Last Month of School

How to Thrive in the Last Month of School

There is always something in the air during the last month of school. There is the excitement of upcoming summer break. There is the relief of being done with state testing. Kids and teachers alike are a little more antsy. That doesn’t mean you can just put your feet up and pop in a video, though. It is definitely a challenge […]

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Ice Cream in a Bag

Are you still looking for a fun last-day-before-break activity? Here is one of my favorites. In fact, I wasn’t much of a classroom party planner, so I would do this instead of a winter party with my third graders. It was a hit every year! And it was much easier to contain excited kiddos than when I would try to […]

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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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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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