StarTeaching Feature Writer
Helen de la Maza is a Curriculum and Instruction Consultant in southern California with almost 15 years experience in the field of education. She has written curricula and taught science, environmental science, and environmental education to students ranging in age from 4 to 85 years! 

She believes that learning the process of scientific thinking can help students think critically and be careful observers of the natural and human-made world. 

Helen earned an MS in Wildlife Science, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, California single subject teaching credentials in Biological Sciences and English, and a multiple subject credential. When she was in graduate school for her MS, she realized that "interpreters" were needed to communicate between the scientific community and lay people. Much of her work has been focused on doing this through teaching, training, and writing.

Past Articles from Helen:

Science Activities (in PDF format):

Seed Science PDF

Looking At Leaves PDF

Insect Life Cycle Scavenger Hunt PDF

Plant Life Cycle Hike PDF

Decomposition Detectives PDF

Photosynthesis Game PDF

Sound Mapping PDF

Shape Scavenger Hunt PDF

Soil Percolation PDF

Ethology.PDF

Boat Buoyancy PDF


Science Activities (in PDF format):

Ant Experiment PDF

Microhike Outdoor Activity PDF

Lunch Water Use PDF

Surfactants PDF

Habitat PDF
Habitat PowerPoint slide show
Habitat PowerPoint PDF

Habitat Bingo PDF

Air Pollution Experiment PDF

Germinating Seeds in the Dark PDF

Pop The Top PDF

Playing With Punnett Squares

Pennies and Surface Tension PDF

Seed Science
(click for PDF)

 

Looking At Leaves
(click for PDF)

 

Insect Life Cycle
Scavenger Hunt
(click for PDF)

 

Plant Life Cycle Hike
(click for PDF)

 

Photosynthesis Game
(click for PDF)

 

Decomposition Detectives
(click for PDF)

 

 

Experimenting With Ants
(click for PDF)

Microhike Outdoor Activity
(click for PDF)

 
Surfactants
(click for PDF)

 

Lunch Water Use
(click for PDF)

 

Habitat Lesson
(click for PDF)

Habitat PowerPoint
slide show

Habitat PowerPoint slides
PDF format

 

Habitat Bingo
(click for PDF)

 
Air Pollution Experiment
(click for PDF)

 

Germinating Seeds in the Dark
(click for PDF)

 

Shape Scavenger Hunt
(click for PDF)

 
Sound Mapping
(click for PDF)

 

Pop The Top
(click for PDF)

 

Soil Percolation
(click for PDF)

 

Ethology
(click for PDF)

 

Playing With Punnett Squares
(click for PDF)

Punnett Square Creature Parents PDF (supplement)

Boat Buoyancy
(click for PDF)

Pennies and Surface Tension
(click for PDF)

   
   
   
   
   

   

 
 
 
 
 

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