Interactive notebooks for the young scientist

Many teachers are using interactive blogs in the science classroom, but I have seen most of them in the upper elementary classrooms. This blog post from Not Just Child’s Play provides inspiration for using them with the youngest scientists in our schools. I like interactive notebooks because they are a perfect example of a differentiated product. They allow for [read more…]

Differentiating deliciously

One of the easiest ways to become a differentiating expert is to spend some time watching the short, free video clips on The Teaching Channel. This one on teaching the engineering design process provides an idea for a really unique lesson product- an edible car. Let students demonstrate [read more…]

Creating cell models

This month, I am focused on differentiated products. Every day of October, I will be sharing a product that students can create to show what they know. I will feature a range of ideas including games, posters, written materials, pieces of art and more.

To kick off the series I am blogging about Amy Alvis, a creative middle school teacher who blogs about several different subject areas on her site, Math, Science, Social Studies…Oh My. You will love her detailed descriptions of lessons and the many snapshots of student work.

I found many posts appropriate for [read more…]

Students as test authors

The featured post today is written with college students in mind, but you can use it with almost any grade level. At The BOK Blog, they are suggesting that educators “flip” test prep and have students write and discuss their own proposed test questions as a way to [Read more…]

Wearing your bones on your sleeve

You will love this idea from Homeschool Share if you have a lot of visual or tactile learners in the classroom. To teach or reinforce a lesson on the systems of the human body, work with students to create these colorful and visually-interesting wearables.

When I first saw these cleverly constructed paper bag outfits, I began thinking about the possibilities for learning as students created their paper bags. By assembling the bags, students will have opportunities to review the placement of organs and bones and possibly even the connections between systems. As I spent more time looking at the post, I also realized that students can also profit from wearing their creations and spending time exploring the creations of their classmates. That is, one student’s wearable becomes a visual support for other students in the classroom! This project would be really helpful for tactile learners and those with low vision. Because it is a “show” instead of “tell” project, it would also be helpful for students learning English.

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Marching across the solar system

Want a clever way to help your students visualize the solar system? Check out Mrs. Wills Kindergarten Blog. She created a fabulous scaled model of the solar system in her school’s hallway. We think this map would be helpful to [Read more…]

A skit starring slope

Those of you that love Oscar season as much as I do, might be in drama hangover mode now that the awards shows have come to an end. Worry not. I am here to help!

You can recreate the experience of high drama, lights, and breathtaking dialogue by working with students on skits related to your area of study. One of my favorite posts on this is an oldie (but a goodie) from [Read more…]

Tasty, beautiful, and intriguing science instruction?

Steve Spangler’s science website and blog has so many cool tools and resources for teachers. It should be bookmarked by science teachers and elementary educators as well.

A guest post by Kristin Fitch caught my attention because of the focus on different ways of learning in the science classroom. Differentiation is not only about teaching to student levels or abilities, but [Read more…]

Dissolve into science

A new year and a new blog. I have never featured Sue Cahalane’s blog, Science for Kids, before but I will certainly be doing so in the future. This featured idea is engaging and appropriate for diverse learners and it includes easy step-by-step directions for the lab focused on [Read more…]

Graffiti board review

We try to feature (as much as possible) ideas that can be used across content areas so they may be repeated and learned across the school year. The graffiti board review is one such activity.

Mrs. Harris from Adventures of Room 129 uses this activity as an engaging review and as a way to get [Read more…]