September 29, 2016

Halloween STEM Challenge: Treat Toss

Halloween STEM Challenge: Treat Toss is an engaging, collaborative, hands-on activity in which students design a device to toss candy to trick-or-treaters at a distance.


I'm so, so sorry ... I just checked the calendar. I have to inform you that Halloween falls on a Monday this year.  Let's stop here, so we can observe a moment of silence.

OK, let's be realistic: to achieve actual learning on Halloween and the day after Halloween, you're going to have to shake things up. This calls for a hands-on, ultra-engaging activity! Wouldn't you know it, I've got just the thing: Treat Toss! 


Premise:


Mr. Jones is sick. He wants to give candy to trick-or-treaters, but doesn't want to get them sick. He needs a device to allow him to toss the treats to the kids. In partners or groups, students design and build a device to help Mr. Jones toss candy to trick-or-treaters.


Halloween Ban?


If you aren't technically allowed to conduct Halloween activities in your classroom, not to worry! Connect this challenge with levers and other simple machines. There's no proprietary link between Halloween and candy. You can always find ways around a Halloween ban!


Where Can I Find Out More?

Want to know more about materials and how to modify the challenge for your kids? See the video below for a walk-through of all that and more. However, if you prefer to read, you'll find the video transcribed at the end of this post.






Are There Others Like This?


Have we met?! Of course there are others! This is one of five Halloween challenges. Starting Sept. 8, I'll be posting one Halloween STEM challenge video every Thursday to my YouTube channel.

Until then, you'll find the Halloween bundle briefly described in this post

All challenges are available individually and in discounted bundles in my TpT store, as well.





Video Transcription

Hi. Can you believe it's already week four of the Halloween STEM challenges? Today we're going to be talking about Treat Toss. The initial premise was this was built around a fictional character named Mr. Jones. He gets sick at Halloween but he wants to make sure that he's able to give the Halloween treats to the trick-or-treaters without getting them sick, so he builds a treat toss.

One of the great things about this is, even if you're not allowed to do Halloween activities, this is just tossing candy and that's good for any time of the year. Let's take a quick look at materials and the STEM challenge cycle.

This is the STEM challenge cycle you should follow for every challenge. I've defined each step in another video. You can click on the title now to see the cycle explained.

One of the most important things for set up here is to make sure your students are aware of your safety expectations. You are gonna be launching candy, so you want to make sure that you're doing that as safely as you can. One thing you can do is make sure students know when it is okay to test and when it is not okay to test. Which direction they're allowed to test forward and that sort of thing. Students can take their inspiration from slingshots, catapults, trebuchets. If you have younger students, then they probably aren't quite ready for this level of design. That's perfectly okay. Most second graders will be okay with a slingshot or just a very simple lever.

I've actually done this with first graders before, but in order to modify it, I just sort of showed them the basic layout, that if you put two Popsicle sticks together and you put a marker or something in between them to act as a fulcrum, then you'll be able to build a launcher. Now, usually we don't want to be that directive with students, but even the second graders might need a little bit of help there. You don't need to worry because even just showing them that basic setup, where they place the fulcrum, what they use as the fulcrum, what they end up building as a little candy basket will vary the designs quite a bit.

In addition to setting your safety expectations, ahead of time you're going to need to make basically two choices. What kind of candy are you going to be testing and are you going to be testing for just distance or accuracy or both? As far as the candy goes, I like to have a variety, but you can choose to just have one type. Candy corns and candy pumpkins are great. I've also used Hershey's kisses, mini Twix bars, that kind of thing. Having a variety of candy gives you a couple of different options. One is to allow students to test the different candies, determine which one works best with their design and then use just that one type of candy for their final results and measurements.

The second option it gives you is a way to make it a little bit more challenging to increase the difficulty. You can require that students test each and every one of the candies and that their design has to work with each and every one of the candies.

Shall we give them a try? I think that one hit the ceiling. According to the criteria and constraints, this design is actually not complete yet because we want a design that doesn't require Mr. Jones to touch the candy because he would then transmit his germs to the trick-or-treaters. But if we built a little candy basket or something there, then we could test it like so. Actually, I can move my finger away and it might work. Oh, not bad.

So this one is a slingshot design. You might decide that you want to disallow slingshots if you're very worried about students aiming at each other, but again if you set up your safety expectations, it shouldn't be an issue. I'm so tempted to aim this toward the camera to try to get an incredible shot, but I just barely have enough good judgment not to do that. So I'm gonna go ahead and aim it this way. Oh. That was a pretty good shot. This one is obviously a natural fit for following up with studying levers and other simple machines. If you want to find out more, this is available as a resource in my Teachers Pay Teachers store and it includes extra modifications, student handouts, cross curricular connections and more, so check it out.

There never seems to be enough time to do all the things you'd like to do. I've got you covered with this challenge resource. It contains everything you need including modifications for use with second through eighth graders. You'll still need to gather the simple materials of course, but the hard parts are already done.

You'll get Aligned Next Generation Science Standards for grades two through eight, links to my STEM challenge professional development videos to help you get the most from each challenge and the Treat Toss Materials list. In Teacher Tips, you'll find premise and set up, how to increase or decrease difficulty through the Criteria and Constraints list, measuring results and cross-curricular extension suggestions which will be especially helpful if you need to prove this is not just a Halloween activity.

You'll find an editable Criteria and Constraints list so you can tailor the challenge to your students and treat toss targets if you choose to test for accuracy. For Student Handouts, there are two versions. Four-page expanded room for response for younger students and a two-page condensed space paper saver version. You'll also find data gathering handouts and a set of group discussion questions. Also included is a non-Halloween version of the handouts that you can use anytime of the year.

In the Extension Handouts, you'll find math extension and process flow templates. This resource is available individually and as part of the discounted Halloween and Mega STEM Challenge bundles which can be found in the description below the video.

Hope you enjoyed learning about treat toss. It really is good for any time of the year. Make sure you like and subscribe. Next week, we have our conclusion of the Halloween STEM Challenges. It's week five of five, ghosts in the graveyard. See ya next time!


September 26, 2016

The Twilight Zone: "To Serve Man" ELA Activities

7 cooperative activities to practice ELA skills: comprehension, making inferences, using evidence to support answers, identifying elements of plot (characters, setting, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution), theme, point of view, conflict, writing summaries, narrative writing, expository writing, and using persuasive writing in social media marketing.


You know that feeling you get in October, like the grind has begun? All that back-to-school adrenaline that got you through September has waned, and what remains is a looooong month ahead with zero days off.

Guess what? The kids feel it too. They're now firmly rooted in classroom routines, and they know what to expect from the year to come. While that can be comforting, there is a fine line between comfort and ennui!  

I was having such a month some years back when a colleague (shout out to Mr. Reagan!) told me he was going to introduce his 7th graders to The Twilight Zone. He felt "To Serve Man" (season 3, episode 24) was an excellent basis for working on a number of literacy skills, including creating plot diagrams and writing summaries. He was absolutely right; he's a smart guy! 

Engage students in cooperative activities to practice ELA skills: comprehension, making inferences, using evidence to support answers, identifying elements of plot (characters, setting, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution), theme, point of view, conflict, writing summaries, narrative writing, expository writing, and using persuasive writing in social media marketing.  

You can find this episode on Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube. I've even embedded it below:



Thus began a new tradition for me, too! I'd wait for a gloomy October day, and when it arrived, I'd cancel what I had planned that day for ELA, and replace it with watching "To Serve Man" and follow up with a few activities.  It was always such fun to announce to the students, "Well, I had planned to xyz today, but this gloomy, spooky weather has put me more in the mood to watch an episode of The Twilight Zone. Has anyone ever seen this TV series? Let's vote - regular lesson plan or watch The Twilight Zone?" 

Of course, afterwards, we'd follow up with some lessons and activities. This evolved over time into seven activities, so you can pick and choose, or spend a whole week on it. I just always knew heading into October what my plans were for the month, but that the weeks would shift, so I could start the lessons when the weather matched the mood! 

You could also ignore the weather and plan these lessons the week leading up to Halloween. It can be difficult as an upper-elementary or middle school teacher to do something fun for the holiday without losing ground on all the standards that must be taught. This fits the bill nicely, and it's a student favorite year-after-year in part because of the surprise/timing and in part because they enjoy being introduced to classic TV as a means for practicing literacy skills.

Activity List

7 ELA activities to complement The Twilight Zone episode: "To Serve Man"

7 ELA activities to complement The Twilight Zone episode: "To Serve Man"




These activities are further described and come with supporting materials (comprehension questions & answers, center cards, plot diagram & storyboard templates, social media templates/links, and more) in my TPT store. Click on the image below to see the product preview.



September 22, 2016

Halloween STEM Challenge: Creature Catcher

Halloween STEM Challenge: Creature Catcher is an engaging, collaborative, hands-on activity in which students design a device to catch spiders or other creatures.


The first big holiday in the school year is a big deal! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so I always like to do fun -- but still very academic -- activities to capitalize on the students' excitement. This challenge fits the bill: Creature Catcher!

Premise:
In this challenge, students work in partners or groups to create devices to trap/capture spiders and/or other creatures of your choosing. You can look at it as a spider web challenge, but don't present it to students that way! It gives them preconceived notions, and you might be surprised at their creativity when you don't set them up with what you have in mind!
Creature Catcher Halloween STEM Challenge - Students build webs or other devices to catch spiders or other creatures.


Halloween Ban?

If Halloween activities are taboo or forbidden in your classroom, not to worry! Connect this challenge with food chains/webs, arachnids vs. insects and other tiny creepy crawlies, ecosystems, habitats ... the list goes on and on! You can always find ways around a Halloween ban! 


Where Can I Find Out More?

Want to know more about materials, how to add some complexity for older kids, and more? See the video below for a walk-through of this challenge as well as what you can do to modify for the savvy STEM challenger! However, if you prefer to read, you'll find the video transcribed at the end of this post.


Creature Catcher Video





Are There Others Like This?
You know me, I hate to stop with one seasonal challenge, so I never do! This is one of five Halloween challenges. Starting Sept. 8, I'll be posting one Halloween STEM challenge video every Thursday to my YouTube channel.

Until then, you'll find the Halloween bundle briefly described in this post


All challenges are available individually and in discounted bundles in my TpT store, as well:





Video Transcription

Hi guys, today we are in week three of the Halloween STEM Challenges Creature Catcher. Premise of this one's pretty simple. The students design a device to catch creatures. If you can't do Halloween activities, that's no problem here. Just go ahead and loop this into a study on food chains, food webs. Ha, food webs. Get it? Arachnids versus insects, that sort of thing. Let's take a quick look at the materials for this challenge and the STEM Challenge cycle. This is a STEM Challenge Cycle you should follow for every challenge. I'll define each step in another video. You can click on the title now to see the cycle explained. So looking at this, it is pretty straight forward, but it's actually a lot tougher than it looks.

For set up, you're going to want to get yourself some creatures. So these are actually a little bit bigger. I usually use those really small, cheap plastic spider rings. It's a little bit early in the season and I couldn't find them, so I'm going with these today. You're going to want to decide how big a space you want the students to build over. Today, I got these propped up on clothes pins, but I actually don't have the students do it that way. I just wanted you to be able to see it on camera. Students can even build just right flat on top of their desks, or on top of a bucket. And then, another nice thing to do is either give them a sheet of paper or card stock so they see the dimensions that they have to build their device on top of, or have students use just a ruler and tape off the dimensions. A couple of ways to make this harder would be to increase the space over which the students have to build their creature catcher. You can decrease the amount of materials you give them.

I have a couple other ideas if you want to push it even that much further, but it is a little sadistic. So the first idea is to precut the strings to a too short length. So if the students have to build over a 12 by 12-inch mat, precut the strings at eight inches, or five inches. My next idea might actually be bordering on cruel, but limit the amount of knots they're allowed to tie. So in the entire design, they can only have four tied knots. Or you can choose another number, but either way, that definitely makes it a lot more difficult to accomplish. So when you get to the point where you're going to actually test the designs and measure the results, my recommendation is to partner up teams. So for example, if this design is from group B, then I would be from group A, and my job is to sprinkle the creatures all over the design, trying to be fair. But in addition to being fair, I also need to think about the working space.

So you can see that this design doesn't cover the entire mat, but the criteria in the constraints were to build a creature catcher over that entire space, so it's completely acceptable for me to put creatures anywhere above that working space. You can also do this over a bucket and have the students hold the creature catcher stable, but I find this is just as easy, if not easier. So now that I've sprinkled the creatures, I in group A would remove myself in this situation, and group B would send its members over to lift their design off the table and see how many creatures are held, and how many fall through. Now this is going to be a little bit tricky because I'm one person, and they would probably have one person on each side of this design in order to carefully lift it up, so I'm going to end up dropping more than I probably should.

All right, this design did reasonably well. It is another thing to think about that if you have older students, I would definitely not use spiders this big. I do have small hands, but you can see this takes up almost the entire palm of my hand. So I would definitely use the smaller spider rings for most groups of students, and you can usually get those at a dollar store, Target, Walmart. You can even order them off Amazon, but you tend not to do quite as well price wise, which I know is shocking because it's Amazon and usually it's so much cheaper. So now you have the basics and you're ready to go and do this in your class on your own, but I always try to leave you wanting just a little bit more, so if I have done my job, then you will want to check out the resource which includes more modifications, cross-curricular connections, student handouts, and more. Check it out.

Don't have time to put together handouts and lesson plans? No worries, it's already done and it contains everything you need, including modifications for use 2nd through 8th graders. You still need to gather the simple materials, of course, but the hard parts are done. You'll get Aligned Next Generation Science Standards for grades 2 through 8, links to my STEM Challenge professional development videos to help you get the most from each challenge, and the Creature Catcher Materials list. In Teacher Tips, you'll find premise and setup, how to increase or decrease difficulty through the criteria and constraints list, measuring results, and cross-curricular extension suggestions, which will be helpful if you need to prove this is not just a Halloween activity. You'll find an editable Criteria and Constraints list so you can tailor the challenge to your students. For Student Handouts, there are two versions. Four-page expanded room for response for younger students, and a two-page condensed space paper saver version for older students. You'll also find a set of group discussion questions.

In the Extension Handouts, you'll find task card templates for student made questions related to the challenge. Use them for a game of scoot, a center for early finishers, or an option for sub plans. You'll also get process flow templates. This resource is available individually and as part of the discounted Halloween and Mega STEM Challenge bundles. Links can be found in the description below the video. Your students are going to love it, and they're going to come away with a new appreciation for spiders because it is a lot more difficult to do than you think, and even when they do it well, it doesn't have the beauty of a spider web usually. Be sure you like and subscribe, and come on back next week for week four, Treat Toss.


September 15, 2016

Halloween STEM Challenge: Bone Bridge

Halloween STEM Challenge: Bone Bridge is an engaging, collaborative, hands-on activity to keep students focused on learning before or after they say trick-or-treat!


The first big holiday of the school year is upon us! If you want to keep students engaged and working while visions of candy and costumes dance in their brains, you're going to need something special. Wouldn't you know it, I've got just the thing: Bone Bridge!

Premise:
In this challenge, students work in partners/groups to design a bridge for length, strength, and/or capacity.



Halloween Ban?
If Halloween activities are taboo or forbidden in your classroom, not to worry! Connect this challenge with the skeletal system, vertebrates & invertebrates, bridges & forces, transportation... the list goes on and on! You can always find ways around a Halloween ban! 


Where Can I Find Out More?
Want to know more about materials, how to draw the line between capacity & strength, and more tips & tricks? See the video below for a ~4 minute walk-through of the challenge. However, if you prefer to read, you'll find the video transcribed at the end of this post.



BONE BRIDGE CHALLENGE WALK-THROUGH VIDEO:




Are There Others Like This?
But of course! This is the second of five Halloween challenges. Sept. 8 - Oct. 6. I'll be posting one Halloween STEM challenge video every Thursday to my YouTube channel

Until then, you'll find the Halloween bundle briefly described in this post





All challenges are available individually and in discounted bundles in my TpT store, as well:




Video Transcription

Yay, Halloween week two, Bone Bridge. The premise for this one is the students are going to build a bridge either for length, strength or capacity or any combination of those. Now I know some of you are not allowed to do Halloween activities, so to get around that you can study the skeletal system, you can study vertebrates versus invertebrates, you can look into bridges, forces, transportation. There are a lot of ways around this.

One thing that might actually be really cool is to have the students build bone bridge, then study vertebrates and invertebrates and have the students come up with a design that would be for an invertebrate bridge. Oh, I really like that. Let's take a quick look at the materials for this challenge and the STEM Challenge Cycle.

This is the stem challenge cycle you should follow for every challenge. I've defined each step in another video. You can click on the title now to see the cycle explained. Just a couple of quick notes for set up, you want to make sure you have the students build along the floor so that there's plenty of room for them to keep going, that they won't get cut off at the end of their desks, and you want to decide ahead of time if the goal for the challenge is the longest bridge or the strongest bridge, based on how much weight it can carry, or capacity. Or you might want some combination of those goals. You might be thinking what's the difference between capacity and weight for this challenge?

For example, this bridge is pretty strong because the planks are wooden. If you had a big bag of these pumpkin candies, you could probably easily line up along this entire bridge these pumpkin candies, but it might be actually capable of holding more weight. Another thing that's fun if they're doing capacity is the planks matter because you can see this one just barely holds the pumpkin, it's almost a little too widely spaced, but you could probably fit two across or maybe even more on the edges out here. Capacity can be a lot of fun to measure. If you do buy these pumpkin candies, hold on to them because when we start going over the Thanksgiving challenges, you're going to be able to use these again.

This is a really straight forward and fun challenge. You have what you need in order to conduct this on your own, but if you want more you might want to check out the resource, it has things like additional modifications to make the challenge more or less difficult, as well as cross-curricular connections and more fun stuff like that, so check it out.

This resource is going to save you oodles of time because it contains everything you need including modifications for use with second through eighth graders. You'll still need to gather the simple materials of course, but the hard parts are done. You'll get Aligned Next Generation Science Standards for grades two through eight, links to my stem challenge professional development videos to help you get the most from each challenge, and the Bones Bridge Materials list.

In Teacher Tips you'll find premise and set up, how to increase or decrease difficulty through the criteria and constraints list, measuring results and cross-curricular extension suggestions which you'll need if you need to prove this is not just a Halloween activity. You'll find an editable Criteria and Constraints list so you can tailor the challenge to your students. For Student Handouts there are two versions, four-page expanded room for response for younger students, and a two-page condensed space paper saver version for older students. Plus, there's a second set of handouts if you want students to test their bridges for length and the weight the bridges can hold.

You'll also find a set of group discussion questions. In the Extension Handouts you'll find math extension and process flow templates. This resource is available individually and as part of the discounted Halloween and Mega STEM challenge bundles. Links can be found in the description below the video. Your students are going to love this one and so are you. Make sure you like and subscribe. Next week we're going to be going over challenge three, Creature Catcher. See you next time.

September 7, 2016

Halloween STEM Challenge: Wings Wanted

Halloween STEM Challenge: Wings Wanted. Looking for a great way to keep students engaged, thinking critically, and working on hands-on problem solving? In this challenge, students create a new set of bat wings!



Kids have the worst time trying to concentrate on school the day of Halloween -- and it's even worse the day after! You'll need something extra engaging for them in order to keep their brains working at max capacity. Wouldn't you know it, I've got just the thing: Wings Wanted!

Wings Wanted Halloween STEM Challenge example Premise:
This is essentially a paper airplane challenge. Start with a wingless, bat body template and have students build out a set of wings to help it fly the max distance possible. You can also test for target accuracy and/or style, if desired.


Halloween Ban?
If Halloween activities are taboo or forbidden in your classroom, not to worry! Connect this challenge with lessons on bats in the ecosystem, food chains/webs, read Stella Luna and conduct bat inquiries ... the list goes on and on! You can always find ways around a Halloween ban!


Want More Wings Wanted Info?
Want to know more about materials, how to keep it simple for the younger kids, or add some complexity for older kids? See the video below for a walk-through of this challenge as well as what you can do to modify for the savvy STEM challenger! However, if you prefer to read, you'll find the video transcribed at the end of this post.


Wings Wanted Video:




Are There Others Like This?
You know me, I hate to stop with one seasonal challenge, so I never do! This is one of five Halloween challenges. Starting Sept. 8, I'll be posting one Halloween STEM challenge video every Thursday to my YouTube channel.

Until then, you'll find the Halloween bundle briefly described in this post

All challenges are available individually and in discounted bundles in my TpT store, as well:



Wings Wanted Halloween STEM Challenge example




Video Transcription

Yay, Halloween, it's my favorite. I know it's a little bit early, but I have five STEM challenges to share with you for Halloween, and if I don't start now I won't have time to finish before Halloween. 

So challenge one of five is called Wings Wanted, and it's basically a paper airplane challenge. You're gonna really love it, it's straightforward, simple materials, and the kids really love it. So I know not everybody is allowed to do Halloween activities at their school, so don't call it a Halloween activity. Your cross-curricular connections are gonna be even more important if you're not allowed to do Halloween activities. A bat is just an animal, so do a food web, food chain, bats in the ecosystem, read Stellaluna, there are a lot of different options here.

Let's take a quick look at the materials and the STEM Challenge Cycle. This is a STEM Challenge Cycle you should follow for every challenge. I've defined each step in another video, you can click on the title now to see the cycle explained.

If you've ever done origami or made paper airplanes and made some mistakes before, you noticed that after too many folds and refolds the paper sort of loses its integrity. So because of this you're gonna wanna make sure to give students scratch paper for their initial designs, and then they'll use the bat body templates as their final. So for measuring results on this I usually just go for max distance, but you might also wanna try to set up targets and go for accuracy, or even give style points for loops and that kind of thing.

So there are a few ways to make this a little bit more difficult if you have older students and you wanna challenge them just a little bit more. You can ask them to include cargo, so they can have to maybe even tape, like, a little candy corn, or paper clip might be easier. You can ask them to remove, like actually cut out, 25% of the paper, which requires them to actually do the measurements and figure out how much paper they need to remove. You can also make a challenge requirement that the bat body be visible, either underneath the wings or on top of the wings, as you see here in this one. And then this one's actually built the other way, so he's flying face down.

So you already have the basics in order to conduct this challenge on your own, but this is also available as a resource in my store, and it includes a lot of extras, like the bat body templates themselves, as well as student handouts, additional modifications, cross-curricular connections, and more. So make sure you check it out.

Your time is valuable, why not save some of it with this resource? It contains everything you need, including modifications for use with second through eighth graders. You'll still need to gather the simple materials of course, but the hard parts are done. You'll get Aligned Next Generation Science Standards, links to my STEM challenge professional development videos to help you get the most from each challenge, and the Wings Wanted materials list. In Teacher Tips you'll find premise and setup, how to increase or decrease difficulty through the criteria and constraints list, measuring results, and cross-curricular extension suggestions, which will be especially helpful if you need to prove this is not just a Halloween activity. You'll find an editable Criteria & Constraints List, so you can tailor the challenge to your students, and you'll also get bat body templates.

For Student Handouts there are two versions, four-page expanded room for response for younger students, and a two-page condensed space paper saver version. You'll also find a set of group discussion questions. In the Extension Handouts you'll find math extension and process flow templates. This resource is available individually, and as part of the discounted Halloween and Mega STEM Challenge bundles. Links can be found in the description bellow the video.

So again, this is a great challenge because it's so simple, straightforward, very inexpensive materials, and the kids really love it. Be sure you like and subscribe, and come back next week for challenge two of five, Bone Bridge.



September 5, 2016

August 2016 Recap



I'm going to start doing monthly recaps just to let you know what I've been up to. I'm going to break this up into categories. This month, the categories are: TpT Resources, YouTube video posts, Blog posts, and Life. I'll finish up with a preview for what's on deck for next month at the end!

TpT Resources




I updated all five challenges in the Halloween STEM Challenge bundle! This was the first seasonal set I ever made, and I found that having spent the last year creating a total of 43 challenges I had a lot of new inspiration to make the Halloween set even better than before!  I added primary response pages, new extension ideas, links, and more! I know a lot of you own the bundle or some of the individual challenges, so be sure to download the new updates!







I also combined all 43 STEM challenges into a STEM Mega Bundle at a huge discount!





YouTube Posts


Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apple Annihilator


Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apple Ally


Back-to-School STEM Challenge: Apples A-head


(Note: Apples Aloft & Apples Afar were posted in July)

STEM Challenge Catalog


5 Reasons You (only think you) Hate STEM Challenges



YouTube Resource Round-up



Blog Posts





Back-to-School STEM Challenges 
(guest post on Hojo's Teaching Adventures)












5 Reasons You (only think you) Hate STEM Challenges 
(guest post on Minds in Bloom)












In Defense of the Lazy Teacher











YouTube Resource Round-up: Videos for Teachers






Life 


I moved to Washington State in January, so it's not even been a full year yet. I have been loving the gorgeous summer, going on hikes and entertaining guests with touristy Seattle fun. That's my best friend since 8th grade with me and that mountain hike just about killed me; my calves burned for days! By the time we made it to the city portion of the trip, we were hobbling around like little old ladies. See that smile in the Pike Market photo - that's the glee of standing still! :)




Coming Up - Stay Tuned!


- Product Updates for the Thanksgiving STEM Challenge Bundle.

- YouTube video posts for all Halloween STEM Challenges -- including ideas for how to use them if you're not technically allowed to do Halloween activities


- There's more, but girl's gotta keep a little mystery in her life!