Why Use Poetry in Your Science Classroom?

  I am a really big fan of using read alouds in the science classroom. I love books, and that means I have to share my love of reading with my science kiddos! Reading in the science classroom has so many cross-curricular benefits for kids. Gail Gibbons and Basher Science are by far my favorite … Continue reading Why Use Poetry in Your Science 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

Observing Animal Cells

When looking at onion cells under a microscope, I thought how helpful it would be for students to have an animal cell to compare and observe. This lab is a perfect addition to the Cell Structure and Function Science and Literacy Lesson! This lab is really simple. All you need is a microscope, cotton swab, … Continue reading Observing Animal Cells

Observing Plant Cells

Kids have curious minds and love to observe the world around them. When students walk into their science classroom and see microscopes out, they get really excited. They get to play with real science equipment and observe the tiniest parts of the world around them. Learning about cells is the perfect opportunity to let your students use … Continue reading Observing Plant Cells

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

12 Reasons Why You Are An Amazing Teacher

Halfway through the year really tests our teaching endurance. We have the holidays, finishing up a semester, and the planning and stressing begins for the end of year testing. It is so easy to get down about your ability and life calling as a teacher when you are so exhausted. I am sure you have … Continue reading 12 Reasons Why You Are An Amazing Teacher

Teach So They Get It with 30 Interactive Ways to Check for Understanding

We teachers know that if we teach a lesson and then test without formative assessments, we have very few indicators of student understanding and if they can pass the test. It takes an interactive method of asking those higher level questions throughout a unit, to identify the level of student understanding and assess the need … Continue reading Teach So They Get It with 30 Interactive Ways to Check for Understanding

Why Elementary Science Matters (and How You Can Make It Happen)

Science matters in Kindergarten, just as much as it matters in High School. With elementary science teachers, high school science teachers have a huge helping hand in teaching and sparking scientific interest in our kids today as well as for our scientists and thinkers of the future. When I used to think about a science … Continue reading Why Elementary Science Matters (and How You Can Make It Happen)

Back to School: 3 Steps to Streamlining Your Lesson Planning

July is almost over already?!?! Summer goes by faster and faster each year I think. July is the month I always scheduled my CPE and professional development workshops to prepare for the upcoming school year. I also get organized and set up for my school year in July. I am a bit of a planning … Continue reading Back to School: 3 Steps to Streamlining Your Lesson Planning