Climate change is a real concern for most young people these days. We have used environmental stewardship lessons as part of our overall science lessons, but there are lots of things that you can do in the classroom to help foster a love of caring for our planet. Little changes can make a big difference over time. Environmental stewardship is more than just taking care of the planet. It is about being a responsible citizen and thinking about how we impact the world. Come learn about how we integrate these lessons directly into the classroom.[Read more…] about Foster Environmental Stewardship in the Classroom
One of our favourite science units to teach is about simple machines or wheels and levers (if you teach in Alberta). We love it because it provides many opportunities for hands-on learning and can be done inside regardless of the weather. Students love to build contraptions and we can use up materials that would generally go in the recycling bin so it’s also a very low-cost science unit. Which of these activities have you tried during your science lessons?[Read more…] about 15 Simple Machines Activities that Will Hook Your Students
Depending on where you live, winter can be a very long season. In northern Canada where we teach, winter can start as early as October and continues up to the end of March. That means we are always on the lookout for winter classroom activities to use in class and during those dreaded indoor recesses when it is just too cold to go outside.[Read more…] about Free Winter Classroom Activities Worth Scooping Up
We love using project based learning as one teaching strategy to engage students. The challenge with this type of learning is keeping students on track. Nothing is worse than getting to a deadline and discovering none of the students are done. So how do we keep our students accountable during project based learning?[Read more…] about How to Keep Students Accountable During Project Based Learning
Teaching students about wetlands can be a real challenge when you don’t have access to a pond or field trips to go to a pond. Each year in Alberta, we struggle with winter sneaking well into spring, shortening the time available to teach the unit outdoors. If we try to teach the unit in the fall, we often end up with snow within a few weeks of starting the unit. So how are students supposed to learn about wetlands when they can’t actually get to a wetland?[Read more…] about How to Learn About Wetlands Without A Pond
You’ve decided to have a makerspace because you understand the value of the learning that can take place. If you aren’t quite sure, maybe you should go back to our post: Why Should You Build Makerspaces Immediately? It talks about the reasons a makerspace can be valuable in your school or classroom.
What should you put in it? Anything you want. Start small. We put out origami paper and a book during the first week just to see what would happen. (Turns out the answer to that question is lots of paper frogs.) But seriously, we made a list of potential makerspace supplies.[Read more…] about What Goes in a Makerspace?