Slinky drops, imploding drums, and other ways to have fun in science class

Veritasium is a really cool science video blog which features a range of topics including gravity, inertia, force and atoms. The goal of this blog is to make scientific ideas accessible and interesting. These short films are perfect for use in the differentiated classroom as they can be used in the classroom but reviewed at home for extra practice. Some students may be responsible for watching and answering questions about the experiments while [read more…]

A space for those who love space

Lately I have been hooked on NASA’s Kids Club page. I think I am interested in this flashy site because I am currently plowing through and loving The Astronaut Wives Club and because I love sites with bells and whistles. If you are intrigued by space and have students who are similarly intrigued, you will be a fan too. There are many tools and resources on this site. Kids can learn science, math, and language arts while learning about space and the work of NASA. Games are aimed toward [read more…]


Students who struggle to connect to content may suddenly “get it” when we integrate pop culture and favorite flicks. Check out Movieclips for a huge selection of movie scenes and video clip mashups to share.

This fantastic site not only has clips on every topic but the very best part of the site is being able to make your own mashups (a collection of clips strung together)! Here is a mashup of inspirational speeches– this one might be used by an English teacher [read more…]


If you have not yet seen The Periodic Visuals site, you will want to visit today. Even if you don’t teach science you will find this project intriguing (and you are likley to learn something new about one or more of the elements). Each one of the 118 elements on the periodic table has its own video. So many students who struggle in science need [read more…]

Cardboard boats afloat

Today, I am linking to a great lesson idea from the BIE [Buck Institute for Education] website/blog. Like Edutopia, this site is one of the best for learning about PBL. The post I am highlighting focuses on teamwork in the PBL classroom and the specific lesson it describes sounds like a ton of fun. Students in this classroom used math and science skills to [read more…]

Going “bats” for presentations

I recently discovered Mrs. Wideen’s blog and have subsequently spent hours reading her many posts on technology, student-centered instruction, and collaborative learning. One of my favorites was a recent post on moving beyond the worksheet. Click on over to the blog to learn about the presentations her students designed. You will not only see some great examples of [read more…]

Models from maps

The Teaching Channel today to share a great active learning lesson on making three-dimensional models. This detailed lesson illustrates how to focus on vocabulary during an activity-based lesson and how to create an experience that focuses on problem solving, collaboration, design and more. This is a complex lesson but so many different types of learners could participate in [read more…]

Science and standards

Seeking ideas for teaching to the standards across the content areas? This Edutopia post has a very detailed description of how to create science lessons that integrate literacy skills and provide opportunities for critical thinking. It also includes ideas for providing supports for diverse learners such as [read more…]

Spooky science

It’s not too late to conduct Halloween-inspired science experiments at school or at home. Check out these ideas from Science Bob’s Blog and then [read more…]

Folding Mt. Fuju

On their website, Canon (the camera & printer company) provides directions for creating stunning paper models of many science-related items and ideas including dinosaurs, insects, globes, sundials, and even a hydroelectric power plant!

There are so many models here that you could allow students to make choices based on their strengths and abilities. You might also adapt by [read more…]