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Teaching the Rock Cycle with Food text with ice cream and magic shell picture

3 Awesome Rock Cycle Activities with Food

The rock cycle is such a fun unit! Academic vocabulary is such a priority in this unit as students work to understand types of rocks and how they correlate with each other. One way I really help reinforce the vocabulary with our lessons is by using food to demonstrate the stages of the rock cycle. I love using food in the classroom because it’s a great way to get students engaged, and it gives them

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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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