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Two Thanksgiving Science Activities for Learning about Matter

These two Thanksgiving science activities are great stand-alone experiments.  But, I pair them with the children’s book Cranberry Thanksgiving, written by Harry and Wendy Devlin.  These are perfect for the week of Thanksgiving break. Making Butter in a Jar This Thanksgiving science activity gives you lots of bang for the

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Awesome Science Activities for the First Day of School

Getting to Know Students Scientifically Every year teachers do “getting to know you” activities on the first day of school.  Why not change it up this year with some science fun?  Students will love these science activities and be totally engaged!      Materials Needed a recording sheet mirrors magnifying

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7 Reasons Our Science Units are Perfect for Primary Grades

Our Science Units are Aligned to NGSS As each science unit was developed, we studied each Next Generation Science Standard.  In addition, we looked closely at all of the NGSS evidence statements that go with each standard.  The evidence statements give added detail about what students should know and be

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Insects: Three Activities That Will Engage Students!

, Learning About Insects Most kids are fascinated by insects!  The estimated number of insect species in the world is 900,000, so it should be easy for students to find one that they would like to discover more about.      Overview of Insects It’s fun to start with phenomena

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Have Beavers Been Here? A Fun Family Outdoor Adventure

How the Hunt for Evidence of Beavers Started Beavers live in a wetland habitat.  My kindergarteners were learning about habitats.  I showed them this video.  It has a catchy little tune that had them wanting to sing it again and again! As you can see the beaver appears at the

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5 Renewable Energy Sources: The Pros and Cons Simplified

What is Renewable Energy, and Why Should Students Learn About It? Renewable energy is an energy that is continually replenished.  There is an unlimited supply, and they do not contribute to climate change.  Thus, knowing their advantages and disadvantages helps us to understand how we can use the right mix

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Climate Change: How One Student’s Question Pushed Me to Find Data

The Question That Started It All “Climate change isn’t real,” the student said.  I responded with my usual “Scientists tell us there’s a lot of evidence for it”.  The student chimed back, “Well you haven’t shown us any.  I mean… where are your numbers?”.  Oof.  In one time-stands-still “Ah-ha” moment,

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Periodic Cicadas: What’s the Big Buzz About?

Cicadas Noise Have you ever heard the buzz of cicadas?  If you have, you probably remember their distinctive sound!  These insects make a loud buzzing sound that grows louder and louder.  To hear their sound and learn how they make it listen to this video from 1:50 to 2:30!  

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