Wendi Laurence

I design STEAM learning experiences and teacher support systems. Fascinated by astronomy, puppets, the arts as a way of thinking in STEM and supporting dyslexic students.




Create-osity; Meadowlark Elementary

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Recent Posts by Wendi

Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:44 PM in Teaching Science to Kindergarten in a Short Time Frame
These are great questions -- and I know there is a NSTA Twitter chat tonight with the chance to ask ECE science/STEM questions. From Carolyn Hayes' Twitter feed: Join [s]#[/s] NSTAchat TH - Jan 11 - 9Pm ET and discuss [s]#[/s] earlyscilearning [s]#[/s] ECE with [s]@[/s] PeggyAshbrook and others. Join in the conversation! [s]#[/s] NSTA [s]#[/s] NSTA18 [s]#[/s] kindergarten ...

Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:09 PM in Joy & Wonder - Inspiration and Innovation
I would love to start a new thread here --- I often want to log in and just celebrate the amazing innovative things happening in learning. So I am posting an open invitation to share a favorite resource that made the difference and how you plan to use it in your class. If you are interested - in keeping this going - share what inspires you this week... I am going to dive into a book I found abo...

Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:02 PM in Science Phenomena
Hello, I love this question! For fun I follow a twitter feed @phenomena. It makes me think --- which is exactly what we want our kiddos doing. Always wondering..... NSTA has a great NGSS section and a ton of books....but to begin with try this link and scroll on down to phenomena... http://ngss.nsta.org/ngss-tools.aspx One idea that worked in my teaching for years - was keeping "I won...

Recent Reviews by Wendi

Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:35 PM
5 Discovering what they know
The formative assessments in this book provide a chance to have our younger students tell us about what they are thinking and see how their concepts change over time. I learn something every time I use these - from how children are making sense of science to my own ideas about science. Most of all it offers a window into the complex conceptual understanding that develops in early childhood.

Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:25 PM
5 Connecting to Home
I appreciated the focus on transfer and connections. The transfer in taking learning in one setting to another. In student learning stories academic language makes learning visible and connected between home and school. A great way to use journals - so often they sit in boxes at school!

Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:37 PM
5 Observing Winter Residents
I appreciated the role of observation in this article. There are three tiers of resources - background sources for teachers, class materials and a guide for an observation walk.

Recent Public Collections by Wendi


7 Resources

5th grade Electricity

Science 101: What Causes Lightning and Thunder?
Type: Journal Article

Why Static Clings
Type: Journal Article


4 Resources

Coral Reef Ecosystems
Type: SciPack

Flow of Matter and Energy in Ecosystems
Type: SciPack

Journaling to Learn

4 Resources

Reinvigorating Science Journals
Type: Journal Article

Journaling: A Bridge Between School and Home
Type: Journal Article