Elementary STEM resources

Tips for Adding Rigor to Your Elementary Classroom STEM Lessons

A common issue we find in classrooms is the use of STEM-related activities (such as worksheets, learning to code, makerspace builds, video creation, writing blogs, doing crafts, etc.) that are passed off as rigorous STEM projects. The learning of a technology or a skill as an outcome (like video creation, blogs, etc.) needs to be […]

Tips for Adding Rigor to Your Elementary Classroom STEM Lessons Read More »

A Strategy for Planning Down Time and Accomplishing Your Summer Goals

Before you leave your classroom this summer, use our quick, handy dandy flow chart to get you to the heart of your summer goals with a kick start to the fall. The flow chart is based on a reflection tool called “Plusses and Arrows” that I learned while coaching preservice teachers in grad school. You

A Strategy for Planning Down Time and Accomplishing Your Summer Goals Read More »

3 Elementary School Experiments with Shaving Cream for the End of the Year

In most areas of the United States, the warmer weather has both teachers and kids thinking about summer. For me, I started thinking about science that can be done outside! For instance, instead of doing our Gummy Bear Dare catapults for gummy bears, why not have kids design them for water balloons?!!! Then recently a

3 Elementary School Experiments with Shaving Cream for the End of the Year Read More »

The Engineering Structure – How It Applies to Elementary STEM

Science is based on investigations that gather and analyze data to understand different aspects of the natural world, while engineering is about applying what we know from science (plus math, technology, and other disciplines) toward solutions that solve a problem. We talked about these differences in a previous blog, which you can check out HERE.

The Engineering Structure – How It Applies to Elementary STEM Read More »

Scroll to Top