Quick Science: What’s the Point?

Got two sharp pencils? That’s all this quick science activity requires.

A great option when you want to introduce perspective and how we see objects, have just a few minutes of class time, or would like to add an activity to your sub folder.

I’ve included resources for these additional options. Use clever images to show forced perspective. Start a discussion about perspective and seeing from another person’s viewpoint. Talk about adapting to vision loss in one eye.

Snowflakes with Coffee Filters

An easy way for you and your students to create a simple snowflake that’s scientifically correct, it has six points!

Coffee filters are round so there’s no need to cut off extra paper. The paper is thin so it’s easier to cut several layers. Use clear tape in a few of the cutouts to attach the snowflake to the window where the translucent paper makes a lovely scene.

Poetry About Weather

Poetry can connect science and language arts. Consider these when you are planning your weather unit.

Do you need free clip art for decorating your classroom or messages you’re planning to send home?

I found black and white clip art at Pixabay that might be just what you need! If you can print in color, they also have winter vector graphics – lots of snowpeople and penguins!

Winter Coloring Pages, Mazes, and More

Here’s a wonderful collection of winter themed coloring pages, crafts, and puzzles to give to your students in class, share with families, or include in your sub folder.

Scrambles, puzzles, and mazes have several levels of difficulty so you can pick the ones that best fit your students.

Use these resources to challenge interested students to create more puzzles for classmates.

Quick Science: Where’s Your Blind Spot?

Are you teaching light or optics in your physics class or point of view and showing respect towards others during a class discussion? This activity may be just what you need!

What does it mean to have a blind spot?

Why is it important to be aware of your own blind spots?

This activity easily extends from primary grades to high school…

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages, Mazes, and More

Enjoy free resources you can add to your Thanksgiving collection!

Share with a colleague, leave one or two in your sub folder, maybe have a few available for those extra minutes at the end of an activity or for the student who finishes early. This can be a busy time of year both professionally and personally and having optional activities (from many different levels) can take a lot of stress off teaching around the holiday…

Halloween Coloring Pages, Mazes, and More

Check out the coloring pages, puzzles, and mazes you can use to enrich your Monster Month resources!

You might leave one or two, just in case, in your sub folder. You could share a few with a colleague.

Lots of fabulous options if your students finish an activity early, enjoy coloring, want ideas for drawing, or enjoy decorating your classroom or their homes with Halloween pictures and puzzles…

It Looks like Science!

Activities, with a few suggestions, to add to your resources for teaching light. I presented this information at a workshop at the OSTA state conference. The Evidence Statement for NGSS 1-PS4-2 suggests observations in a dark room, a pinhole box, or a video of a cave explorer. Objects in darkness can be seen only when illuminated. I don’t have those resources available so I cut a small hole in one end of a box and asked a child to look through the hole and tell me what is seen in the box. He can’t see anything because there’s so little light in the …