Social Studies & Science Tools

Introduce Early Readers to a Variety of Cultures and Traditions

What types of text do you include in your classroom library? If you’ve used ebooks or digital texts with students, you know that often the selection is limited. Finding high-interest books that introduce students to a variety of cultures and traditions is essential. As you work with digital readers this school year, a great web-based […]

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How to Create Collaborative Group Activities with CirclyApp

What does collaboration look like in your classroom? In my book Tasks Before Apps, I have an entire chapter dedicated to the idea of collaboration. Collaboration is more than just “working together” but includes setting a purpose and having students work towards a common goal. So you can imagine that I’m always on the lookout for […]

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How to Integrate Project-Based STEM Challenges into Your Teaching

What type of project-based STEM experiences do your students have access to this school year? STEM is more than just a buzzword. And if you are committed to infusing STEM and project-based learning into your classroom, I have an excellent resource for you! The annual 3M Young Scientist Challenge in partnership with Discovery Education for […]

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DIY Starter Kits to Create Smart Projects with Kids

This post is in partnership with Teknikio. All opinions are my own.  This year you can create smart projects with kids thanks to Tekniverse, a new platform supporting remote learning. If you’ve considered trying out hands-on projects with students while learning at a distance, this new platform from Teknikio has you covered.  Tekniverse is a […]

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Inspire Students to Solve Sustainability Problems

This post is in partnership with Discovery Education. All opinions are my own.   Do you incorporate sustainability into your work with students? If you’ve attended an event with me before, you might have heard me share the story of the worms. As a classroom teacher, I had both an iPad cart and a compost bin […]

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5 Ways to Prioritize SEL in the STEM Classroom

This SEL in the STEM classroom event is sponsored by Unruly Studios. All opinions are my own. How can you prioritize social-emotional learning in the STEM classroom? Later this month, I’ll share five ways to make SEL a priority in your STEM classroom this school year. Join us for this free webinar! You’ll also get […]

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Free Elementary Election Activities from PebbleGo Vote

This post is in partnership with PebbleGo. All opinions are my own. Tackling a big topic like the presidential election might feel a bit daunting in any classroom. Are you talking about the presidential election with your elementary students? If you’re considering a conversation around the presidential election, check out these completely free elementary election […]

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Free Lessons on How Marijuana Affects the Developing Brain

This post is sponsored by Ask, Listen, Learn. All opinions are my own.  Do you want to help students understand how cannabis  affects their developing brains? There is a free resource for teachers, students and families, you’re going to love! Responsibility.org’s Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix is a science-based underage drinking prevention […]

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Simple Civics Lesson for Students with a Fantasy Sports Spin

This post is in partnership with Fantasy Congress. All opinions are my own. Civics education is essential, and it doesn’t have to include a list of facts for students to memorize. Do you think that fantasy sports can help teach students about politics? I was a little skeptical at first, but I’m so glad that […]

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5 Tips for Mixing STEM and Play During Distance Learning

This STEM and play event and post are sponsored by Unruly Studios. All opinions are my own. What does it look like to mix STEM and play during distance learning? This month I’ll tackle this question in a new, free STEM webinar. When you join us for this special event, you’ll hear five tips for […]

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