Taking KWL Charts Up a Notch: Encouraging Wonder, Curiosity, and Reflection Throughout Any Unit

an interactive KWL chart you'll actually use

Get all of the printables pictured below delivered to your email! The KWL Chart (Know/Want to know/Learned) is a great tool for helping students activate prior knowledge and review concepts that have been learned. It’s one of the first graphic organizers most pre-service teachers learn about, and teachers use it across all grade levels and … Continue reading Taking KWL Charts Up a Notch: Encouraging Wonder, Curiosity, and Reflection Throughout Any Unit

How to Start Using STEM Portfolios in the Elementary and Middle Grades

getting started with STEM portfolios for elementary students

Student portfolios can help teachers, students, parents, and administrators recognize the value of a STEM program, and they can be a tool for identifying areas of challenge and growth beyond the subjects that are traditionally graded. As your students maintain their own portfolios, they’ll continually reflect on their STEM work and set related goals. You’ll empower them to take ownership of their own learning and help them to foster a growth mindset related to STEM content areas and 21st century skills, including collaboration, communication, inquiry thinking, and problem solving.

Summer STEAM Bucket List: 30 Free & Easy Ideas to Keep Kids Actively Learning

free summer STEM activities bucket list

As a teacher, I love finding ready to use resources to send home with my students to help prevent the dreaded “summer slide.” As a mom, I really appreciate easy ideas to keep kids busy during the summer without over reliance on a screen or my over involvement, but with cheap materials that I probably already have on hand.

Here are 30 relatively cheap and easy ideas that will engage elementary age kids in STEAM activities over the summer.

10 STEM Terms for Elementary Educators (and a FREE Engineering Design Process poster set)

10 STEM vocabulary words for elementary teachers

As I’ve learned more about STEM education, I’ve developed a better understanding of the nuances of many related terms, and I thought it might be helpful to make a list here! I'm also sharing a free engineering design process poster set.

Pi Day Activities in 5th Grade

Get a copy of these ideas and free Pi Day printables delivered to your email! Call me a nerd if you’d like, but I’ll unabashedly claim Pi Day as my absolute favorite holiday as a teacher! Obviously, I love the yearly excuse to eat a few bites of every kind of pie imaginable (so much … Continue reading Pi Day Activities in 5th Grade