Reading, writing and radon?

Science journals are becoming increasingly common in K-12 classrooms. Teachers are using them to access student thinking, to encourage reading and writing across the curriculum, and to make assessments more authentic. Journals can also be fairly easy to adapt for different learners. Some (or all) students can journal collaboratively, for instance. Other students can use […]

TODD’S TECH TUESDAY: Water cycle cinema

Found this great water cycle video on Science Notebooking. We love the idea of teaching related skills (e.g., literacy, tech) during content area lessons. This sort of product allows teachers to do just that and opens up so many opportunities to set different learning goals for different students. We especially love the idea of students […]

Sustainable housing PBL

If you are a science or engineering teacher, you must explore the project-based learning idea over at EduRuminate. Students created sustainable housing (albeit on a fairly small scale) as a way of learning about design, building, and ecology.

FUN FRIDAY: Swats o’ fun

As summer has turned to fall, you may be looking for uses for those classroom fly swatters. Well, Dr. Branstetter is here to help! Over at Notes from the School Psychologist, she is featuring rules for a game that (in her experience) is a real winner for students with ADHD and others needing a lot […]

FUN FRIDAY: Fold-a-fossil

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!

Fun with the water cycle

Ms. Durning over at Second Grade is Splendid has so many great ideas to share. One of my favorite ideas from her recent posts is her interactive water cycle bulletin board. In her classroom, students take turns placing evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection labels on the correct areas of the board. They can practice the […]

From moldy Jello to baby blood tests

And these are just a few titles of the hands-on biology lessons you can teach to reach your active learners who learn best with models, visuals, and engagement.

Differentiating the physics lab

I found a great short piece on differentiating the physics lab over at The Reflection of Physics. Even if you don’t teach physics, you may be interested as it offers quick and simple solutions to supporting diverse learners who are working on their own or in small groups.

Marching across the solar system

Want a clever way to help your students visualize the solar system? Check out┬áMrs. 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 students of all ages, as many learners (not just little ones) lack a sense of the […]

Reading, writing and radon?

Science journals are becoming increasingly common in K-12 classrooms. Teachers are using them to access student thinking, to encourage reading and writing across the curriculum, and to make assessments more authentic. Journals can also be fairly easy to adapt for different learners. Some (or all) students can journal collaboratively, for instance. Other students can use […]