Books for Science Classroom

My Top 20 Favorite Books For Your Science Classroom

I LOVE to have a stocked bookshelf in my science classroom. Not only does it give a great selection for curious kiddos to explore when they have some extra time, but it makes a great resource for filling extra class time with a valuable read aloud or reading activity. I keep seeing the question asked, … Continue reading My Top 20 Favorite Books For Your Science Classroom

READING IN THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM

Science and Literacy Teaching kids reading skills shouldn’t be left solely up to the reading or ELA teacher. Informational texts are challenging for kids and they need as much exposure to them as possible to develop the skills need to comprehend what they read. Teaching kids to read informational texts is an important job for a … Continue reading READING IN THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM

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

Creative Play and Learning

Playdoh + Glowsticks + Flashlights = Exciting Learning Fun! https://www.instagram.com/p/BP0Xa-uj5bi/?taken-by=teachersworkstation Having a four year old at home who is very interested in Science and Engineering keeps me busy looking for something to challenge or intrigue him. Today, he so proudly brought me that Earth he made. I have been building a 4th grade Earth, Sun, … Continue reading Creative Play and Learning

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 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 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