now is the time to…STEAM

Just a few more weeks until winter break, and you know what that means…antsy students, full of energy and anticipation for the upcoming break. This is one of the hardest times of the year to keep students focused and engaged. If you haven’t tried STEAM or STEM engineering projects, this is the perfect time of year to try something new. I […]

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Three Reasons to Set Up a Measurement Station

A measurement station in your classroom is a great way to provide regular hands-on experience doing math and science, not just reading about it. Here are some reasons you should consider setting one up: A Measurement Station Provides Hands-On Practice Reading about science tools and bubbling in answers is much different than measuring mass using a student balance and holding a one-gram […]

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What is S.T.E.M. and why should I teach it?

What is S.T.E.M.? S.T.E.M. is an abbreviation for Science Technology Engineering and Math. It is not a particular method or way of teaching, but more of a movement to integrate these subjects into the curiculum with real-world, problem-based activities. S.T.E.M. in education is not about adding something new to your lesson plans. Instead, it is teaching science and math in creative […]

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Poem-tac-toe Freebie!

Teaching poetry with elementary students can be intimidating, but there are so many important skills that can be addressed. First and foremost, fluency! We all know that reading a text repeatedly can help build fluency. When I taught third grade, it was so hard to get them to read a text again. #thestruggleisrealyo That’s why poems are so great! They are fun, […]

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migrate…hibernate…a simple science game to get your students moving!

You’ve played red-light green light, right? This is a science version of the game to teach the vocabulary terms “migrate” and “hibernate.” When you say migrate, students move. You can have them flap their wings since we commonly associate migration with birds and butterflies. When you say hibernate, they crouch down and sleep. You could play outside if you have […]

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