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Two Thanksgiving Science Activities for Learning about Matter

These two Thanksgiving science activities are great stand-alone experiments.  But, I pair them with the children’s book Cranberry Thanksgiving, written by Harry and Wendy Devlin.  These are perfect for the week of Thanksgiving break. Making Butter in a Jar This Thanksgiving science activity gives you lots of bang for the

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Muir Woods: Learn About the Impressive Coastal Redwoods and More!

Muir Woods: A Little History First! President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Muir Woods a National Monument in January of 1908.  John Muir (1838-1914) was a mountaineer and naturalist.  He spent much of his life wandering in the wilderness.  Muir was a strong advocate for the natural world and encouraged others to

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Awesome Science Activities for the First Day of School

Getting to Know Students Scientifically Every year teachers do “getting to know you” activities on the first day of school.  Why not change it up this year with some science fun?  Students will love these science activities and be totally engaged!      Materials Needed a recording sheet mirrors magnifying

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Use Anchor Charts in the STEM Lab to Increase Student Learning

What Are Anchor Charts? Anchor charts are educational posters.  These charts are visuals that help support or “anchor” student learning.  Generally, they are made with the students.  Sometimes teachers use anchor charts before and while teaching a concept.  One of the most common anchor charts is the KWL (what do

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7 Reasons Our Science Units are Perfect for Primary Grades

Our Science Units are Aligned to NGSS As each science unit was developed, we studied each Next Generation Science Standard.  In addition, we looked closely at all of the NGSS evidence statements that go with each standard.  The evidence statements give added detail about what students should know and be

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Famous Women Scientists: Four Picture Books to Read Aloud

    The Amazing Scientists Book Series The Amazing Scientists book series, written by Julia Finley Mosca and illustrated by Daniel Rieley, features four famous women scientists.  I first became aware of these delightful picture books on one of the National Science Teachers Association’s lists of top STEM books of

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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary: A Great to Place to Spend a Day!

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, located in Naples, Florida, is one of 41 National Audubon Societies.  Audubon societies “protect birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation.”  Corkscrew Sanctuary covers about 13,000 acres and has a 2.25-mile boardwalk. 

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