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Look for Intelligent Animals in Your Own Backyard!

Intelligent Animals:  What to Look For Animal Intelligence is the ability to learn, understand, and deal with new situations within one’s environment.  Just like humans (yes, we are animals), other animals also show signs of intelligence.  Some signs that an animal is smart are its ability to solve problems, communicate

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My First Podcast Interview Was A Lot of Fun!

Podcast Interview Fun! When Bonnie, of iheartSTEAM first reached out to me and asked if I wanted to do a podcast interview, I jumped at the chance!  For those of you that know me, you know that I am trying to branch out and embrace social media.  This is in

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Create a Spider Web: A Fun STEM Challenge!

  Observing Spider Webs Before creating a spider web, give students a chance to observe spider webs.  The best thing to do is to take the children outside and ask them to look for webs.  Tell students to observe and not touch the webs.  While observing, ask them to draw

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Easy STEM Challenge: Build a Boat

Phenomena for Building a Boat STEM Challenge First of all, what is phenomena?  In science, a phenomenon is simply an event or situation occurs.  The event causes students to wonder about it (I wish the NGSS would just do away with the word phenomena!).  Before building a boat there are

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Six Simple Ways of Teaching Science Virtually

Of course, we would all like to be teaching science as usual, with lots of hands-on labs.  But realistically, for many of us, that just isn’t possible right now as schools are teaching remotely.  The good news is that there are simple ways that we can teach science virtually. Teaching

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Overlooking the Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy is Guaranteed to Amaze You!

  Why visit the Bay of Fundy? The Bay of Fundy is one of the seven Natural Wonders of North America.  It is known for its massive tidal swings.  This Bay had been on Moe’s list of places to see for a long time.  So, to celebrate his retirement from

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How to Encourage a Love of Science at Home

Why Encourage Families to Engage in Science at Home Many parents think that science is a “hard” subject.  They may not have had formal science until middle or high school.  It might have been difficult for them.  Consequently, our job as educators is to get families comfortable with science and

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To let teacher know that there are science lesson plans that can help them

Valuable Science Lessons That Will Make Your Life Easier!

Why Use Science Lessons Developed by Science and STEAM Team? Two experienced science teachers wrote these science lessons.   When our school first implemented the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), I (Sarah) was teaching K -4 science.  There weren’t many materials available, and I had to develop lessons on my own. 

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Benefits of Rubrics in a STEM Lab

What is a rubric? As most of you know, a rubric is a teaching tool with many benefits.  Rubrics set out specific criteria that the teacher wants students to achieve.  Rubrics are often used for writing and project-based activities. Benefits of Rubrics in Science and STEM Labs Rubrics are ideal

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Why Accountable Talk is Important in STEAM

=   What is Accountable Talk? Accountable talk is talk that moves learning forward.  It is meaningful and polite.  It encourages students to really think about what they are learning and reflect upon it.  Thus, this type of talk can be used in all subject areas. Accountable Talk in STEAM

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Voice Levels in the Classroom

Now that you have your rules established, there are some other considerations for managing group work in a science or STEM class.  One thing to consider is the voice level.  You can set specific guidelines for students. Voice Levels Teachers have different types of teaching styles.  Some teachers like a

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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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