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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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Birds of Winter Break 2015/2016

I didn’t set out to find birds while visiting with relatives in Nebraska, but during our stop at the Holy Family Shrine in Gretna, I was pulled away by a trail that led to a small pine forest. Beyond the pine forest, … Continue reading

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Notes on Beautifying a Portable Classroom with a Hummingbird Garden

Over the summer, I started doing projects with my students based around the Celebrate Urban Birds citizen science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Since then, we have unofficially developed birding stations around the school. The front parking lot … Continue reading

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Seeds & Plants Matching Game For Kids

A few years ago I signed up to receive over a hundred seed packets from the Teacher Exchange in Southern Nevada. Every year since then I have been finding projects kids can do with the seeds. It seems like no … Continue reading

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Weekend Highlights: Sustainability Tour, The CSA Cookbook, Drip Irrigation

Sustainabilty and Recycling Tour From the heights of the Apex Landfill to the depths of the underground water filters at The Palazzo, Friday and Saturday were all about trash and recycling and repurposing in Nevada. The teacher training I attended was … Continue reading

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Fifth-Grade Students Get a Head Start in Tech

Describing Felicisimo Andrion as a typical fifth grader may actually offend him. This is made evident by the Windsor knotted tie he wears to school every day. He sports a techie D.J. look – button up and untucked collared shirt, … Continue reading

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Memorizing Polyatomic Ions with Nick the Camel

When I walked into chemistry class late, I stepped into a class undergoing a meltdown over the necessity to memorize polyatomic ions. Actually, I’ve been considering dropping the class because of a conversation I had with my advisor. It doesn’t … Continue reading

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Smiles, Chuckles, Etc.

One of my classes has created a password to get into class. If you knock on the door, they will ask you to tell them the password. Then they will whisper, “It’s bacon.” My youngest class has “familiar” faces. Many … Continue reading

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Rocket Racers

With styrofoam trays, scissors, tape, straws, and balloons, students design and build cars fueled by the third law of motion. This is my favorite rocketry lesson to do with students because they start from scratch and it’s crafty. They are … Continue reading

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Rocket Launchers for Independence Day

Fireworks stands are making their annual appearance in my neighborhood.  The Fourth of July is almost here. I started thinking.  What if you live in an area where fireworks are prohibited?  What if you are wary of handling extremely hot … Continue reading

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