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Create a Spider Web: A Fun STEM Challenge!

  Observing Spider Webs Before creating a spider web, give students a chance to observe spider webs.  The best thing to do is to take the children outside and ask them to look for webs.  Tell students to observe and not touch the webs.  While observing, ask them to draw

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How to Encourage a Love of Science at Home

Why Encourage Families to Engage in Science at Home Many parents think that science is a “hard” subject.  They may not have had formal science until middle or high school.  It might have been difficult for them.  Consequently, our job as educators is to get families comfortable with science and

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To let teacher know that there are science lesson plans that can help them

Valuable Science Lessons That Will Make Your Life Easier!

Why Use Science Lessons Developed by Science and STEAM Team? Two experienced science teachers wrote these science lessons.   When our school first implemented the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), I (Sarah) was teaching K -4 science.  There weren’t many materials available, and I had to develop lessons on my own. 

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Benefits of Rubrics in a STEM Lab

What is a rubric? As most of you know, a rubric is a teaching tool with many benefits.  Rubrics set out specific criteria that the teacher wants students to achieve.  Rubrics are often used for writing and project-based activities. Benefits of Rubrics in Science and STEM Labs Rubrics are ideal

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encourage teachers to read about procedures and rules

Establishing Classroom Procedures and Rules is Essential!

As any teacher knows, the classrooms that run the most efficiently are those that have clear expectations and procedures.  So, establishing classroom procedures and rules is essential!  Of course, it is better for everyone if these are set at the beginning of the year. Classroom Procedures Classroom procedures are consistent

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Valuable Classroom Setup Tips for Your Elementary Lab

How To Get Started with Classroom Setup When something is new to you, what do you do?  You look to others!  Fortunately, when given the opportunity to go from a classroom to the first science and STEM teacher in our building, I had help nearby!  My husband was a middle

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New Digital Resources for the 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 use

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Do You Want to Host Your First Successful 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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Simple and Fun 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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