Nine great Science Teachers of TpT have teamed up once again to bring you this CD bundle at a deep discount. Grab over $125 worth of product for only $25 plus shipping! That’s 80% off! What’s the catch? Quantities limited , and the sale ends on Sunday! Buy a copy for yourself and three of your closest science teacher friends, they’ll make great gifts for the holidays!
Need some help incorporating STEM into your classroom? Here’s a round up of several resources for multiple grade levels to get you started. Some resources are free, others are a little bit of an investment – add them to your classroom wish-list, Christmas is right around the corner! Want even more? Check out my STEM Pinterest board!
Kids love playing with their food, they wont even realize they’re learning STEM with this Oreo Tower Engineering Challenge!
If you can find some clearance pumpkins right now, grab them and use them to teach! This post covers multiple ways to use pumpkins for teaching STEM in primary grades.
Turn your elementary students into engineers! This activity walks them through using columns to support structures and more!
This science lesson lasts several days – the decomposition cycle of a banana! Science lessons don’t get much cheaper than that…
Start them young with number sense! This post covers many ways to help kindergardeners understand number sense with “peas and carrots”.
STEM can definitely be fun, especially with these paper flyers! Both boys and girls will love this activity.
With a few simple items, your whole class will enjoy making spaghetti towers! An exercise in engineering that will bring out their critical thinking skills.
It only takes a bit of paper and a tray of water to splash into this great activity with your students! Students will learn surface tension while having fun!
Take advantage of candy canes being plentiful this time of year, and use them to incorporate STEM into your classroom! This activity teaches many concepts – especially that solids can change into other forms!
Here’s some more resources to add to your classroom wish-list for Santa!
Totally hooked on STEM now? Keep your eyes peeled – later this week I’ll have a special offer for you that you’re not going to want to miss!
Don’t forget to pin this post for later!
Science clipart from Robogirl Illustrates.
Today I am bringing you a guest post by a NEW blogging friend of mine. Tanya Villacis has become so excited about integrating Interactive Notebooks with her students that she has spent a great deal of time creating new flippables to make this year go so much smoother for her kiddos! Sit back, enjoy some coffee and read about her secrets to a great year!
Well it’s that time of year. Brand new pencils needing to be sharpened…freshly cut fabric sitting in the back of our cars for bulletin boards….new work outfits hanging in our closets. Back to school is among us. Summer is coming to a close and that twinge in our stomach is starting to set in. It’s not the sensation of sadness because we can longer sleep in till 9:00 (….okay maybe a little), but more the prospect of starting anew. A new school year calls for reflecting on the year before. There are always the grand successes and the unfortunate blunders that force educators to make decisions for the new batch of kiddos coming in. I’m still not over my colossal fail of a science experiment with butter and 44 students. Need I say more?
One new addition that I implemented to my teaching style this past year was flippables. THESE ARE MY RIDE OR DIE. I’ve used interactive notebooks for a few years now, but just recently dove into flippables.
What’s the secret to cutting doors and gluing paper that makes learning so much more fun for students? Whether it’s the flippable fairies sprinkling “engagement dust” on their little heads or the fluorescent cardstock I insist on using that is hypnotizing them, my students enjoy flippables. From my perspective they are more apt to take notes when using them and can really digest the massive amounts of knowledge I shovel down their little throats (thanks standardized testing).
I had great fun purchasing already made flippables on TPT throughout the school year when needed; however I reached a road block when teaching Earth’s rotation in science. OK….anyone who has taught Earth’s revolution and rotation knows my pain. Why do the curriculum gods insist on teaching such abstract concepts to 9 and 10 years old? I needed way more resources than the science textbook offered, but couldn’t find anything online.
Enter the lovely Jennifer and her IMPRESSIVE pack of flippables. This pack has EVERYTHING you could ever want. With extensive formats and options, making your own foldables tailored to your students’ needs, while aligned to your state’s curriculum (WOW, THAT’S A MOUTH FULL) is just a few clicks away.
It took me literally 30 minutes to put together 3 foldables for my students. With them we were able to really grasp the concept of Earth’s rotation and the connection to the seasons.
*Click on the picture above to learn more about this resource*
Of course there was also a hands-on component to strengthen understanding. I found squishy balls at Dollar Tree with a globe pattern. We poked a push pin on Florida and then took flashlights (representing the Sun) and modeled the rotation of Earth. SUCCESS. Mental light bulbs were going off all around my room that science lesson…or maybe it was all the flashlights that made it appear so bright.
Since that glorious science lesson I have made flippables for other various topics and subjects…Like these little guys…
You can find these products in my TpT store by clicking the images.
Be sure to check out Jennifer’s pack of templates. Thanks Jen for making our lives easier with your templates and thank you for giving me the opportunity to guest post.
Have a great 2014-2015 school year!
DIVIDE, CONQUER, AND MAKE A FLIPPABLE.
Just a few weeks ago I posted about using Diagrams in Interactive Notebooks. This week I received a fabulous email from a follower about how she used it right away in her classroom. Thanks Kristie!
I wanted to share with you a foldable that I created after reading your blog post on diagrams in INBs. As soon as I read your post, I knew I had to find some way to incorporate this creative idea. I decided to make one on energy in the atmosphere and radiation, conduction, and convection. It came out great and the kids loved it! Here are some pictures! Thanks for all the amazing ideas and resources!
Are you looking for some new ideas on including diagrams and charts in your Interactive Notebooks? Today over at All Things Elementary I am sharing a new idea on including those necessary diagrams to facilitate student memory. Not only are they colorful and creative but they are complete and add to the depth of students knowledge by having it right there at their hands.
I would love for you to pop on over to my Facebook Fan Page and leave a comment on how you include diagrams in your Interactive Notebooks as well!
Hello! I’m Ari from The Science Penguin. Big thanks to Jennifer for allowing me to do a guest post today on interactive notebooks.
I started using science notebooks my first year teaching. It was a bit of a mess, but I’ve developed some tips and tricks since then. Starting off the year with notebooks is usually pretty smooth, but maintaining them throughout the year can be accomplished easily with a few tricks.
I’m going to share 5 ways to help your students maintain meaningful notebooks.
Tip 1: Chances are pretty good you will get at least one new student. I’ve gotten anywhere between 1 and 7 new students throughout the year in my homeroom. Trying to catch them up with notebook expectations can be difficult if you don’t have the supplies ready. Depending on the student population trends at my school, I make extra notebooks before school starts or that first week for any new students.
Tip 2: Before starting a unit, I like to think about what entries I want students to complete. What questions should they be able to answer? What labs or activities will they record in their notebooks? What sort of fold-ups will we do for notetaking? Answering these questions usually lead to a variety of meaningful notebooking activities.
Tip 3: I don’t know about you, but I like to use a lot of little bits and pieces when notebooking. If something doesn’t get completed, paper can be stored in an envelope attached to the notebook. You can use a small manila envelope or even just make one out of paper.
Tip 4: I will have 3 classes of science next year and want to make sure their notebooks stay in shape and are always available. Instead of storing each class’s notebooks in one container, each of the 5 groups in each class have their own container. That means having 15 containers, but they are easy to access and clean up. I am using the containers shown below from Really Good Stuff for the first time next year.
|Containers from Really Good Stuff|
Tip 5: Keep a notebook along with the students. If you teach multiple classes, you may only be able to really maintain one notebook. You can model filling out the Table of Contents each time and keeping pages organized.
If you’re using Interactive Science Notebooks, stop by my blog to see more about how I use them.