Fear Not the 5E Instructional Model!

When I first started teaching science to second graders about six years  ago, I discovered that science and children are a natural fit... kinda like peanut butter and jelly. Why? Because kids are full of questions, and science is man's attempt to answer those questions. I'll let you in on a secret. I hated science… Continue reading Fear Not the 5E Instructional Model!

It’s time for a Back to School Giveaway!!

Hey y'all... I'm going to keep this short and sweet. If you are like me, you saw the word giveaway in the title and that's what you are here for (just sayin'). It's almost time for back to school, and that means it's also time for the TpT Back to School Sale....   To celebrate,… Continue reading It’s time for a Back to School Giveaway!!

How to Help Your Students Build Relevant Background Knowledge.

One of the most important things that I have learned as an educator is that I can never assume that my students know something. Just because I have an inherent understanding of something, or think that some little nugget of knowledge is (or should be) painfully obvious, does not mean that my kiddos do. Do you see… Continue reading How to Help Your Students Build Relevant Background Knowledge.

One simple activity that will help your students reflect on their learning.

Several years back, I was moved from fifth grade math to second grade self-contained. I had never taught self-contained classroom and I had never taught science. I had no idea what to do with my kiddos concerning science activities, so we did lots of nature walks, weather observations, etc...   Seeing that they really liked… Continue reading One simple activity that will help your students reflect on their learning.