In the middle: Life as a middle school language arts teacher
I tried something new yesterday and I am glad to say it worked well and I will certainly use this strategy again! I had my students create vocabulary cards. I gave each student a piece of white copy paper and assigned them a vocabulary word. The student folded the paper in half "hot dog style" and on the outside wrote the vocabulary word and drew an illustration that would help them remember the meaning of the word. I explained to the the students that in order for the pictures to help…
Engineering a Bridge
This lesson will involve your students in geometry and measurement as they work as civil engineers to design and build their own bridge.
Electrolysis of Water Experiment | Science project | Education.com
In this free science fair project idea, kids will conduct an easy electrolysis of water experiment to test solutions of salt, baking soda, tap water, and more.
Tower Crane Building with The Boy - Michele Made Me
The Boy found the children’s book Make It Work! Building by Andrew Haslam at our local public library last week. When we got home, he sat drooling over all the projects and loudly pointing out his favourites. After some cajoling and batting of the eyes (his – not mine), he managed to convince...Read More »
How to make a pinball machine from a cardboard box
If you haven't watched the story about Caine's Arcade , do it now! After watching (and crying of course) I read a post about a boy...
Science Fair - Articulated Hand < $20
Science Fair - Articulated Hand < $20: My niece Sydney needed help for a 7th grade Science Fair project. I helped another friend's daughter (Kaitlin) build an articulated hand for a project in the past and suggested we resurrect the project. The build is fun for the kids and I wanted to…
Team Building: Tower of Power
Being able to work in a group is a skill that will be beneficial throughout someone's life. Through collaborative activities, AVID students are able to learn how to more effectively work with students from a variety of groups. The challenge this week was called Tower of Power. Students were sorted into groups different from their regular table groups. Each group was given the same set of materials: stunt doubles were used for this pic paper bag 3 index cards 2 pieces of paper 2 large paper…
Make Your Own Lip Gloss - Lines Across
Living in Florida, I’ve ended up melting my favorite chap stick (Burt’s Bees) in the car too many times to count. Usually I try to set it upright to cool, and hope it resettles the right way, but somehow it’s never the same. So when I saw this DIY lip gloss tutorial, I thought it would be a great use for my melted chap stick. What you need: 1. A