative wildlife filmmaker, zoologist, and is dedicated to teaching people about the animals around them and working to help all the endangered species.
- The brothers founded The Earth Creatures Company that specializes in wildlife entertainment. These entertainments shows are great for helping children and adults learn about the animals around them. I know that my children have learned a great deal of information from the Kratt brothers.
- Our school also uses some of their videos in our enrichment lab for teaching our students.
- They have also published many wildlife books that are geared for children. The Kratt brothers are a great resource for teachers because they produce things that are meant to teach children.
Just a few of their many books.
Kratt, C., & Kratt, M. (1997). Going Baboony. Scholoastic Trade.
Creatures in Crisis
Kratt, C., & Kratt, M. (1997 ). Creatures in Crisis. Scholastic Trades.
Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales, and Dolphins
Kratt, C., & Kratt, M. (2014). Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales, and Dolphins. Random House Books for Young Readers.
How do you help your struggling and ESL students?
- Vocabulary exercises!! Knowing the words is half the battle.
- Pairing the students with a peer buddy. Yes we even do elbow to elbow partners in high school.
- For my ESL students I always have a Spanish English Dictionary out for both of us to use.
- Lots and lots of graphic organizers!! They help tremendously.
- I keep in contact with my parents regularly. If they know you are working as a team with their parents they are going to work that much harder for you.
How do you reach all your students when they are on all different levels?
What do you find is your students biggest struggle?
What kind of instruction do you use? (small group/whole group)
How do you keep your students engaged while you are teaching? I can imagine that in a high school classroom they have lots going on and their minds can wander pretty easily.
- Cold calling.
- Vary activities
- Student centered activities
- Students as teachers activities
- Active monitoring
- We enter the working zone. (a zone where we are working and nothing else is important)
High school is a lot like the younger grades, but the kids are a lot bigger. They still need the same types of engagement. I also set expectations for each of my students which helps them stay on track. When you know what is expected of you during each activity you tend to stay engaged the entire time.