I am a retired elementary science teacher now working for NSTA as an online advisor. I also teach university science courses online and face to face. And I do lots of volunteer work in schools.
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Discrepant Events for Young Students
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Sun, Apr 15, 2018 6:26 PM in The new teacher in a group a veteran teachers
Most elementary teachers at the same grade level teach differently from each other so doing your own thing should not be a problem.
Using the same lessons is perfectly alright. You would go crazy trying to find new ones every year. You will find new ones to add each year so add and change gradually.
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Sun, Apr 15, 2018 6:22 PM in What to do when students get frustrated with STEM activity?
If you have not already done some building of structures they may have found this one too difficult. Also, be sure to use the small marshmallows with toothpicks. The large marshmallows are too big to use with toothpicks. I don't know what size you used, so just a suggestion.
Start with something simpler for building such as paper cups. Have them build the tallest tower they can. Once the...
Sun, Apr 15, 2018 6:16 PM in Teaching Plant Characteristics
This idea may be more of a ending activity but it is cheap and easy.
Go to a local florist and ask them to save you flowers that they are going to throw out because they are too old to sell. This gives you a nice variety of plants for the students to explore the parts of. They can take them apart and sort the various parts of the plants.
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Teaching Through Trade Books: What We Do With Ideas
Sun, Oct 02, 2016 9:47 PM Thinking Out of the Box
This article describes how students can take common objects and create some other use for it. The author uses a strategy called 'SCAMPER". Read this excellent article to help your students be creative.
The Early Years: Classroom Memories
Sun, Oct 02, 2016 9:43 PM Documenting
This article describes how to use documentation panel to report on what they have done in a science activity. It is a good idea but seems a little above the ability of Early Years learners.
Inspired by Real Science: Biomedical Engineering for Breast Cancer Research in the Classroom
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 1:01 PM 2D & 3D Modeling
After participating in this unit students understand why engineers prefer 3D Modeling over 2D Modeling. They also learn about tissue engineering which is usually taught in freshman courses at a university. In my opinion, I believe this subject of breast cancer would better be taught in high school rather than middle school. Science Scope is for middle school.
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