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

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

How to Create Lapbooks for the Interactive Science Notebook

Lapbooks had been showing up in my Pinterest feed more and more, and I wanted to find the best way to use them in a science classroom. All the lapbooks I come across look fun and interactive, and I know students would enjoy creating and using them. Thinking over the many uses of a lapbook in a … Continue reading How to Create Lapbooks for the Interactive Science Notebook

Measuring Mass: Popcorn Lab

Here is a fun, simple, and yummy lab to help your students practice measuring mass. Problem: Does the mass of a bag full of popcorn change after it is popped? Hypothesis: Have students make a prediction. Example: "I think the bag of popcorn will have more mass after it is popped because the popcorn gets … Continue reading Measuring Mass: Popcorn Lab