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This simple game has children build patterns using Unifix Cubes according the the color words. The best feature of this activity is that the student cards don't have any color cues on them, only text (lower-case). Then after the child constructs his
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These student handouts will help emerging readers recognize 10 color words and to distinguish it from other color words. Product includes 5 student activity pages, with two colors per page. The colored pairs include green and red, blue and orange,
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Do your students love a good competition? You might want to try this lesson titled “Marshmallow Flight.” I have used this lab with junior and high school students, but have also done a simpler version of this lab with my kindergartner. The file
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This product I am offering is a single download that includes three versions of the same soil permeability and porosity lab; one is a coobook version, another is a higher-level inquiry version, and the last is a science notebook inquiry version.
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Using coins to teach probability is by no means unique, and I've not really done anything that's worthy of mention, just that I've added well organized data tables that includes space for a lot of practice calculating probability percentages. I also
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This free download includes 21 cards of varying images and the remaining cards have food chain vocabulary. These cards can be used at any age. I use them with kindergarten but vocabulary cards make the activity applicable to the higher grades.
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Let the kids play with gumdrops to build a structure with toothpicks, that will hold a book. I include in this file a through teacher's guide to show how this activity can be used with kindergartners all the way up to high school at varying levels
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I have designed a lab that is great for K-3 students, but could be used all the way up to middle level. In the lab students test various samples to determine the color change of cabbage juice indicator. They use crayons to record the colors in a
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This file contains a baseline pH table that can be printed for students as they determine the colors that pH indicators (solution or pH paper) show along the spectrum. (This might be best done as a demonstration as some of the materials are
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have 12 years experience as a public middle and high school English and science teacher. Since then I have been teaching undergraduate preservice teachers and graduate-level education courses. And I now am homeschooling my two boys.

MY TEACHING STYLE

For my STEM lessons, I scaffold lessons into varying degrees of inquiry, to prepare students to do their own independent research project. For homeschooling my own children, we use literature (trade books) and learn using thematic units.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I am the author of the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) Press Book titled, the "STEM Student Research Handbook" which guides high school and undergraduate researchers through an independent research project.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Undergraduate degree in English and Biology Secondary Education. Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction Ph.D. degree in Educational Technology

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am also the author of a blog (http://www.STEMmom.org) that has become a compilation of my experiences as a homeschooling mother of 2 (ages 5 and 18 months) who also still teaches STEM labs twice a week. This means that the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities I share are for the two extremes; early childhood and high school. Therefore, one day I may post the STEM connections related to playing with playdough; the next post may share ways to increase students' curiosity about molecular and cellular biology; and another post may address the struggles of being a believer who enjoys the scientific method. This is my life, and for what its worth, I'm going to share it with you. Let's enjoy the ride.

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