Thu, Oct 22, 2015 12:01 AM in Substitute Behavior Management
I could relate to your post because I tend to want the classroom to be on the quieter side but I recognize that students need to make some noise, particularly during a group activity. I think there is such a thing as good noise that comes from students being engaged and excited about an activity. If they are really being rowdy and off task, then obviously that has to be stopped. Regardless of t...
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Wed, Oct 21, 2015 11:41 PM in Astronomy
I just completed an interesting activity in a course on teaching elementary science. Students were paired up and given a planet, a moon, or an asteroid and tasked with making an alien from that astronomical body. I thought it was a great project because it required students to research their planet, moon, or asteroid and find out a few characteristics that make life on that body difficult if not...
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 10:26 PM in Maglev-Cars & Boats
I'm not sure if you have see the journal article related to maglev trains. I hope I attached it properly to this post. It was from the Science & Children journal in March 2008. While the students in the article were younger than your students, I believe you could adapt the methods in the article for your students. The article even provides step by step instructions for groups of students to bu...
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Methods and Strategies: The Future of Farming
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 3:19 PM Hydroponic Gardening Project
I thought this was an interesting article detailing a hydroponic gardening project because it all begins with the common belief among elementary students that you need soil to grow plants. This article describes the project from the building of the hydroponic system to pickling the cucumbers the class produced. The authors included math connections, social studies connections, and language connections which help illustrate the broad appeal of this project. Perhaps the only downside is that this hydroponic garden was set up in the school greenhouse. I imagine it would be difficult for teachers to recreate that environment at most schools. The authors did include a small section on adapting the project to schools that lack greenhouse facilities, although part of the wow factor of this project is the scale of the hydroponic system. It may still work well enough with a smaller system set up in a classroom.
Design in the Watershed
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 2:57 PM Great STEM Project and Environmentally Friendly
This article is an informative guide to an interactive, environmentally friendly, elementary STEM unit. Although I can imagine the project would be beneficial to students beyond 5th grade. The authors explain why pollution from storm water is harmful to local water systems (in this case, the Chesapeake Bay) and explain in detail how students can design, test, and build watershed gardens that will filter water before it enters the storm water drainage system. Materials list and general planning guidelines are included.
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