Over the last few months, I’ve been involved with a project that I am very excited to finally share—I have been making a video series on topics related to integrating reading, writing, and science for the Georgia Department of Education. I’ve made two sets (with some overlap): one geared toward elementary teachers and administrators, and … Continue reading Integrating Reading, Writing, and Science—Videos!
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National Geographic has a ton of resources for educators. I am working on getting their educator certification, so I will highlight more of them later. But one that caught my eye was the ability to have your class chat with a Nat Geo explorer. Each month, National Geographic picks a theme and highlights the work … Continue reading Chat with a National Geographic Explorer
I usually highlight science opportunities on this blog, but I did a primary sources workshop with this organization a few years ago, and it was fantastic. I wanted to make this opportunity known in case there are elementary school teachers who want to improve their skills and knowledge of teaching with primary sources. See, Think, … Continue reading Teaching Primary Sources (in primary school!)
It’s time to answer the age-old question of who would win between an Olympic sprinter, tortoise, car, you, and a volcano. Science Friday, Explosion Math Science Friday launched an educational division last year, in which they have classroom educators build classroom activities around content from the show. Explosion Math is one of my favorites: definitely … Continue reading Science Friday Boards the School Bus
I've been working with the Hu Biolocomotion Lab at Georgia Tech for the last few months. This video of maggots eating a valentine doughnut, shot by Olga Shishkov, a graduate student in the lab who works with black soldier fly larvae (read: maggots), is too wonderful to pass up for Valentines Day. So wonderful, in … Continue reading Valentine Maggot Fun
I’m so excited for this year's Georgia Science Teacher's Association (GSTA) Conference, kicking off tomorrow in Columbus, Georgia. I will be busy on Friday. Catch me at any of these sessions, or let me know if you'd like to meet up!
Start the new year with some new tools for building a culture of "argumentation" (meaningful discussions of claims and evidence) in your classroom!
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators offered an opportunity for writers to make short videos of our books to be shown at ALA. Therefore, I tried to make my first book trailer (a little late, I know, since the book came out in August!). No one would mistake it for professional work, but … Continue reading Dog Science Book Trailer
This year's national NSTA conference will feature an exciting array of nonfiction science writers, helping you link literacy with your science teaching. And for the next 3 months, the participating writers will be blogging every Tuesday and Thursday over at Darcy Pattison's Mims House blog. So far, we've had Jessica Fries-Gaither, Heather Montgomery, Anna Crowley … Continue reading Linking Literacy: NSTA and Science Writers
I love how Heather Montgomery compares organizing writing to organizing your closet in this week's STEM Tuesday post. And she's so right--once a piece is organized, the writing comes much more easily! https://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2019/01/stem-tuesday-awesome-animal-antics-writing-tips-and-resources/