Our son was given an interesting assignment in his chemistry class this week. The teacher asked the students in his class to come up with an interesting scientific question. Our son, who took a course on DNA at Duke Tip, has become interested in DNA and genetics, so he chose to explore whether or not using DNA as a means of storing information is a viable option, or if it will become a viable option as costs for such technology come down in the future.
The interesting part of this chemistry assignment was that the teacher tasked the students with creating an infographic, an interesting way of representing information or data in a visual manner. Infographics are engaging and, when done correctly, are much easier and more fun to read and understand than would be a block of text containing the same information.
So our son created his infographic how he chose, placing what he felt was the most pertinent information in an interesting visual manner. While he created it on the computer, he colored it in himself, which I thought was a nice touch. Here is his completed infographic:
I was quite impressed by this assignment, not only because infographics are interesting and very relevant to the way people present important information on the Internet today, but also because by having students create their own infographics, our son’s chemistry teacher was teaching them a new way to organize and display information and data. This is a useful skill, as many jobs require presentation and communication skills, and skills with software tools such as Microsoft PowerPoint, Visio, and Publisher. I think that learning the skill of presenting information in a way other than in standard essay format is very useful.
No matter who you are voting for this election, it’s important to introduce your students to the election process. Why not add a little STEM to the activity? Maybe when they are old enough to vote, they will look back on your teaching and this activity and remember what they learned years back.
Students can create their own election booths or you can create one for the class to use. Will they vote for Hillary Clinton?
Or, will they vote for Donald Trump?
Students can make their own election set and take it home to poll their family.
It’s a fun activity for everyone and it’s a great idea to not only add STEM to an activity, but allow students to understand the election process.
You can find this activity here: November STEM Challenges
You can find the growing bundle with three free activities here: STEM Bundle
Do you like spiral reviews for your students? These Halloween No Prep Math Printables give you a great spiral review with a fun, not so spooky Halloween theme!
I have these Halloween Printables for kindergarten through 6th grade so you can chose the level that is right for your students or homeschooled children. Whether your students are learning their number or dividing fractions, you can find the set that is right for you and your students. And to make your life easier, answer keys are included!
Here are some feedback I’ve received about these Halloween Printables:
“This packet was fun during the week of Halloween. They felt challenged.”
“Loved the theme as well as the great standards practice.”
“Great way to keep my kids thinking on an energy charged holiday.”
If you’d like to see my Halloween printables, click here: Halloween No Prep Printables.
Sometimes it’s great to get a little picture into your students’ mind and see how they are doing on various aspects of a certain subject. My Halloween No Prep Literacy Printables give you that picture while allowing students to enjoy Halloween at the same time. These printables come in black and white and color, so there are options for you. You can use the colored versions for centers. You can use the black and white versions for homework, bell work or for sub folders.
Students can color the black and white graphics if they want to add a little pizazz to their work. Also, answer sheets are included so your students can grade their own work if you are running out of time. This is also handy for subs in case they aren’t use to teaching this particular subject.
These are availabe in kindergarten through 5th grade all aligned with the common core.
For more information on my Halloween No Prep Literacy Printables click here: Halloween No Prep Literacy Printables.
Binary code is a coding system using the two digits 0 and 1 to represent a letter, number, or other character within an electronic device like a computer, ipad, etc. My niece and daughter didn’t have much experience with the binary code before they started my STEM activity. They had so much fun learning about it and making their glow-in-the-dark necklaces.
They had so much fun making these special necklaces that they decided to make some extra ones for their best friends.
You can have your students make these on string, or for ease, you can use pipe cleaners. It’s so much easier for little hands to put the beads on pipe cleaners. Here’s the finished product.
Have a great Halloween and make sure you check out my Binary Glow-in-the-Dark Necklace in my October STEM packet.
I love STEM projects, but I love Halloween STEM projects even more and so does my nephew. He had so much fun making his Halloween Bat Plane. He loved the design and building phase even more than the actual testing and implementation phases.
He took a bit of extra time to get his Halloween bat plane just so. To make sure it would fly the highest height possible. He changed the ring sizes and shapes to see what would be best. It’s great to see children’s brains really work when they are given STEM challenges. They come up with solutions that I would never think of.
Then, he started testing his Halloween bat plane. He did make some adjustments. He moved the rings closer together to achieve more speed in his plane. All and all it was a very successful STEM project
If you’d like to see more of STEM activities, click here: Halloween STEM Challenges
My daughter used to love to write. But, something happened along the way and now she’s not loving writing so much lately. I came up with a quick little page to help her not only write, but express her opinions about Halloween. It’s quick and easy and useful for days when you don’t have much time, but you want to get your students writing.
My Halloween Fun Frames are great for a wide range of students and ability levels. They can write as little or as much as they’d like or as you’d like them to write.
For more information about my Halloween Fun Frames, click here: Halloween Fun Frames
Ever feel stressed during the week? My Halloween Stress-Free Printables are something you can use when you are feeling stressed and for many other reasons – something extra for your early finishers, when you need to have something prepared for your sub, for homework, for morning work or for a fun Halloween center.
Here are a few comments I received about my Stress-Free Halloween Printables that I have available for 1st through 5th grades:
“Fun “filler” activities for keeping us busy during one of the wiggliest holidays!”
“Thank you! This is very useful for my 3rd grade class. It is directly standards based and is great because they think it’s a “fun activity” however they are reviewing or covering standards.”
“Simple – love the no prep. Bought this as extra work for my son.”
“This was fantastic for my fall break packet! Thank you!”
These Stress-Free Printables are called that because there is no prep necessary. Just print and go!
If you’d like to view my Halloween Stress-Free Printables, click here: Halloween Stress-Free Printables
I didn’t want to title this post as Christopher Columbus Day because I know many people have issues with him (including myself). However, there are still states that require teachers to teach about Christopher Columbus. I decided to make a STEM activity for Christopher Columbus that focuses more on STEM and less on the historical past. It focuses on discovering America via a ship and creating a ship that will hold as much cargo as possible.
If you don’t want to do any Christopher Columbus part to this activity that would be possible too. Your students can make the ships without any reference to Christopher Columbus. That is what is great about my STEM units is that they are able to be adapted to different circumstances.
Here’s a picture of my nephew building the boat. I love how he used straw as the base of the boat to keep it floating. It’s nice to see how their minds think.
Here’s a picture of both of my nephew’s boats. The battle began!
My younger nephew won by having his ship carry the most LEGO cargo.
And then, he pushed his luck too far…
To find out more about my October STEM activities click here: October STEM activities
Here’s a post for all of those overachieving teachers who like to have things planned weeks in advanced. Sometimes that is me, but mostly I’m a last minute sort of gal.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Although I know the point behind it is for giving thanks and honoring our past, I still love how it centers around food. I’m not necessarly a foodie, but I like to eat food that reminds me of my childhood and pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce fits the bill. Especially cranberry sauce that is like gelatin from a can and it comes out in that same can form. That to me is Thanksgiving – memories of my childhood.
My Thanksgiving color by numbers printables are just the way to get you ready for Thanksgiving and can be used throughout November. There are not only Pilgrims, but Fall color by number pages like acorns, pumpkins and gourds. These are available from grades kinder to 5th with all math problems appropriate for the specific grade level.
If you’d like more information about my Thanksgiving Color by Number pages, click here: Thanksgiving Color by Number Printables