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Digital Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

  What are digital resources? Digital resources are electronic reference materials.  Slides, videos, websites, apps, blogs, etc are digital resources.  These teaching tools are stored on a computer.   Right now, during the COVID-19 Pandemic, most teachers and students use distance learning systems.  The teachers and students are physically separated.  They

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The Effects of Sugar on the Human Body

    Who Doesn’t Love Sugar? We’re all born liking the taste.  Our earliest ancestors ate sweet fruits as a significant part of their diet.  Honey has always been a treasured find and was one of our earliest sweets.  Native Americans were making maple syrup thousands of years ago in

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Literacy and Science

Many Teachers are Reluctant to Teach Science Many classroom teachers hesitate to teach science or don’t teach it at all.  This is due to two things.  First, elementary teachers are encouraged to place a lot of emphasis on reading, writing, and math.  Second, very few elementary teachers have college training

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Do You Want to Host a Family STEM Night?

Our Family STEM Night Experience Hosting a Family STEM Night is a worthwhile adventure!  It’s a great way to introduce families to the concepts of STEM.  In our experiences families were asking for more challenges! Having a short term committee is a good way to get started.  Each person found

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What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code™ is Coming! The Hour of Code takes place during Computer Science Education Week every year!  Computer Science Education Week is around December 9th.  December 9th is Grace Hopper’s birthday, and it’s a way of honoring her.  She was born in 1906.  She programmed computers for the

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A WebQuest is an Engaging Educational Tool

So, What is a WebQuest? A WebQuest is a great educational tool.  When students are doing a WebQuest they search the web for information.  The teacher usually gives students links to websites and/or videos.  The links are checked out in advance to make sure they are reliable. What makes a

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Building with Bricks – Simple STEM Activities

Who doesn’t love building with bricks!? People of all ages like building with bricks!  Parents buy large blocks for their toddlers to help them develop motor skills.  Older children are often given smaller bricks because they enjoy building things.  There are even Lego brick sets for adults! Building with bricks

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Seed Dispersal Activities

  Fall is just around the corner.  Yesterday I was out on one of our favorite golf courses in upstate New York with my husband.  I was easily distracted by the beauty around us.   The trees were just starting to turn colors, and the thistles and cattails were bursting open. 

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Encouraging a Sense of Wonder

How do we best encourage a student’s sense of wonder and curiosity? In the last blog, I wrote about how it is our job as teachers to help students develop their sense of wonder and curiosity.  Simply put, science is the study of the natural world around us.  Clearly, science

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Teaching the Next Generation Science Standards

Teaching the Next Generation Science Standards Can Be Overwhelming For some teachers teaching the Next Generation Science Standards, or NGSS, is daunting.  To me, it was a huge challenge.  I volunteered to teach kindergarten through fourth-grade science.  I also taught enrichment through STEM.  Starting a new program was super exciting! 

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You Are What You Eat!

You are what you eat. This post is written with runners in mind, but applies to everyone!  You are what you eat.  Stop and think about that.  It’s a great phrase, reminding us that our bodies are made of food we’ve eaten.  If your diet consists of a variety of

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World Ocean Day

Are you an ocean person? World Ocean Day is a good day to reflect on this.  I am an ocean person.  My grandparents lived near the ocean when I was growing up.  I loved to play in the water, search the tide pools for living creatures, collect shells and sea

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