Since so many teachers are fearful of math, I am going to start out by exploding some of the more common myths that prevent us from thinking mathematically and actually ENJOYING teaching it! Myth 1: Math is about getting the one right answer. No matter what you experienced in math class this is not correct.… Continue reading Math Myths
A is for Arts Since 2007 there has been an refocused awareness on the teaching of the STEM subjects - the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics - using hands-on, real life problems. However, this should not be done by eliminating the arts. They are an integral part of the sciences. Think of the importance of aesthetics and… Continue reading Why The “A” in STEAM?
In this observation lab students are introduced to basic measuring tools: metric ruler, metric tape measure, balance scale and gram weights. The example lesson is drawn from a second grade class who have been presented with fresh beets to observe. However, this lesson can be done at any grade level using any type of engaging object… Continue reading Measurement Lab: Observing Beets
Scientists use their senses to observe and formulate questions. In this lesson a first grade class observes sunflower heads. WOW [Wonderful Object of Wonder]: 5 large sunflower heads and 1 sunflower still on its stem. Objectives: Children will name their senses and then use them to make observations and create questions (Linguistic, physical, cognitive, and creative… Continue reading Sunflowers: A Science & Math Observation Lab
Tools for Young Scientists Here is a list of the basic tools children need to explore their world. Their senses - eyes, ears, fingers, noses, and sometimes their mouths Magnifying glasses A scale A timer A ruler and/or a measuring tape Access to nature and man-made objects Their imaginations Everything else is an extra. So… Continue reading Tools for Young Scientists