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

How to get your work done during the school day (and leave on time)

Hi teacher friends! Since school is starting back up, I want to share my secret to keeping my sanity while teaching. I am a planner, and I figured out very quickly that teaching was a job that needed serious time management. At first, I spent nights and weekends grading papers. It took me four hours on … Continue reading How to get your work done during the school day (and leave on time)

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)

Week Twenty-Six Science Lessons: Plant Adaptations and Animal Adaptations (Structures and Functions)

Grade 5 Science Week Twenty-six Lessons This week we will start the Organisms Unit. We are going to take a look at how the structures and functions of plants and animals work, and why they are important. Links to actual materials and lessons are provided throughout this post. I hope you can find something to help make planning this … Continue reading Week Twenty-Six Science Lessons: Plant Adaptations and Animal Adaptations (Structures and Functions)

Week 24 Science Lessons: Carbon Dioxide – Oxygen Cycle and Photosynthesis

Grade 5 Science Week Twenty-four Lessons This week we will continue the Environments Unit. We are going to take a look at how the carbon dioxide- oxygen cycle and photosynthesis work, and why they are important. Links to actual materials and lessons are provided throughout this post. I hope you can find something to help make planning this … Continue reading Week 24 Science Lessons: Carbon Dioxide – Oxygen Cycle and Photosynthesis

Week Eighteen Science Lessons: Moon Phases

Grade 5 Science Week Eighteen Lessons This week we will continue the Space Unit. This week we will cover the Moon Phases. Moon phases are not exactly a 5th grade standard. However, they are required to know it and recall the phases from 4th grade. Students struggle with understanding the moon phases even in middle school! So, it … Continue reading Week Eighteen Science Lessons: Moon Phases

The Twelve Days of Christmas Tips and Gifts: Tenth Day – Higher Level Thinking Activites

Follow with me each day as I post my 12 gifts of Christmas for teachers. Each day will have a tip to encourage engaged learning in your classroom and a free gift to accompany that tip. Here goes the tenth day! On the tenth day of Christmas, Elementary Ali gave to me… Ten Higher Level Thinking Activities! … Continue reading The Twelve Days of Christmas Tips and Gifts: Tenth Day – Higher Level Thinking Activites

Week Seventeen Science Lessons: The Water Cycle

Grade 5 Science Week Seventeen Lessons This week we will start the Space Unit. Space in 5th grade looks at the interactions between space and earth. We will be exploring the Water Cycle this week. Students will observe and diagram the steps of the water cycle. Here is a lesson to help you plan. Links to actual … Continue reading Week Seventeen Science Lessons: The Water Cycle

The Twelve Days of Christmas Tips and Gifts: Fourth Day of Christmas – Interactive Notebook Templates

Follow with me each day as I post my 12 gifts of Christmas for teachers. Each day will have a tip to encourage engaged learning in your classroom and a free gift to accompany that tip. Here goes the fourth day! On the fourth day of Christmas, Elementary Ali gave to me… Four Interactive Notebook Templates! Interactive … Continue reading The Twelve Days of Christmas Tips and Gifts: Fourth Day of Christmas – Interactive Notebook Templates