I seem to find it easier to challenge capable students in math or solving puzzles than students who are passionate about writing.
It seems there are many online resources for math/puzzle solvers and not so many for writers.
Often the contests for writers include a fee or a requirement to purchase a bound book which can be out of a student’s price range.
Jerry Jenkins posted The Ultimate Guide to Writing Contests 2019. There are three dozen contests in his list. Here’s the one I found interesting.
Check out these amazing interactives that have been collected by the Utah Education Network (UEN).
This organization connects all Utah school districts, schools, and higher education institutions to provide quality resources.
I’m grateful they’re willing to share without requiring a sign in so the resources can be used by teachers and parents.
Have students play Go Fish, Memory Games, or online games to practice converting fractions to decimals to percents.
A fun way to review an important math skill.
If you blow a bubble in subfreezing air, the water in the bubble freezes very quickly creating a beautiful crystalline globe.
I found gorgeous videos that I hope will fascinate your students.
Winter brings very cold weather to many of us. I found videos online that demonstrate a variety of people tossing boiling water into sub freezing air. Amazing crystals form in beautiful collections.
Children can be fascinated watching videos and then language and cooperation skills can be strengthened with a followup discussion of what was observed.
Here are a few resources I’d like to share with you.
Use seven simple shapes to encourage an exploration of shapes and the relationship a small shape has to a larger shape.
I’ve collected a bunch of free resources to make this easier for you to add this option to your math resources.
Pour a can of clear or lightly colored soft drink into a transparent container. Drop in a few pieces of raw pasta.
Initially the pasta sinks to the bottom of the container because each piece is denser than the liquid.
Bubbles of gas attach to the pasta and it slowly rises to the surface.
Your students are pretty interested at this point in just what’s going on!
Teaching light? Sound? Heat? Five senses?
Here are a few poems from familiar poets you might consider sharing with your students as you teach science.
I chose familiar poets hoping you could find them in your school or local library if you don’t have the poetry book on your shelf.
This is just the ticket if you need a fun image for your classroom decorations or communications with families.
Marco posts a great variety of images at pixabay.com that are FREE and just waiting for you to choose, download, and place to add fun images to your classroom resources.
Just like many earthquakes, you can model the process of building up pressure and then having it released quickly.
Snap your fingers!
The pressure between your fingers builds up and you continue adding pressure until suddenly the force overcomes the friction between your fingers and you snap!