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Content Literacy In Science

Content Literacy in Science

When it comes to literacy,we often think of Language Arts but reading material is all around us. Last week I began discussing content literacy with a focus in math. There are many ways to infuse literacy in all subject areas to help imbed reading education throughout your daily lessons. One…

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Primary Sources in the Science Classroom for Lower Elementary: Primary Sources Across the Curriculum Pt. 2

Working Hard-2.jpgNot everyone thinks about primary sources when planning science lessons for students in lower elementary.

However, teaching students to rely on facts and evidence as close to the reference point as possible is an incredible way to build critical thinking early on.

The good news is that science primary sources are everywhere:

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National Science Fiction Day

Screen Shot 2016-12-29 at 2.34.11 PM.pngNational Science Fiction Day is celebrated each year on the 2nd day of January by science fiction fans in the United States. National Science Fiction Day, an “unofficial” holiday as it corresponds with the birth date of famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. It has been shown that science fiction is a popular topic amongst children. Subsequently, on science fiction day teachers can encourage students to watch some classic fiction movies, T.V. shows, or begin to read a science fiction novel. Upon further exploration, encourage students to visit the Museum of Science Fiction website located at: http://www.museumofsciencefiction.org/welcome/

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Science Lesson Plan about Birds

Birds_in_Spring.jpgSpring is in the air and with it comes kids (and teachers) who are anxious to get outside. Take advantage of the nice weather and plan some lessons and activities that allow you to get your class out of the building and into nature. The Big Universe title, What Happens in Spring? Birds in Spring is a great resource for focusing some of your students’ day-dreaming, outside focus into learning.

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Rethinking the Science Fair

Science Fair or Festival?
Science_Fair.jpgAn erupting volcano, film canister rockets, and color changing milk. These and so many more experiments you may see each Spring at your science fair. This year, I’m suggesting a change. Why not make your typical science fair into a festival? The following are some changes you can make to explode your fair into learning and fun for your students.

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Science Like a Girl: Exploring Women in the Sciences

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The image above is not an accurate depiction of women in the sciences. When the statistics are examined and looking around the world of science and technology it becomes clear very quickly that there really aren’t a lot of women working as professionals in these fields. In her February 23, 2015 post, “Teaching Science for All: Helping Women Fulfill their Potential”, on the Stanford University Teaching Commons blog Teaching Talk, Mandy McClean points out, “less than one-quarter of bachelors degrees awarded in fields such as computer science, engineering and physics go to women.” And it isn’t due to the number of women enrolled in higher learning. A recent Forbes magazine report notes that males only outnumber females in higher learning nationally by 2 percent and according to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1998, women have outnumbered men in post-baccalaureate programs.

So what can K-12 teachers do to encourage girls to choose higher education and future careers in the sciences, math and technology?

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DonorsChoose, A Gold Mine for Teachers

What is Donorschoose.org? Donors Choose is a non-profit charitable organization that connects public school teachers who need resources for their classrooms. If you are a teacher who spends your own money on classroom supplies, and materials, then this could be an ongoing  valuable resource that you can use over, and…

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The 3 C’s To Creativity: Celebrating Keep Kids Creative Week

The 3 C’s to Creativity: Celebrating Keep Kids Creative Week

Looking for ways to engage children, spark their imagination, and rid them of boredom?  A great way to do this is to celebrate Keep Kids Creative Week, a national initiative seeking to put the spark back into a child’s imagination.  Held on the last week of September of each year, founder Bruce Van Patter–an author and illustrator himself–wanted to give kids the support they need to be just that–kids.  Using the imagination to create new ideas or solve problems is paramount to being prepared for the 21st century, so check out some ways you can integrate creativity in your school day with your students.

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National Scrabble Week

National Scrabble Week

What are the best techniques for children and adults to improve spelling? Reading naturally improves spelling, and is considered the best strategy because the words in a story are absorbed within its context as they are associated with the print on the pages. Perhaps a weekly game of Scrabble, or Scrabble…

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