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Advice, Resources

Class Pets in Science: Pros and Cons

One of the first things I wanted to do as a new science teacher was acquire a class pet. None of my teachers in school ever had one, and I always thought it was the best idea ever. I think in some way, I secretly hoped it would give me a "cool" factor to help… Continue reading Class Pets in Science: Pros and Cons

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Lab Day, Resources

Turning Green: The Recycled Home Project

In Houston, everyone knows there is a funky little section of town with the infamous “Beer Can” house. Upon further investigation, it turns out one man behind resurrecting this idea, Dan Phillips, is a major proponent of using recycled materials and providing affordable home ownership opportunities to the disadvantaged. As a new teacher, I started… Continue reading Turning Green: The Recycled Home Project

Resources

20+ Science Apps for Elementary and Middle School

A collection of great iPad science apps for your elementary and middle school classroom. We live in a technology driven society, and as a result, most educators across the country now utilize digital resources, computers, tablets, phones and apps to enhance their instructional quality. Finding relevant science apps for elementary and middle school science can… Continue reading 20+ Science Apps for Elementary and Middle School

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Lab Day, Resources

Pasta Rocks! A Sedimentary Rock Formation Lab.

I must admit, being a science teacher is one of the coolest jobs in the world. It’s not always easy, but teaching students to question and explore their world is the most fulfilling work I could ever imagine doing. I love getting messy with the kids on lab days and watching how excited they get… Continue reading Pasta Rocks! A Sedimentary Rock Formation Lab.

Advice, Guest Bloggers, Resources

Make It to Break: 5 High Interest Activities

Guest Post by Jessica Noffsinger Ahhhhh...the week before a school break.  Nothing strikes fear (or exhaustion) in teachers like the prospect of kids ramping up to the next break.  (Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring Break, Summer--they are all the same!) Kids expect “fun” and games while teachers see learning that needs to be completed.  What are we… Continue reading Make It to Break: 5 High Interest Activities

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Fun and Free Holiday Science Activities

The last day before Winter break can be pretty tough. The kids (and teachers) are ready to GET OUT.  Plus, if your school has early dismissal like we do, you are probably on an abbreviated schedule that makes the day even crazier. Luckily, fun and free holiday themed activities are plentiful for science, and I… Continue reading Fun and Free Holiday Science Activities

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Lab Day, Resources

What’s in the Lab? Cookie Mining

I remember my first year in science, lab day was always the most stressful part of my week. I felt like I was scrambling for ideas, and I had no idea what to do half the time. Luckily, I am older and wiser. These days I can honestly sit back (well, not too far back)… Continue reading What’s in the Lab? Cookie Mining