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First Day of School Science activities
In one of my semesters of students teaching I was in a kindergarten classroom and even though it wasn't used for a "first day of school" activity I think this could be used as one that the students with love! it is called STEM bins. She just had them in a set of pull-out drawers and each student wou...

by Siera Johnson > Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:45 PM

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Life Science
Anatomy-Human Body
What are the most successful experiments and activities you do with your kids when covering the human body? I am a student teacher and just looking for ideas on what works best. Any and all grades welcome as I am looking for ideas for any grade. 

by Kaylee Nungaray > Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:42 AM

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Life Science
Avoiding Lectures When Instructing Life Science
Hi Adam, Several years ago I was able to attend a short course at an NSTA National Conference called Lecture-Free Biology . It was led by Bonnie Wood. In the course, she outlined how she transitioned her biology courses from strictly lecture to a more student centered approach. Here is a link...

by Ruth Hutson > Tue Apr 17, 2018 10:58 PM

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Life Science
Avoiding Lectures When Instructing Life Science
I think it is very important to involve activities instead of just listening to a lecture and observing a power point slides. I believe every ( if possible) science lecture or new topic should have a hands on activity or a lab work whether it be individual, in a group, or as a class. Besides the cla...

by Claudia Corrales > Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:57 PM

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Life Science
Volcanoes lessons
While one of the activities (Lava Layering) uses baking soda and vinegar, it does it only to produce lava flows that can be mapped by students to get a sense of how periodic eruptions over time build up a volcanic mountain. I have used this with my students (9th grade), and point out that no model i...

by DeWolf > Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:26 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hello Leslie, I am also studying to be an elementary teacher. I am currently working with first graders. The most effective way I have incorporated STEM with my students is by providing them with hands-on activities. I have been incorporating science and math by providing the students with sc...

by Megan Bryant > Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:31 PM

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STEM
Teaching Plant Characteristics
Hi Jannet! I'm not sure what you mean by "experiments," but the Great Plant Escape and Plant Life Cycles website are designed for younger students with information and class activities. Mary B

by Mary Bigelow > Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:38 PM

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Elementary Science
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:32 PM

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Informal Science
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:31 PM

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Research in Science Education
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:31 PM

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New Teachers
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:30 PM

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STEM
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:30 PM

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Life Science
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:28 PM

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Professional Development
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:28 PM

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Professional Development
Implementing STEM in the Classroom
Hi Bianca! I think that it is great that you have been able to actively explore and implement Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) into your classroom. Unfortunately, in my current student teaching classroom, STEM gets pushed to the side when it is not Math. I think that maximizing thei...

by Alexis Lara > Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:11 AM

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STEM
Implementing STEM in my classroom
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. I believe that these are important to implement in ECE because these are the core subjects that drive our future engineers, doctors, programmers, astronauts, and so on. Getting children excited and engaged in these subjects at an ea...

by Fatima Babar > Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:11 AM

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STEM
Interactive Reflective Learning Journals
Hi Amanda! Like these other two ladies, I am also a student studying elementary education, and I'm also wrapping up my first semester of student teaching! I the elementary science content course that I am taking, my professor has us keep an interactive science journal. I like it because it's an e...

by Danielle Pinto > Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:29 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Managing Student Behavior
Hi Danielle, I am a preservice teacher in a 4th-grade classroom. I am in the same boat as you. The classroom I am in is self-contained and science is on our schedule for the last 45 minutes of the day. The kids are ready for the day to be over and go home. It is crucial to try to make the best o...

by Nayeli Salas > Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:11 PM

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New Teachers
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hey Leslie, STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. I think that based on the objectives, stem activities must change with the flow of the classroom. This is good because children need a lot of transitioning. Having STEM activities means that your lessons are fun, hands on, an...

by Angelica Munoz > Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:42 PM

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STEM
The new teacher in a group a veteran teachers
Hello, I am also about to graduate and become a new teacher. Based on what I have learned and seen working as a substitute for two years, I think that it's okay if other teachers do not take your ideas. More than likely, they won't. Teachers with years of experience sometimes don't want to take reco...

by Katherine Chambers > Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:52 PM

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New Teachers
States of Matter activities
Hello! I would like to share something from one of my education courses this semester. We learned about the states of matter the same way we have been many topics which is using the 5E lesson cycle. One of the activities that stood out to me was the Oobleck activity. It is based from a Dr....

by Yessica Castillo > Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:36 PM

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Elementary Science
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hi Leslie, I like to think of STEM as inquiry-based learning but with science, technology, engineering or math integration. There are specific standards that must be met, but there are so many resources that one can use. I personally love to go on Pinterest, there are so many ideas that can be us...

by Idania Caceres > Sun Apr 15, 2018 12:13 PM

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STEM
Fun Science Lessons
Hi Mary! I think kids will get excited over any science lesson that has them working with objects instead of just hearing about it. Being in a Kindergarten classroom as a student teacher it has really helped me in trying to make everything engaging to them as it is how they learn best. ...

by Brenda Rivera > Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:23 AM

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Elementary Science
Class Size
Hi Maci, The first thing I would do is get to know my students. Getting to know your students will allow you to personalize lessons and tailor it to your students. I think the with a smaller class you can come up with more individualized lessons. You can involve them in the teaching process as well...

by Hina Anwar > Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:56 PM

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Physical Science
The new teacher in a group a veteran teachers
Hello, I am about to graduate and become a new teacher.  I've seen some activities and lesson I want to do when I become a teacher, but what do I do if the whole grade level decides to do an activity I don't like or doesn't take my activity/lesson recommendation.  Also, it is a good idea to use p...

by Gisselle Medal > Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:31 PM

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New Teachers
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hello Leslie, A way you can incorporate STEM into the classroom is by at least having the students do an activity one a month. This activity should relate to topics and concepts taught during that month. STEM incorporates science, technology, engineering, and math subjects. You can find great S...

by Gisselle Medal > Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:13 PM

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STEM
Stream Monitoring Field Trip & Ecology
Hi Shalen and Mary! Another thing we had to do in Pennsylvania is to get a free educator collection permit which allowed any of our students under 16 to collect macroinvertebrates free. It might be worthwhile to check the fish and boat commission in your state to check. In PA, our Fish and Boat C...

by James Johnson > Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:53 PM

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Life Science
Learning Science Concepts through Play
Hello Kathleen! Thank you for your post! I find myself always sneaking in an engaging game at the end of the lesson to create some movement or competition within the class. I ask myself sometimes if this is too fun for the students. I believe that the students should always have fun while learning...

by Taylor Luu > Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:30 PM

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Early Childhood
Interactive Reflective Learning Journals
Hi Amanda! Back when I was in middle school, we had science journals where we would write the vocabulary words with visuals, notes over activities, and reflect on what we learn and thought about the activity. The teacher would take our notebooks every six weeks for grades. Our teacher would also...

by Carolina Olvera > Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:29 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Fun Science Lessons
Hello Mary, I am currently studying to be an Elementary teacher so I have observed different science teachers from different grade levels.I have noticed that students have the most fun or are most engaged in science lessons that include hands-on activities. This means that students are discoveri...

by Gisselle Medal > Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:29 PM

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Elementary Science
Fun Science Lessons
I believe that students learn by playing in the classrooms and by having hands on activities where they can explore their options. there are also some articles that I have attached to some activities that you can try with your children. http://static.nsta.org/files/sc0909_54.pdf http://static...

by Katelyn Shultz > Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:52 PM

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Elementary Science
Learning Science Concepts through Play
Hello Kathy, Thank you for sharing the article. I essentially believe that these are children and the only way they will get engaged is through play, or amazing experiments. At the children center that I work play is an essential to the children and we allow them to be exposed of a balance that in...

by Luz Alonzo > Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:05 PM

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Early Childhood
Engaging Students in the Classroom
I agree having the students engaged is the essential tool for a successful lesson. I like the idea of building their curiosity and interest with a video. I love the game idea as well, I am currently in a elementary science course where my professor gives us amazing engagement without teaching the co...

by Luz Alonzo > Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:43 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Science Projects.
I agree! I am currently student teaching and in my school we are only focusing on STAAR testing. They have taken science as an elective for once a week. I find it really unfair, because science was part of doing experiments, exploring and learning new material that will connect a you move on to the ...

by Luz Alonzo > Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:07 PM

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Elementary Science
Learning Science Concepts through Play
Kathy! Thank you for sharing this idea and the article attached to it. I really enjoyed reading about "hands on, minds on" in the article. I think it is very important to get students using their hands and thinking more abstractly than just doing worksheets. I have experienced teachers on both ends ...

by Drew Wilson > Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:28 PM

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Early Childhood
Cells can't be boring!!
Having the students Engage will be the most important part of the lesson. Cells is not an exciting topic to teach, but with great activities and a lot of hands on the topic will get the students engage at all times. I think science is a great subject because a lot of hands on activities can get any ...

by Luz Alonzo > Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:47 PM

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Life Science
First Day of School Science activities
This is a great first day activity to do with the students! Especially now since science is not always implemented into the classroom, or if it is, it seems to be very minimal lately. They could use these tools in future lessons, or even maybe later in their everyday life. This is a time for the s...

by Taylor Luu > Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:45 AM

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Life Science
STEM and Fairy Tales
Thank you so much for sharing. I love the fact that we are combining two learning's in one. Both of these were my favorite as a child and I would be incorporating more of the STEM activities into my lessons. This makes me excited because the students at any age enjoy building, and making spontaneous...

by Luz Alonzo > Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:04 AM

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STEM
Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
Inquiry based lessons are beneficial in a variety of ways. Inquiry based lessons have to do with teach guiding and facilitating rather than spoon feeding information to students are having students sit, listen to a lecture, read a textbook and write notes. Not only will the students be engaged in ac...

by Ashley Garcia > Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:59 PM

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Elementary Science
Class Size
Hi Maci. Your post really grabbed my attention. From the perspective of the student that has been in a small class before, I can say it was amazing and I loved it! We had rich and meaningful conversations in class. We worked in extremely small groups and created great friendships. Even though it was...

by Anna Snowden > Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:05 PM

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Physical Science
1st Grade activities
As a future teacher, I am always on the look out for engaging activities for my first graders! One of the most exciting lessons I had the chance to take part of was the opportunity to raise chicks. My first grade teacher worked for weeks to prepare us and explain what a big responsibility it was to ...

by Colleen Ray > Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:06 PM

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Early Childhood
First Day of School Science activities
Everyone has such great ideas on first day Science activities! I know that I always loved doing things outdoors, so maybe incorporating nature and the outdoors would be a great introduction to your new students.

by Melissa Deleon > Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:25 PM

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Life Science
Engagement
I believe that trying to incorporate as many hands on activities and materials in a science lesson can really get students engaged. Also, lessons that are student-centered and allow students to discover in a guided inquiry approach allow for more student engagement.

by Kyra Kish > Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:32 PM

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Early Childhood
Safety Rules in the Classroom
I totally agree! Safety should always be a priority. Even when experiments are "simple" students can always find a different way to do things and might get hurt or hurt someone by accident. I am currently student teaching at a second grade classroom and I taught a science lesson recently. I had a lo...

by Claudia Duca > Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:59 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:30 PM

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Informal Science
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:29 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:28 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:28 PM

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STEM
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:27 PM

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New Teachers
PD in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:26 PM

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Life Science
PD in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:25 PM

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Professional Development
Implementing STEM in my classroom
STEM is a major topic in the field of education. Implementing science, technology, engineering and mathematics together, in an interdisciplinary fashion, is a revolutionary concept. I think it's great that you are attempting to implement this at such an early age. Research has shown that it is extre...

by Ryan Crim > Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:38 PM

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STEM
1st Grade activities
I agree! Any age-appropriate hands on activities are always great for first graders. Also, outdoor activities are excellent alternatives to classroom activities since the students can explore and observe nature.

by Irene Hernandez > Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:04 PM

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Early Childhood
Why Lima Bean Projects Are Still Used In Classrooms Today
As years pass, curriculum and certain activities have been modified to the changes of time. There are some activities and projects that withstand through the changes of time and are still practiced to this day, of of those being the Lima Bean project.Lima Bean projects have been done as an introduct...

by Caridad Camaraza > Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:53 PM

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Early Childhood
Science Notebooks
Sayde, I am currently in my student teaching year, and in the science teacher's classroom she uses science notebooks when they complete activites and learn new vocabulary. What I would love to do in my classroom is use a science notebook as their main way to write things down and create things. I...

by Megan Bradburn > Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:44 PM

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Life Science
Living vs. Nonliving things
Hello everyone, I wanted to know different inputs on how you teach living vs. nonliving things in your classroom? I'd love to explore fun, engaging, unique ways that teachers teach this concept! I don't like to see reading straight from a book, I love hands-on or active learning activities! Thanks! 

by Rachel Chaple > Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:40 PM

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Life Science
Food Chains for first grade!
Hey everyone, I am currently working with 1st grade and will be doing an inquiry lesson on food chains with them. I am having them organize their own food chains and try to come up with an explanation on why their food chain is organized like how they did it. For extend they will explain what would ...

by Rachel Chaple > Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:35 PM

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Early Childhood
Inquiry Based Investigations
I am a student teacher and I am going to teach a lesson on magnet interactions for a Kindergarten class. I am a little confused as to how to create a full 5E lesson for a Kindergarten class. I would appreciate any suggestions! Would it be better to split it up for several days or should it be a very...

by Griselda Cazares > Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:48 PM

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Elementary Science
STEM in my future classroom
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesiv...

by Griselda Cazares > Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:33 PM

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STEM
Cells can't be boring!!
Hi, my name is Colette and I am a student from FIU. This is a very interesting topic which I think students should learn step by step because of if complexity. I totally agree with you that cells is very hard to understand because it has many facts to learn. It is not an easy organ to understand. St...

by Colette Fortilus > Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:13 PM

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Life Science
Cells can't be boring!!
Hi, my name is Colette and I am a student from FIU. This is a very interesting topic which I think students should learn step by step because of if complexity. I totally agree with you that cells is very hard to understand because it has many facts to learn. It is not an easy organ to understand. St...

by Colette Fortilus > Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:12 PM

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Life Science
Effectiveness of an inquiry lesson
Hi, i am a junior in FIU and majoring in Elementary Education  I wanted to hear about a few success stories or experiences of teaching inquiry lessons to an elementary classroom, as well as any tips that could help facilitate the classroom while completing the activities.  Do guided questions ...

by Marved Altamirano > Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:20 PM

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Elementary Science
Cells can't be boring!!
Hi, my name is Grettel. I agree with you that cells is a very complex concept to teach. It is definitely something the students need to learn therefore we should make sure they have fun learning about cells through cooperative learning and hands-on activities. This is an interesting concept that may...

by grettel vazquez > Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:50 PM

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Life Science
1st Grade activities
Hello Danielle! There are a lot of fun science activities for first graders that are also inquiry activities! A really popular activity deals with the life cycle of a butterfly, though this would take a few classes to complete. This activity should be done prior to teaching about the life cycle of a...

by Carili Rubiera > Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:44 PM

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Early Childhood
Disruptive Student Behavior
When it comes to student behavior, there are many factors outside of our control. However, we can control the climate in our classroom. Students need to be engaged! They also need to know and be reminded of classroom expectations. Does your teacher have the rules, consequences, and rewards posted in...

by Pamela Dupre > Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:12 PM

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New Teachers
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hi Leslie, Currently, I am student teaching 4th grade math. I believe that STEM, which stands for science, engineering, technology, and mathematics, is extremely important to focus on in the classroom. Technology, research, medical fields, and engineering fields, just to name a few are growing at...

by Anna Snowden > Sun Apr 08, 2018 3:19 PM

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STEM
Fun Science Lessons
I really like hands-on activities with students. The classic earth science experiment with coal and crystals is great. Coal can be used to create amazing gems. In this earth science activity, the students will use chemicals to create crystals from coal. The students will also learn about...

by Vivian Del Cid > Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:42 AM

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Elementary Science
Some Resources to teach CER (Claim Evidence Reasoning) in Science
These resources are very helpful for introducing CER to students. I struggled to see how I can make the CER framework clear and engaging enough for students to understand. I will definitely use these activities in the future! Thankyou.

by Minnu Messiahdas > Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:40 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
I have been learning about Inquiry-based learning and it's very beneficial for students. It allows students to take action towards their learning. They have an opportunity to be engaged in a topic as they make predictions, they analyze different things, participate actively in hands-on activities, a...

by Claudia Mesia > Sat Apr 07, 2018 3:25 PM

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Elementary Science
Using Science Notebooks for Assessment/Evaluation
Hey Julie, I think interactive notebooks are great. Keeping a science notebook encourages student to reflect on inquiry observations, activities and investigations. It is a great way for students to demonstrate their understanding of science concepts and for teachers to provide feedback. It's a good...

by Krystal Brea > Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:51 PM

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Evaluation and Assessment
Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
Inquiry-based learning is very beneficial for younger elementary students! Having the students engage in activities that they can relate to helps them understand the science context behind it better, instead of just giving them some definitions and concepts. This allows them to actually learn as the...

by Melissa Garcia > Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:34 PM

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Elementary Science
Learning Science Concepts through Play
Thank you for sharing this link it was a great read. Personally I believe children need to have fun and what a better way to have fun and learn at the same time. Sometimes we as adults forget that children are full of energy and sometimes is hard for them to stay focus for long periods of time, howe...

by Ambar Fernandez > Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:06 PM

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Early Childhood
Interactive activities
Hi! Can anyone tell me any good interactive games or videos to do with elementary grade students? Maybe some that can be used with the SmartBoard? It can be on any topic or grade level. Thanks!

by Natalie Bolivar > Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:31 AM

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Elementary Science
Implementing STEM in my classroom
Hi Leslie, I am also studying to be an Elementary School teacher! I think that with Kindergarten the two major aspects of STEM that can be easily implemented would be both technology, and engineering. Engineering can be incorporated into many activities at that level due to their natural desire to...

by Glory Scollon > Thu Apr 05, 2018 7:07 PM

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STEM
Inquiry-Based Learning in Elementary School
Teaching science through inquiry gives students the opportunity to make learning their own. Students are more likely to understand and gain knowldge through their own thinking and curiosity. Students are always asking questions and are curious about their surroundings. Through inquiry lessons, teach...

by Alondra Hernandez > Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:53 AM

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Elementary Science
Fun Science Lessons
Hi Mary, I have seen that the most engaging activities are the ones that students do themselves. Although the outcome is not always the "coolest", students enjoy hands on activities. I have tried where students walk on eggs, they are so convinced the eggs are going to crack under pressure and to se...

by Claudia Duca > Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:56 PM

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Elementary Science
Earth Day is just around the corner (April 22)! How do you celebrate science with your students on this special day?
Hi Megan! Thank you for sharing such awesome resources!! My favorite one was the "Recycling Into Art." The art piece they created looks beautiful! I've only worked with preschoolers before. They get very excited about recycling and doing things to save the earth. Also, they love art, so combining...

by Claudia Duca > Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:28 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Getting the Students Excited About Science
Hi Aleida! Getting students excited about science is easy with the right tools and activities! When I was younger science was always one of my favorites, because I always found out something new that seemed mind blowing at the time. For example, anything that tested my already established point o...

by Brianna Martin > Wed Apr 04, 2018 5:50 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Keeping Kinder Active
Hi Brenda! Your question is a good one! I'm assuming you're referring to students becoming "hyper" during a hands-on activity. Even in high school and middle school, students get excited, and that's a good thing. The challenge is to channel their enthusiasm and keep their focus on the activities....

by Mary Bigelow > Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:09 PM

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Early Childhood
Keeping Students Engaged
Andrea, As a pre-service teacher, I do not have a ton of experience under my belt, but what I have noticed with the second graders I am with is that when they are moving, they are engaged. They LOVE activities that keep them moving. I am not in a science class, but when I did have an opportunity ...

by Megan Bradburn > Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:10 PM

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Elementary Science
Teaching Science Creatively
Interdisciplinary curriculum is the best way to hit the minimum requirements and integrate other subjects that are given less time. Math and science are fairly easily taught together as science is applied math. However, there are ways to also include literacy into the science curriculum. Such as: sc...

by Angel Peterson > Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:43 AM

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Next Generation Science Standards
Growing Excitement for Science
Hello Chanel, There are a host of demonstrations and hands-on activities to thoroughly impress a class and start off the year with a real rush! I used to do quick STEM challenges using drinking straws and tape that not only got students moving the first day but taught teamwork as well. We broke int...

by Gabe Kraljevic > Sat Mar 31, 2018 1:45 AM

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New Teachers
What is STEM and how can you implement it in the classroom?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in these four disciplines in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Some ways I can implement STEM in my classroom is by allowing students to use iPad's or computers for ...

by Danielle Cavazos > Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:03 PM

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STEM
New Student Teacher
Natashia, I am a pre-service teacher and have experienced and heard a lot about the limited time science is getting in schools. This can be heart breaking for a teacher who thinks that science is so important, and for students who would love to learn how things work and experiment. However, you c...

by Kennedy Carber > Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:30 PM

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New Teachers
Teaching Earth Science for the first time
I have been learning about different "icebreaker" activities to do with my future students through my education classes. One idea I remember learning about is to have all the students take out a blank piece of paper. Tell them NOT to write their name on it.Give the students a few questions to answer...

by Kennedy Carber > Fri Mar 30, 2018 3:21 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Free STEM PD with Classroom Materials and Year-round Support
MDA STEM Education Development (STEM ED) is a professional development program for K-8 teachers and informal educators. STEM ED begins with a week-long summer workshop during which educators explore STEM concepts in real-world contexts and develop STEM-related instructional activities aligned wi...

by Lara Stubbs > Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:38 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Free STEM PD with Classroom Materials and Year-round Support
MDA STEM Education Development (STEM ED) is a professional development program for K-8 teachers and informal educators. STEM ED begins with a week-long summer workshop during which educators explore STEM concepts in real-world contexts and develop STEM-related instructional activities aligned with s...

by Lara Stubbs > Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:01 PM

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Elementary Science
FREE Elementary/Middle STEM Teacher Professional Development- Due April 15
MDA STEM Education Development (STEM ED) is a formal professional development program for K-8 teachers and informal educators. STEM ED begins with a week-long summer workshop during which educators explore STEM concepts in real-world contexts and develop STEM-related instructional activities aligned...

by Lara Stubbs > Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:17 PM

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STEM
FREE Elementary/Middle STEM Teacher Professional Development
Free STEM PD with Classroom Materials and Year-round Support MDA STEM Education Development (STEM ED) is a formal professional development program for K-8 teachers and informal educators. STEM ED begins with a week-long summer workshop during which educators explore STEM concepts in real-world co...

by Lara Stubbs > Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:06 PM

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Professional Development
New Student Teacher
Hi Everyone! I'm Natashia, I am currently a new student teacher for a first grade classroom. I am looking for quick, fun, and engaging activities.Sadly, the school that I am at gives teachers 15 to 20 minutes to teach science. From what I have learned this is not uncommon in schools. Schools focu...

by Natashia Silva > Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:05 AM

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New Teachers
Getting the Students Excited About Science
Hi Aleida, I found this really fun website where you can find several activities to teach your students about different topics. I found this interesting lesson about KE and PE. Hope this helps! https://www.sciencebuddies.org/teacher-resources/lesson-plans/balloon-car

by Lory Hernandez > Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:01 PM

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General Science and Teaching
New Student Teacher
Hello Almira, I'm not exactly sure why STEM stopped with the 4 letters - or 5 if you go to STEAM. I think that it's better for students to see how everything links up and that all the subjects have importance in our lives. As for STEM/STEAM activities for use in Social Studies or ELA: Almost any...

by Gabe Kraljevic > Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:21 PM

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New Teachers
Pre Service Teacher
Hands on, minds on science is the way to go! activities that make students think, give them choices and encourage them to question and explore are things to work toward. STEM is one way to get students active and use their imaginations. I made up a collection here that you might be interested in:...

by Gabe Kraljevic > Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:02 PM

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New Teachers
STEM activities
Hello there, Sonia! I put together a bunch of STEM activities and resources in a Collection here at the Learning Center.  Help yourself.  Feel free to contact me if you need any help! Regards, Gabe Kraljevic

by Gabe Kraljevic > Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:45 PM

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New Teachers
Physics Songs
I like Mr. Parr's science songs. I often play them as background music during class activities and afterschool. Kids often tell me that I ruined the real songs for them, because they can only remember the science lyrics when they hear it on the radio, because i play them so often.

by Amy George > Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:06 PM

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Physical Science
Keeping Students Engaged
Using the 5E model of lesson planning is actually a good way to start. If you're looking specifically into things that keep them engaged for the whole period, then I suggest implementing STEM into your classroom. Here are a few examples of STEM activities for Elementary children: http://www.teachju...

by An Vu > Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:23 PM

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Elementary Science
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:35 PM

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STEM
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:35 PM

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Life Science
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:34 PM

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New Teachers
Professional Development in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
It is finally starting to feel a bit like Spring. Maybe it is time for you to start thinking about planning for your summer professional development. . We still have some spaces available at the summer educator training workshop in Bermuda at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences from June 25-30...

by Edward Argenta > Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:33 PM

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General Science and Teaching