Halloween Science Idea for Forces and Motion


Here is a simple Halloween science activity for teachers who are looking for something a little Halloween-y but don’t want to stray too far from the curriculum. It is designed for third grade Forces and Interaction standard:  3-PS2-2. Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.   […]

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Teacher Wisdom: Parent Communication

Parent Conference Tip

Happy October Everyone! This month’s linky topic is Parent Communication. Here are some tips that I hope you find useful: Something Old Click here to see an old post I did about behavior blocks. I used these simple strips to communicate each day’s behavior. Students glued them in their agenda each monday. At the end of the day, students simply […]

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Teach creatively…even with the textbook!


Textbook. The mere word can provoke eye rolls from both students and teachers. Textbooks are all too often synonymous with: -boring -busy work -answer-the-question-in-complete-sentences-or-else type assignments I agree that textbooks can sometimes be all of the above, but I’m here to tell you, they don’t have to be. Now, this is not a post about how much I love textbooks […]

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STOP giving kids word lists to memorize!

Stop the Word Lists

Before I get into ideas for teaching vocabulary, I want you to think back on your own experiences… Remember when you were cramming for the SAT or GRE and you memorized list after list of words? Yeah. How many of those do you still remember? Probably some of these babies: choleric, felicitous, circumlocution, cacophony, just kidding. I’m sure I knew […]

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