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Ms. Lilly Keefe-Powers
Hello Global Arts Families!
I'm Ms KP (she/her) and I'm the new science teacher at Global Arts Plus and will be teaching students in grades 1 - 4. I see all of your students twice a week.
About Me: This is my second year at Global Arts. Before I joined the school, I studied specimens at a natural history museum, led river searches for beavers, and repaired state park trails. My favorite kind of science is biology, and my favorite animal is a turkey vulture. In my free time, I love to play board games and go birdwatching. I also love to read books!
About My Classroom: I focus on hands-on experiments and explorations, giving scholars a chance to discover scientific phenomena for themselves. When students are able to ask their own questions and are given the tools to find their own answers, it's called inquiry-based science. Every child has a natural curiosity and plenty of questions about the natural world, and inquiry-based science exists to support that curiosity. I love to support kids in their explorations and foster their already-powerful scientific minds! In my classroom, we ask questions, work together, and create explanations for the world around us. In my classroom, we also have a pet leopard gecko and Madagascar hissing cockroaches.
About My Lessons: Saint Paul is using an all-new curriculum with all-new materials from Twig Science, which means that this year we'll be able to do more experiments and activities than ever before! Students will also be able to record their thoughts and observations in an online science notebook through their iPad. Twig Science helps us reach the Minnesota Science Standards, the national Next Generation Science Standards, and sets our students up for success further in their scientific careers.
My favorite part of science is watching students observe something and explain the phenomena in their own words. When they can use their vocabulary to create their own definition of "sound" or "habitat" or "liquid," I get a glimpse into the mind of a budding scientist, and it's the best thing ever!