Fun with frozen: making ice grow
Do your kids love Elsa and "Frozen?" If so, give this science experiment a try! I have been noticing lots of fun ideas being shared by my fellow bloggers that are all related to the Walt Disney movie "Frozen." I must admit that my grandsons and I have enjoyed watching this movie at home on more
Make Hot Ice From Vinegar and Baking Soda
Sodium acetate, also known as 'hot ice' is an amazing chemical you can easily prepare yourself using baking soda and vinegar.
100 Super-Fun STEM Resources for Kids
There are so many amazing STEM resources available for kids that it was hard to narrow it down to just 100... check out the ones that made the list!
What is Going on in the Lab?
A blog about STEM and science topics, easy ways to use STEM in the elementary classroom, help with organizing materials, and tons of helpful hints.
He Huffed and He Puffed...
...can he blow the house down? Last week we focused on the classic The Three Little Pigs for our fairy tale study. We divided into groups of 3 and used a different kind of material to build a house. Then, the big bad wolf (a cleverly disguised hairdryer) came and try to blow the house down! In my head, this activity was fun, and it's nice to know that it lived up to my expectations - the kids were so into it. Each group had 5 minutes to construct a pig dream house. Materials used were sugar…
Marvelous Magnets: An Easy Science Center
Check it out! I created two science centers that last two full weeks for my classroom, and they are all about magnets.
Engineering inquiry and cooperative group work - The Teacher Studio
Engineering activities in elementary school? Yes! Today we tackled day 3 of school, I wanted my students to apply some of the concepts we have been talking about–mostly about helping each other and being receptive to help. I decided to design a little engineering challenge that would require them to stick to a tight schedule, […]
Paper Structures: Engineering Challenge Project ~ Great STEM Activity!
Engineering Challenge: Can you build a paper structure that can hold a text book at least 12 inches above the tabletop for at least 30 seconds? Materials: (for a group) 10 sheets of copy paper (8 1/2 x 11 size) 10 inches of clear tape Test book Ruler or tape measure Scissors This packet contains...
The simple story of photosynthesis and food - Amanda Ooten
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-simple-but-fascinating-story-of-photosynthesis-and-food-amanda-ootenPhotosynthesis is an essential part of th...
This week my kinders are diving into a study of buildings - primarily skyscrapers. Today I explained that skyscrapers have four main parts - the foundation, the beams (skeleton), stories, and facade. I played a few youtube videos of New York's skyline as well. Next, I gave each color family (four students in each group) cardstock and blocks to build skyscrapers. They had to have floors to their buildings. The tallest skyscraper built was 21 floors. The students realized that the stronger…