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