I have joined the STEM Tuesday team over at the From the Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors blog. I'll be posting every other month (alternating with the delightful Carolyn DeCristofano) on using STEM books in the classroom. My first post is up today, on using Botany Books for Bellringers! Also, don't forget their … Continue reading STEM Tuesday
I have a good friend and excellent educator who wants to help bug-tastic teachers apply for entomology grants--if you use bugs (or would like to give it a go), see below: The Entomological Society of America is offering President's Prizes for Outstanding Achievement in Primary and Secondary Education. If you are a primary or secondary … Continue reading Bug-Out Educators!
I've written about a number of gardening resources recently, and thought I would tie them all up in one post, for easy reference.
I've been on a gardening kick here recently with my posts. I thought I'd share a list of picture books about gardens and gardening. Someone on Goodreads has compiled a remarkable list--169 in all. Many of these I've read, and others look intriguing. I'll add one more that's not on the list, especially for the … Continue reading Gardening by the Books
I know, it's still winter and here I am continuing with the gardening posts, and today I even have the nerve to propose planning for summer. Summer can be the hardest part about school gardens. Finally, all the produce comes piling in...and there aren't any students to harvest it! Growing Gardens has a compiled a … Continue reading Planning for the School Garden–In Summer!
My children's school participates in Project Learning Garden. The school got a variety of gardening materials, curriculum, and training. But the neatest part was the way this project bridges to eating. Participating schools get a cooking cart that has materials and recipes to take into classrooms to prepare foods from the garden. The teachers have … Continue reading Project Learning Garden
I realize I'm writing about gardening in the bleak of winter, but now is the time to plan if you have a school garden. That, and you have take advantage of this opportunity by February 15. Bonnie Plant Farms is giving cabbage plants to THIRD GRADE classes (only) that will allow students to grow a … Continue reading Giant Cabbage Heads
I learned recently about a fascinating twist on school gardening available through the International Space Station. You can request tomato seeds that have spent time on the ISS. Then your students grow them in your school garden and compare them to Earth-bound controls. They even get access to the data from all other participating schools. … Continue reading Out-Of-This-World Gardening