If you are teaching the scientific method in your classroom, then you should also be teaching about variables! A variable is something that can change or vary for an experiment to be a success. There are three types- an independent variable (sometimes called a manipulated variable), a dependent variable (sometimes referred to as the responding variable), and the controlled variable. Each has an important role to play in experiments. Understanding the Three Variables Often times students ... Read More about Teaching About Variables in Science
Classroom management can definitely be a challenge in any regular classroom. When you throw in the excitement of a science lab, it can become even more challenging! Sometimes students don't always look at this time as academic and off-task behavior can occur. When it comes to managing science labs, how can we make sure students are learning? Managing Science Labs in Upper Elementary 1.) First, you want to make sure that you have excellent classroom management that can carry over into your ... Read More about Managing Your Science Labs
One way to get students engaged and thinking creatively at the end of the year is to have them create their own review board games. It's a great way to have them review the content and then when they are done, you can use their games to lesson plan in extra practice time! Win-win! If you have been playing games all year, your students are likely already familiar with the layout of board games. Games can be very beneficial in the classroom, as I talked about in my post Spark a Love for Learning ... Read More about End of the Year Review Game
Number talks are powerful but short activities that increase student learning and achievement in math classrooms. This brief activity is often 10-15 minutes in length and helps support the mathematical sensemaking that common core requires. It always helps promote flexible thinking while developing number sense and mental computation. What I really like about it is it helps our kiddos feel more confident in themselves and trust their own reasoning. It also helps them understand that there is ... Read More about How to Have Number Talks
Are you teaching STEM right? I'm willing to bet you're not. Often when I see things labeled as STEM, it's simply not. It may come close. But it's likely not true STEM. And that's what this post is about. I had created two "STEM" resources myself that I was proud of. But now they need some revisions after what I had learned about true STEM. What Makes TRUE STEM? 1.) True STEM Integrates All Four Subjects First, it integrates all four subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering and ... Read More about Are you doing STEM right? I’m betting NOT!