Category Archives: For Teachers

Share the Gouda

I don’t do a lot of decorating in my classroom, but this year I put up a cheese board for Share the Gouda. I did this because we have an initiative at my school to get kids thinking positive and sharing good … Continue reading

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Free Downloadable Posters I Found For My Classroom 2016-2017

Some teachers are already rolling with the 2016-2017 school year, but I still have some time before it’s here. I’ve been thinking about my classroom and what I might want to put on the walls. I think what I’ll experiment … Continue reading

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Watching Seeds Grow

Look at the project I saw hanging in the hallway window at school. The tinier school crew, of the preK and Kindergarten sort, made simple greenhouses using sandwich bags, paper towels, a bit of water, and seeds. Because the little … Continue reading

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Mission Migration Online Game

If you are teaching kids about migration and looking for a variety of tools to do so, I recommend adding Audubon’s free online game, Mission Migration,to your toolbox. The game isn’t too complicated and brings to light the dangers birds … Continue reading

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Kids Can Learn About Habitats with Free Online Games

My students are currently learning about habitat. In fact, they are mapping out the school for the citizen science project YardMap. I suspect that some of my students will finish earlier than others during different parts of this classwork, so … Continue reading

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Mini-Research Project for Students: What Type of Bird is It?

While on a schoolyard bird count last fall, my students and I spotted a tiny bird swiftly flying from tree to tree and bouncing from branch to branch. At first, we thought it was a hummingbird. But then we realized that … Continue reading

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Bird Quest: Learning adventure for budding citizen scientists

I was running out of teaching ideas last summer when I found a link in an email message from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for Bird Quest. It was exactly what I needed to finish the long school year with my students. … Continue reading

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Sketch, Doodle, Draw

Something I absolutely delight in as a teacher is finding and appreciating the imaginations of my students through their drawings. Sometimes I receive these delightful treats as gifts, “I drew this for you Miss M.” Other times I grumble at … Continue reading

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QR Code Space Game

This week is STEAM week at one of my schools. I was asked to create an optional QR code activity for students in grades 3-5. With all of the excitement over at NASA this year, I decided to make a … Continue reading

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Running Lanes in School Hallways?

One of my least favorite duties as a teacher is making sure that kids are not running…even when they are outside. I understand. We are trying to keep kids safe. Less kids in the nurse’s office for skinned knees and collisions … Continue reading

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