Growing a self-sustaining plant ecosystem in the classroom is a fun and hands-on way to teach students about ecosystems as well as the water cycle. To complete this experiment you will need clear plastic 2 liter bottles, seeds or small plants, soil, water, scissors, and tape.
Standardized testing season can definitely be a crazy time for teachers, but what happens when it is over? As a teacher you have spent all this time preparing, reviewing, and assessing, now what?
The following are 5 ideas to help you navigate through those weeks and months after standardized testing.
Growing plants in the classroom is a fun and hands-on way to teach students about the needs of plants and plant structures. To complete this experiment you will need plastic baggies, seeds, cotton balls, water, and tape.
Have you ever discovered something new and thought to yourself "Where have you been all my life?!?" This was my exact thought when I first found out about digital Boom Cards™ created by Boom Learning.
I'm sure you have probably heard about task cards, and you may even use them in your classroom. Well, Boom Cards are a time-saving, digital version of task cards. If you are not already using Boom Cards in your classroom here are 5 reasons why you should be!
Looking for something fun to do this Earth Day? These 5 STEM Challenges are engaging and educational. Students learn the value of taking care of our planet through repurposing recyclables into usable materials.
So you are interested in setting up a makerspace?! Congratulations on taking the first step by doing some research. If a makerspace is properly set up and introduced, it can be a great tool for igniting student imagination and curiosity as well as building classroom community. Unfortunately, if the makerspace has not been set up with the students in mind, it will not be the student-centered and student-driven space it needs to be.
Easter is such a fun time of year in the classroom. There are so many educational activities that can be done around those little plastic eggs, Peeps, and jelly beans. While I don't particularly care to eat jelly beans or Peeps, they do make for a great STEM activity!
The following are four engaging classroom STEM activities that are perfect for the Easter season.
A makerspace is a great tool for igniting student imagination and curiosity. While in the makerspace students are encouraged to create, tinker, explore, discover, and invent using a variety of tools and materials. Unfortunately, if those tools are not well organized, and students are not properly taught how to use them, the result can be chaos.
The end of the year is the perfect time to incorporate hands-on projects and cooperative activities. The following are my top 5 favorite projects to keep students motivated and engaged in learning up until the last day of school.
A makerspace is a place in a classroom, library, or other common area of a school where students are encouraged to create, tinker, explore, discover, and invent using a variety of tools and materials. Effective makerspaces have been shown to foster peer-to-peer interaction as well as help students build confidence and take ownership of their learning. With so many benefits to the makerspace it is no wonder why they have taken off.
April is the perfect time to add some hands-on STEM fun to your classroom curriculum. The following activities are some of my favorite Earth Day and spring inspired STEM activities that are sure to get students engaged!
March is just a few days away, and I am looking forward to warmer temperatures as well spring STEM fun! The following are some of my favorite March STEM activities for elementary students.
Students love bottle flipping. Like it or not it is one of those crazes that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. So why not embrace the crazy by having students complete one of these hands-on bottle flipping STEM challenges??!
During our time on TpT, we have seen consistent growth. We don't believe this is an accident. We have focused on improving and refining 3 points of our store that are now paying significant dividends.
The 3 points are simple and obvious to understand, but we continue to take time and patience to improve and master. The goal of each of these is to bring greater clarity to your resource.
I don't know about you, but I am definitely getting excited for spring. There is just so much to look forward to such as warmer weather, being able to go outside for recess again, and working on fun and engaging spring STEM activities with students!
WE DID IT! Carly and I(Adam) have made it to the $75,000 TpT Milestone! We want to share with you how we did it, and give some advice on how you can improve your store.
Groundhog Day is fast approaching, and what better way to explain the science of light and shadows to students than with a hands-on STEM activity!
For this activity you will need a flashlight, popsicle stick, styrofoam cup, tape, and a groundhog cutout. Students will use these materials to investigate what conditions need to be met in order for the groundhog to see his shadow.
As teachers, we strive for the 100% perfect score. It's only natural.
But even our best resources occasionally get a sub 4.0 review. And many times (at least in my experience) the reviewer doesn't even give a reason. It's just "Great!" with a 3.5 review across the board.