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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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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

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Teaching Science with Art: Animal Adaptations for Kids

Teaching science with art has so many benefits. Without fail, several students come into my classroom each year with a self defeating attitude about science. They mistakenly believe they can't learn science, or they aren't GOOD at science. Maybe in the past their science education has been confined to the pages of textbooks or worksheets.… Continue reading Teaching Science with Art: Animal Adaptations for Kids

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Classifying Organisms: Teaching Taxonomic Classification

By the time my students reach sixth grade, they have been practicing classifying objects by physical properties for YEARS. Shape, color, smell, texture, mass, density, magnetism, luster...We actively sort things into categories based on similar characteristics as a means of identification. However, without FAIL, when we begin learning about the classification of life, my students… Continue reading Classifying Organisms: Teaching Taxonomic Classification

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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