### Fun and Simple Experiments for Upper Elementary

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### 7 Options for Creating Solar System Scaled Models

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### 10 Activities That Will Electrify Line Plots

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### Having Fun with a Geometry Map Project

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### Creating a Passion for Reading During Science

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### Halloween Activities for Any Content Area

Are you looking for some great activities for Halloween day that will engage your students, yet still impress your administrator that you are focusing on

### Having a Math and Science Night

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### Activities for Red Ribbon Week

It doesn’t seem that we would have to tackle the concepts of drugs, alcohol, or smoking in the elementary grades. Yet, we do. It’s not

### Activities for Practicing Fact Fluency

Gone are the days of simply telling kiddos to memorize their multiplication facts. In order for students to master their facts and be fluent in

### The Three Phases of Fact Fluency

When I think of learning multiplication and division facts, I instantly think of things like flashcards, timed tests, and around the world activities. I remember

### 5 Activities to Learn Science Vocabulary

Learning science vocabulary can sometimes be boring to a child. And when they already have to learn the concepts too, it can be challenging. With

### 10 Cooperative Learning Strategies

Cooperative learning is so important in the elementary classroom because it helps students become actively engaged in their learning process and improve their understanding of

### Steps to Build Number Sense

When I was younger I remember thinking math was all about memorizing formulas and just plugging in numbers. If I made an error, I obviously

### Engaging Math & Science Pumpkin Activities

Everywhere you go during the fall season, you see and smell pumpkins. Pumpkins can even be brought into the classroom for some engaging math and

### Activities to Help Teach Scientific Process Skills

At the beginning of the school year, teachers will often focus on teaching the scientific method. It takes many skills to design and carry out

### Teaching About Variables in Science

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### 6 Things You Need to Do When Student Testing

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