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Establishing Classroom Procedures and Rules is Essential!

As any teacher knows, the classrooms that run the most efficiently are those that have clear expectations and procedures.  So, establishing classroom procedures and rules is essential!  Of course, it is better for everyone if these are set at the beginning of the year. Classroom Procedures Classroom procedures are consistent

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Valuable Classroom Setup Tips for Your Elementary Lab

How To Get Started with Classroom Setup When something is new to you, what do you do?  You look to others!  Fortunately, when given the opportunity to go from a classroom to the first science and STEM teacher in our building, I had help nearby!  My husband was a middle

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New Digital Resources for the Pandemic and Beyond

What are digital resources? Digital resources are electronic reference materials.  Slides, videos, websites, apps, blogs, etc are digital resources.  These teaching tools are stored on a computer.   Right now, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, most teachers and students use distance learning systems.  The teachers and students are physically separated.  They use

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The Effects of Sugar on the Human Body

    Who Doesn’t Love Sugar? We’re all born liking the taste.  Our earliest ancestors ate sweet fruits as a significant part of their diet.  Honey has always been a treasured find and was one of our earliest sweets.  Native Americans were making maple syrup thousands of years ago in

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Connecting Literacy and Science is Easier Than You Think!

Many Teachers are Reluctant to Teach Science Many classroom teachers hesitate to teach science or don’t teach it at all.  This is due to two things.  First, elementary teachers are encouraged to place a lot of emphasis on reading, writing, and math.  Second, very few elementary teachers have college training

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Do You Want to Host Your First Successful Family STEM Night?

Our Family STEM Night Experience Hosting a Family STEM Night is a worthwhile adventure!  It’s a great way to introduce families to the concepts of STEM.  In our experiences families were asking for more challenges! Having a short term committee is a good way to get started.  Each person found

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What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code™ is Coming! The Hour of Code takes place during Computer Science Education Week every year!  Computer Science Education Week is around December 9th.  December 9th is Grace Hopper’s birthday, and it’s a way of honoring her.  She was born in 1906.  She programmed computers for the

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A WebQuest is an Engaging Educational Tool

So, What is a WebQuest? A WebQuest is a great educational tool.  When students are doing a WebQuest they search the web for information.  The teacher usually gives students links to websites and/or videos.  The links are checked out in advance to make sure they are reliable. What makes a

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Building with Bricks – Simple STEM Activities

Who doesn’t love building with bricks!? People of all ages like building with bricks!  Parents buy large blocks for their toddlers to help them develop motor skills.  Older children are often given smaller bricks because they enjoy building things.  There are even Lego brick sets for adults! Building with bricks

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Simple and Fun Seed Dispersal Activities

  Fall is just around the corner.  Yesterday I was out on one of our favorite golf courses in upstate New York with my husband.  I was easily distracted by the beauty around us.   The trees were just starting to turn colors, and the thistles and cattails were bursting open. 

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Encouraging a Sense of Wonder is Important!

How do we best encourage a student’s sense of wonder and curiosity? In the last blog, I wrote about how it is our job as teachers to help students develop their sense of wonder and curiosity.  Simply put, science is the study of the natural world around us.  Clearly, science

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Helpful Hints for Teaching the NGSS

Teaching the NGSS Can Be Overwhelming For some teachers teaching the Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS, is daunting.  To me, it was a huge challenge.  I volunteered to teach kindergarten through fourth-grade science.  I also taught enrichment through STEM.  Starting a new program was super exciting!  Since then, I

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