Last summer, the Georgia Department of Education put together a team to write a series of literacy learning cycles in the style of my Once Upon a Science Book series. These fantastic resources include a science activity, a science article with a related reading skill, a specific writing skill, and a writing assignment. They truly … Continue reading Free, Print-Ready Science/Reading/Writing Lesson Plans from the Georgia DOE
Stuck-At-Home Engineering Challenges
Stuck-at-home? Try these engineering challenges! #RecycledScience #FreeActivities
Free Resources for Kids Stuck at Home
Some science to try with your dog or cat while you are stuck at home!
Portable Staff Development
About a year and a half ago, I created a series of short videos on integrating reading, writing and science for the Georgia Department of Education. Apparently, the GA DOE has an amazing and long vetting process before they can share media, but those videos are now up and running. I'm really glad to have … Continue reading Portable Staff Development
Free Author Talks!
It's not too late to invite an author to Skype with your class for World Read Aloud Day on February 1! Kate Messner graciously hosts on her blog a listing of traditionally-published authors who are available to chat with your class for free. Slots are filling fast—my day is already full. So get over to … Continue reading Free Author Talks!
National Geographic Certification (for cool opportunities)
National geographic recently instituted an educator certification program. Completion gives you access to lots of Nat Geo opportunities.
Vacuum Society Workshop (doesn’t) Suck
You've seen the cool experiments you can do with a vacuum system on Youtube. Here's your chance to get your own unit. The American Vacuum Society is holding a two-day, all-expense-paid workshop in Long Beach California (October 22-23), and at the end, you'll take home your own vacuum system. This is for high school teachers … Continue reading Vacuum Society Workshop (doesn’t) Suck
Real Research–with a paycheck–this Summer (2018)
One interesting sort of summer adventure involves spending the summer in a university of government research lab. These positions usually are paid (seems to be about $700/week on average), but don’t include travel, room, or board. The list below will get you started, but try searching your local university website for options near you. Fermilab: … Continue reading Real Research–with a paycheck–this Summer (2018)
Awesome Georgia Aquarium Opportunity
If you’re in driving distance from the Georgia aquarium, you can spend February 24 doing hands-on activities with educators from NOAA. Not only is it free, but you get admission to the aquarium AND a $75 stipend. You’ll want to apply for this one now, as I’m sure it will fill up quickly (grades 6-12 … Continue reading Awesome Georgia Aquarium Opportunity
New Year, New Adventures
Fresh year, fresh semester, and a time of thinking about what comes next: the perfect time to consider a summer adventure. I consider the free summer programs available to science teachers to be one of the greatest perks of our profession—you can often find a program that lets you do something science-y that few other … Continue reading New Year, New Adventures