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…
Not 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:
National 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/
Over the past few weeks I have addressed topics regarding literacy beyond the language arts classroom. Literacy can be incorporated into all areas of the classroom such as math, science, and social studies. Today we will focus on how to…
Some of the most salient and lasting experiences for students come from stepping outside of the classroom and into another, more immersive learning space. Still, they can be a lot of work for the teacher. Planning, organizing, and then arranging…
When to start second language learning? Although experts have attested that introduction to a second language increases proficiency, studies suggest that the most efficient time to begin to learn a second language is anytime between first grade through middle school.…
On May 26th, Sally Ride, the first American woman and youngest person to date to enter space, would have been 66 years old. In 1983, she boarded the Challenger space shuttle and operated a robotic arm to get a space satellite–another first. Her life symbolizes courage, endurance, and dedication to achieving what seemed to be the impossible. She authored several children’s books, created programs to inspire girls to enter STEM-based careers, and taught as a professor, making a significant impact in the lives she touched. Read on to find out the ways you can honor Sally Ride’s contribution to the advancement of space and women’s history in your classrooms.
These are the elements that our schools need more of these days, say environmental and development experts. Many students already have access to technology. What they may not have are safe places to engage in the outside world with curiosity and wonder. And so much of learning, of life, is built on wonder.
Who doesn’t love a good laugh? National Limerick is the perfect way to celebrate reading and writing in May. National Limerick Day is celebrated on May 12th. Here are some fun ideas to incorporate in your classroom as well as some discussions questions for you and your students.
It could be argued that what a student fundamentally needs to learn today isn’t much different than what Tom Sawyer, Jeanne D’Arc, or Alexander the Great were taught: