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!

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.

Developing Higher Order Thinking Skills with Sorting Activities

Have you ever felt that getting your students to think outside of the box is like pulling teeth? Some kids either just don't know how or they are afraid of being "wrong". Today, I'm going to share with you a strategy that I just sort of stumbled upon that has become my absolute favorite to… Continue reading Developing Higher Order Thinking Skills with Sorting Activities