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Mar 30, 2017

Earth Science - Easy Prep Teaching Ideas!

Hi teacher friends,
Are your elementary students studying Earth Science this year? I've always dreaded trying to hunt down lab supplies and equipment for science activities, but during the last few years I've been able to come up with little-to-no prep activities to teach Earth Science! These hands-on activities allow students to experiment and learn the material much quicker than reading from a textbook! With the right tools and resources, science is engaging and amazing!

BIOME GO Activity
This physical activity is HIGHLY engaging for students. Students find one animal per round. They fill out their “Biomedex”, recording data and answering questions about the animal they have just discovered. When they are done, they will go and hide the biome animal for the next classmate to find. Just tape or glue the animal circles to a popsicle stick so they don't blow away. Biomes include Forest, Desert, Tundra, Tropical Rainforest, and Aquatic (Saltwater). Students give their animals POWER MOVES based on their unique adaptations! In-depth Directions are included. Facts about each animal are also included. Students can identify special adaptations for each animal to help them play the game.

biome activity earth science activity
biomes teaching resource

Find this fun resource here!
Biome Go teaching resource

Identifying Rocks, Minerals, and Gems
This is always a favorite in class! Using the Mohs Scale, students can also determine the hardness of the mineral. They can make predictions by studying their rock (its color, shape/surface, size) and then testing it using the scale.

Rocks Minerals Gems Teaching Resource

Rocks and Minerals Resource
click here to find Rocks, Minerals, and Gems INB

Easy Ocean Zones

You will need plastic water bottles, blue food coloring, & vegetable oil for this science activity. First, fill the bottle half way with water. Add about 10 to 15 drops of food coloring. Use a funnel or squeeze bottle to fill the rest of the bottles with veggie oil. Have students shake it up as hard as they can! (Make sure the lids are on tight!) When the water and oil finally settle, it creates three distinct layers. These layers resemble the three zones: sunlit, twilight, and midnight. (or euphotic, disphotic, and aphotic zones) Students can label their bottles and take the ocean home with them!

Earth Science Interactive PowerPoints

These teaching resources are quite the virtual experience! The Earth Science PowerPoints can be used as powerful classroom presentations or students can click their way through them on individual computers!!

Here is a fast-paced screen capture of an interactive powerpoint in action!
Find more Earth Science Interactive PowerPoints here! 

Earth Science Interactive Notebooks
The units covered within the Earth Science Bundle are: Rock Cycle, Minerals, Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, Weather, Ecosystems, Earth's Cycles, Photosynthesis, Biomes, Energy
6th grade students love these interactive journals for Earth Science curriculum. This resource contains over 30 pages of interactie learning material!

Do you have any fun Earth Science activities you enjoy doing with your students? Post Below!

Mar 3, 2017

Techy Teacher Giveaway!

Techy Teachers,
Are you a teacher that LOVES implementing technology into your classroom? Are you addicted to searching Pinterest for the latest STEM activities for your next lesson?  Or, maybe you are somewhat overwhelmed and unfamilar with the latest classroom gadgets. 
In order to keep students engaged, it’s crucial to speak their language—technology

There's no getting around it, students in today's society are completetly immersed in technology. There are countless ways to bring technology into the classroom!
   So whether you consider yourself a tech wizard or you're just slowly starting to implement technology into the classroom, this current giveaway is just for you! 
 These tools provided in the giveaway will not only give your current lesson plans a big boost, they will keep your students engaged and motivated! These tools are some of my favorites to use in the classroom. 

Included in this giveaway: 
-An INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARD system from - $170 Value! 
-STEM T-shirt
-Google Cardboard Glasses for Virtual Reality
-Bluetooth Kidz Gear Headphones
-Fun and motivating Emoji stickers pack! 

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