Teacher takes hands-on approach to science



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Teresa Gross, a fifth grade teacher at Westwood Elementary School in Greenwood works with Megan Johns (blue scarf) and Leeah Riley (black fleece) on a science project.


Teresa Gross, a fifth grade teacher at Westwood Elementary School in Greenwood works with Bristen Groves (pink stripes) and Ali Glidden (orange flannel) on a science project.


Students in her class have flipped rubber frogs across the school’s parking lot to learn about Newton’s laws of motion.

And at least once a semester, Teresa Gross’ Westwood Elementary School fifth-graders take home everything they need to conduct an experiment on their own.

Gross is an Indiana finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science teaching. State finalists will find out in June if they won a national level. Gross is a finalist for the science portion of the award.

Students in her class have built miniature cars to protect an egg and baked cookies to resemble atoms.

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