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Famous Women Scientists: Four Picture Books to Read Aloud

    The Amazing Scientists Book Series The Amazing Scientists book series, written by Julia Finley Mosca and illustrated by Daniel Rieley, features four famous women scientists.  I first became aware of these delightful picture books on one of the National Science Teachers Association’s lists of top STEM books of

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Outstanding Science Reading Passages that Will Engage Students

Why are Science Reading Passage Essential? As a former classroom teacher and English Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator,  I find that having quality science reading material is a must.  First of all, according to the Common Core standards, 50% of all reading should be non-fiction text.  Reading about science topics is

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Pepito, a Blind Cat, Is So Happy to “See” Us!

Pepito is So Happy to “See” Us! We first met Pepito, a blind cat, four years ago when visiting our son and his girlfriend in Kanab, Utah.  Both Craig and Carrie worked at Best Friend’s Animal Sanctuary, the largest no-kill sanctuary in the United States. Craig and Carrie have numerous

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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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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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