Lab Day, Resources

Dichotomous Key Worksheets and Activities

Teaching dichotomous keys to students can be a dry topic but it doesn't have to be! You may not have noticed this about me...but I love science AND art. I try to find cross curricular opportunities when possible with ALL other subjects. But by far, my favorite combination is Science + Art as I find… Continue reading Dichotomous Key Worksheets and Activities

Guest Bloggers, Resources, Teacher Life

5 Back to School Activities You Don’t Want to Skip

Guest Post by Christine Weis | For the Love of Teachers There’s no crazy like back to school crazy so I like to start off the year with some fun and easy activities that build classroom community and allows us all to get to know each other quickly. I’ve grown to love these activities and… Continue reading 5 Back to School Activities You Don’t Want to Skip

Lab Day, Resources

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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Advice, Resources

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