Learning about the “properties of physical matter” probably doesn’t sound like the most exciting topic to your class. Just seeing those words on the board might make your kids yawn and look for the nearest exit. Don’t worry- you can make this science lesson one of the most memorable and exciting parts of the year! The properties of matter, including… Read More
Raise your hand if you knew that every day in October was a holiday? It totally is! Did you know there was such a thing as Bathtub Day? How about Fire Prevention Day? Mad Hatter Day? It is full of holidays you probably never even knew about. And let me tell you, the students think it’s hilarious. I love celebrating… Read More
by Julie Herrera One of my favorite October STEM projects is making Haunted Houses. I have done this for the last 3 years with our entire school. This Halloween project can also work with a class, small group, or as an independent project. We make 5 creative spooky haunted houses, one for each day of the week. I assign a… Read More
Getting to know my students, is one of my biggest goals the first few weeks back to school! It’s important to build a classroom community where all my fifth-grade students feel safe and a part of our class. This year’s Back to School activities will look different, but getting to know my students will still be on the top of… Read More
STEM Quick Challenges STEM Quick Challenges are great ways to get your students engaged in learning and also a way to introduce a new topic or concept. These challenges can also be thought of as a “hook” for a lesson, getting students mentally ready to learn. It can also build wonder in your students! Why use Quick STEM Challenges?… Read More
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I love integrating STEM into my fifth grade classroom, especially during the Christmas holiday season. If you are like me, I like planning out my STEM Activities for December early! Getting all the supplies ready and gathered up! Students get excited and stay engaged whenever learning is made fun! It also gives my students something to look forward to on… Read More
Are you looking for children’s books that start great classroom discussions about character education? I start every morning with a family meeting. Our family meetings are a huge part of building our classroom community. I love reading picture books to my students! And yes, I teach 5th grade. 5th graders even look forward to our book a day! These books bring… Read More
February STEM February is one of my favorite months! It is full of excitement and fun learning opportunities. Candy hearts and making Love Boats are fun ways to get my students learning important skills while they are thinking critically and problem solving! Teaching students measurement skills can be fun, whenever you throw in some candy hearts. Check out my STEM… Read More
Wow, starting another year! I always reflect on my teaching practices and how my students are learning. Questions I ask myself: Are my students learning? Are they engaged? Are they enjoying learning? Are they loving school? Are they becoming lifelong learners? This year while reading, these words stuck out to me: Learning by doing! I feel that STEM totally encompasses… Read More
20 Things I’ve learned in my 20 years of teaching!! Wow! The saying is so true, “Time flies when you’re having fun!” I’m not saying teaching is easy or there hasn’t been days that I wanted to become a Wal-Mart store greeter, but when your passions meet your love you don’t feel like it’s work!! Whenever you love what you… Read More
Hey if you are considering purchasing my STEM Famous Landmarks Bundle, you may want to check out the supply list before you buy! Remember these are only suggestions! My students usually blow my mind with the creative ideas they come up with. Have fun! Click here STEM Famous Landmarks Supply List Suggestions!