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

HOW TO BUILD AN AMAZING SCIENCE PROGRAM AT YOUR SCHOOL- PART 4 #TEACHINGGOALS

The last post in this series covered #lessongoals. I talked about how to plan your lessons for each standard during the school year. The Science in Perfect Portions Lesson Planning Format (with free templates) has been a breakthrough in my planning, so make sure you didn't miss it! What makes an outstanding Science program that supports the teachers … Continue reading HOW TO BUILD AN AMAZING SCIENCE PROGRAM AT YOUR SCHOOL- PART 4 #TEACHINGGOALS

How to Build an Amazing Science Program at your School- Part 3 #lessongoals

The last post in this series covered #planninggoals. I talked about how to plan a scope and sequence for your school year. A mandatory prerequisite to lesson planning 🙂 What makes an outstanding Science program that supports the teachers in your school? Calling all teachers, specialists, and principals! Its not a daunting task. I am here … Continue reading How to Build an Amazing Science Program at your School- Part 3 #lessongoals

How to Build an Amazing Science Program at your School- Part 2 #planninggoals

Last week we started off this series with #learninggoals. I listed some must have's for learning goals. What makes an outstanding Science program that supports the teachers in your school? Calling all teachers, specialists, and principals! Its not a daunting task. I am here to help! Do you wish your current science program included engaging … Continue reading How to Build an Amazing Science Program at your School- Part 2 #planninggoals