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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winter break marshmallow challenge and a whole e-book full of freebies!

This morning, I woke up to my two-year-old belting out, “Oh when the saints…go marching in…” I wasn’t sure whether to go get him or to keep listening. I kept listening and also heard his rendition of “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” and “Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee,” so I’m pretty sure I made the right choice. Hopefully you […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Research Scavenger Hunt

When you call it a “scavenger hunt,” you can get kids to do just about anything. And like it! Take research for example. Kids these days (did I really just say that?) are so used to having any answer at their fingertips via Google. Don’t get me wrong, I love Google. However, Google shouldn’t be the end-all, be-all answer source. […]

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10 student gift ideas for the thrifty teacher

Do you get gifts for your students at Christmas? I like to, but I always run into one little problem. Money. Gifts are expensive, especially if you want to give them something meaningful. Here are some student gift ideas for the thrifty teacher: 1. Candy cane and a homework pass. Who doesn’t love a free homework pass?! And a candy […]

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midweek list: a very Patricia Polacco Christmas

I was never good at all of the cute holiday crafts in my classroom, but one thing I loved about December is the assortment of holiday books to read aloud and enjoy with my students. I tried to read at least one a day. Patricia Polacco is one of my favorite authors for children. Her books are just so real, […]

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