2nd Grade Science – What is a Scientist?

I am so incredibly excited to introduce my newest series of complete lesson set bundles!! 2nd Grade Science Complete Lesson Set Bundles! After seeing my 4th and 5th grade lesson set bundles, 2nd and 3rd grade teachers have been requesting these complete lesson sets for their grade levels. 3rd grade is next on my list … Continue reading 2nd Grade Science – What is a Scientist?

How to Easily Find Dollar Spot Teacher Goodies

Hey teacher friends! I don't know about you, but I tend to spend half my Summer scanning the Target Dollar Spot looking for it to tell me what my class needs next year. I'm sure we have all had that bummer moment when we see a must-have Target Dollar Spot teacher goody posted on instagram … Continue reading How to Easily Find Dollar Spot Teacher Goodies

Ideas for Teaching The Properties of Matter in 5th Grade

Welcome to the first post in a series of upcoming posts on Ideas for Teaching Science. I am hoping to give each of my fellow teachers out there enough ideas and materials to save hours of planning time. Why scan Pinterest for hours when you can find a collection of my ideas right here in … Continue reading Ideas for Teaching The Properties of Matter in 5th Grade

The Big List of Engaging Vocabulary Activities for Science (Interactive Science Series)

Vocabulary is essential in learning new things. The more vocabulary a student knows, the more they can assimilate new information. You have probably noticed a few words that are repeated quite often when reading through content area standards. Name, identify, describe, and terms are all words that indicate a student will be using vocabulary to … Continue reading The Big List of Engaging Vocabulary Activities for Science (Interactive Science Series)

Earth Day Ideas for Elementary Science {and Why Earth Day Fun Means Real Learning}

Earth Day is a great holiday to celebrate while building background knowledge (or schema) for science. You may think your cute Earth Day crafts are a fun break from real learning, but talking about Earth's characteristics, resources, and conservation will make learning about these topics in depth later on so much easier! Ways Earth Day … Continue reading Earth Day Ideas for Elementary Science {and Why Earth Day Fun Means Real Learning}

STEM and Literacy Activities for Surviving Christmas and Winter in the Classroom

We all know that the couple of weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas/Winter Break can be rough on teacher energy levels and student behavior. And then, the weeks after Winter Break are tough, too. In December, we are all just waiting for that next break, and the kids more or less¬†mentally check out.¬† In January, its … Continue reading STEM and Literacy Activities for Surviving Christmas and Winter in the Classroom

4th Grade Science – Planning and Prepping for NGSS (National) or TEKS (TEXAS)

I recently received hundreds of requests for infomation on planning and finding materials for 4th grade science lessons using NGSS. So many schools have been changing over the use NGSS the past couple years, and teachers are left without the proper help to make the switch. I really like the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). … Continue reading 4th Grade Science – Planning and Prepping for NGSS (National) or TEKS (TEXAS)

Teachers Matter More To Their Students Than They Realize

To top off my back to school 4 part Curriculum series of How TO Build An Amazing Science Program At Your School, I though I would end with a story from my teacher heart. Here's a look at my young self in our school pics my first year of teaching. My first year teaching, is … Continue reading Teachers Matter More To Their Students Than They Realize