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Ideas for Back to School Science Activities

Once upon a time, I was a boring science teacher. Back to school science activities consisted of stale icebreakers, rules, procedures, lab safety and "getting to know you" worksheets. I was not confident enough go "hands on" in the first week of school before my students understood my classroom expectations and lab procedures. Too much… Continue reading Ideas for Back to School Science Activities

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Teaching the Metric System: Why it is SO hard!

Have you struggled with teaching the metric system to your students? You aren't alone! I reached out to a professional math tutor to help shed some light on why it is so hard to teach metric measurement in the United States. Learning math is not entirely different from learning language, and metric units must be… Continue reading Teaching the Metric System: Why it is SO hard!

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First Day of School Science Demo – WOW your students from day one!

As I have mentioned before, GOING BIG at the beginning of the year sets you up for success in the months to come. Pulling off something amazing will give you confidence in yourself, and also give students confidence in you as an instructor. Some teachers may feel that doing "too much too soon" sets unrealistic… Continue reading First Day of School Science Demo – WOW your students from day one!

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What’s in the Lab? Investigating Why the Ocean is Salty

Students ask so many questions. As teachers, we don't always have the answers. What is the temperature in space? How many plants are carnivorous? Why is the ocean salty? The first time a student asked me this question, I honestly had no idea how to answer it. However, the great thing about being a science… Continue reading What’s in the Lab? Investigating Why the Ocean is Salty

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5th Grade Science STAAR: Test Prep and Review Strategies

The 5th Grade Science STAAR test has higher standards for passing and obtaining mastery than any other subject. It's a tough test, too. For years, I have been working on a strategy to help my students master this test without "teaching the test". No one likes to think about standardized testing every. single. day. Focusing… Continue reading 5th Grade Science STAAR: Test Prep and Review Strategies