4 Ways To Get Engagement Back After Break

Us teachers know: the weeks before a break are nearly impossible to keep students engaged and learning. We are just trying to keep everyone alive and maybe entertained. Am I right?! The week or two after break can be just as challenging. We have to get our students readjusted to classroom procedures and learning. I … Continue reading 4 Ways To Get Engagement Back After Break

Teacher Tip: How to leave work on time every day

It's time to take back your nights and weekends. You deserve it! How I leave work on time each day! {without compromising student learning or success} Honestly, I rarely leave work late as a teacher. I am not a slacker, and my students have always thrived in learning and scored high enough to keep our … Continue reading Teacher Tip: How to leave work on time every day

Interactions in Ecosystems: This Week in 5th Grade Science

Life Science is something that I love to teach in Spring because animals and plants are becoming active again. We can teach what students are starting to see in their world around them. Plus, we have more opportunity to tie in natural occurrences to our lessons such as baby animals and plant growth. This week … Continue reading Interactions in Ecosystems: This Week in 5th Grade Science

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 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

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)