science Archives | Tales from Outside the Classroom

10 YouTube Channels to Help You Teach Science

I’m always looking for new videos to show my kids, especially when it comes to the content areas where I feel like I don’t have enough resources and don’t always have the best in-depth knowledge myself.  I’ll be honest and say that my content areas get planned last, I don’t have nearly enough time to teach them, and I always feel like they could be so much better if I knew of better ways to

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Teaching Sound and Exploring Abstract Art

This year is a whole new world for me.  I’m teaching science on a daily basis.  I feel like I know nothing about anything science so it’s been a challenge to really feel like I’m doing it well.  It’s been so much fun keeping things engaging.  And, I’ve transferred to a different school in my district and it’s an arts magnet. Arts. As little as I know about science, I know even less about anything

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Apples, Pumpkins, and Spiders, Oh My!

A few weeks ago we went to the local apple orchard and got ourselves some apples and a pumpkin.  We were studying apples as part of social studies (way more than you might just think).  I knew I wanted to spend a bit of time doing the standard math and science that they experienced in the younger grades with them when we swung back around to science.  The way things worked out, we hit it

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Introducing the Scientific Method

Can I tell you a secret?  It’s not something I’m proud to share with you. I’ve never taught science before.  Never.  Not ever. Sure, when I was student teaching I “taught” it.  I don’t remember teaching any part of it in fifth grade.  When I student taught in first, it was inquiry based and so a lot of it I didn’t feel like I was actually teaching.  I found books and lead students in discussions.

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Science Journals and BOGO!

I’ve finally gotten back into the swing of products and blogging- I think.  It’s not been 10 days between posts and I think I know another couple posts I’ll be doing in the next few weeks.  That’s remarkable for how I’ve been the last month or so.  Most teachers get in their funk about this time of year (or March-ish).  I’m usually coming out of my funk by then.  My funk is like the end

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I’ve spent the last 15 years teaching in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades, and working beside elementary classrooms as an instructional coach and resource support. I’m passionate about math, literacy, and finding ways to make teachers’ days easier. I share from my experiences both in and out of the elementary classroom.

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