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5 Benefits of Using Anchor Charts in the Science Classroom

    Before I taught in an elementary science lab, I taught special education and second grade.  I used anchor charts in both of these settings.  Naturally, I would use this beneficial tool in my science/STEAM lab.  Science concepts can be particularly difficult and complex, so having anchor charts is

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Top 10 Science YouTube Channels for Kids

    Science is an essential part of learning in school. It helps kids understand how things work and why they happen. YouTube channels help with this! I find that most students actively watch and listen when videos are shown. They often help students visualize things that they otherwise couldn’t.

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Four Paper STEM Challenges that are Fun and Low-Cost!

    Paper STEM activities are a great way to introduce children to STEM (STEAM) challenges. First of all, you have at least one of the materials. You can use printer paper, newspaper, construction paper, tagboard, index cards, and even recycled wrapping paper. Secondly, most students are highly engaged in

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14 of the Best Picture Books for Elementary Science

    New Picture Books for Science Each year, I enjoyed adding some new picture books for science to my classroom library!  I had a huge collection that was always popular with the kids! I still love to check out the list of “outstanding science trade books for students” that

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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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Use Anchor Charts in the STEM Lab to Increase Student Learning

What Are Anchor Charts? Anchor charts are educational posters.  These charts are visuals that help support or “anchor” student learning.  Generally, they are made with the students.  Sometimes teachers use anchor charts before and while teaching a concept.  One of the most common anchor charts is the KWL (what do

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