OSTA 2017 It Looks like Science!

Hey there, workshop participants! While thinking this morning about “What did I forget to tell you?”, the tube of Soil Moist makes over 32 ounces of material so add the tube of crystals to a large container of water OR make it in smaller batches using fewer crystals. 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 …

OSTA 2017 It Sounds like Science!

Here’s a great collection of activities, with explanations and elaborations, that I hope will enrich your resources for teaching sound. I presented this information at a workshop at the OSTA state conference.   One example in the Evidence Statement for NGSS 1-PS4-1 suggests using a tuning fork to show vibration. That’s a fun demonstration and you might add to the demo by showing a slow motion video of a vibrating tuning fork that touches water. Another video you might choose was created by the SloMo Guys. I like their videos but suggest you turn off the sound and discuss what’s seen because …

Balance a Bug and Bug Poetry

You’ll find this inexpensive product at my TpT store – students balance a butterfly. It can be a quick science activity, a take home activity, or an event for a family science night. Maybe you need an activity to add to your sub folder? You’ll need some cardstock, scissors, and pennies with tape or large paperclips. My product includes a PowerPoint™ with copyright-free images of balancing objects. If you just need a pattern, you can find it here. Students could easily extend the activity using a bit of imagination and an index card to create a new object that balances easily. Then they share their …

Monster Month!

My FAVORITE month of the year. We’ve gotten to know each other, routines are familiar, and it’s time for a project that we work on during the month of October. I posted a great product at TpT  that I hope you’ll check out along with these other great resources. Your students will be reading, writing, solving math puzzles, and more with a monster theme. Monster and Alien Coloring Pages – add this to your sub folder? Easy Ways to Draw a Monster – get your hesitant artists started Free Halloween Clip Art – so much to choose! Monster Songs for Young Children – fun words to familiar tunes Monster Poetry – …

Quick Science: Videos from Space

Astronaut Don Pettit created a series of videos called Saturday Morning Science that you’ll want to check out! He performs experiments, usually with water, in microgravity on the International Space Station. This resource could work for children of any age.

Here’s a channel with a short version of each video. My kids especially like seeing what happens when you add an effervescent tablet to a large bubble of water, how you can “eat” tea with chopsticks, and the behavior of a bubble of water in a bubble of air inside a bubble of water.

Is your class going to rock and roll this year?

Let me make it easier if you’re planning to teach about the different kinds of rocks. I’ve created a product* that includes a website <= just click on this link and you’ll find activities, vocabulary, idioms, and suggestions for non-fiction books to add to your Earth science unit. * Included in the product: copyright free images, a glossary in English and Spanish, short texts that have been recorded, word walls with two sizes of paper and both English and Spanish terms, math worksheets for practicing basic computation, mazes, rules and game boards for playing mancala, and writing prompts.  

BTS Sale

  We have seven great back to school products on sale for less than half price that will make it easy to set up your classroom for the new year. Choose from space alien kids, fabulous fish, or super heroes. Enjoy!

Christmas in July sale!

Just a heads up if you are interested in saving on new resources. TpT is having a Christmas in July sale that continues for just a few more days. I put my 24 “Resources for Teaching about …” products on sale for just $1 each for the next three days! At TpT I’ve had to use categories to narrow my search for new resources to add to my collection and I’ve found so many fun choices. Enjoy!  

Quick Science: Bernoulli’s Principle #3

Another fun demonstration to add to a science unit, use for a science night, or show students just for fun. No prep time or materials? Use the videos at the end of this post to prompt a conversation about science! Depending on the age of your students this could be demonstrated by a small team of capable students. All you need is two balloons of the same size, about a meter of string, and a drinking straw. The materials are so common students will be able to repeat the activity at home.  🙂     Inflate two balloons to the same size. Tie …