Squeeze-Bottle Straw Rockets - The Lab It’s easy to turn a juice bottle into a rocket launcher. How? Grab a few straws, some modeling clay, and an empty juice bottle to make a launcher that will send the straw rocket soaring across the room. How Does It Work While you’re having fun launching straws, you’re actually learning about Newton’s Laws of Motion. Note This experiment was designed using the Kool-Aid bursts juice product. Literacy Loves Company: Make Math FUN! Add a Splash of Art! Hi There! Today I want to share with you a couple of ways that I integrated art into my geometry instruction this last quarter. We were just at the beginning of our geometry instruction and were learning about lines. This day's lesson was about parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting lines. I wanted to find some line art for students to locate these types of lines from. During my instruction, students took notes in their math journals and drew examples of each of the types of lines. The instructions were to take turns finding parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting lines. I handed out protractors for students to use as they searched for different angles. Students were quite engaged with this task! We usually have art on Friday so, in order to extend our learning of lines and angles, our art focus on that Friday was a geometric art project. •line •line segment •ray •intersecting •parallel •perpendicular •right angle •obtuse angle •acute angle •triangle •square Thanks for visiting!
40 Cool Science Experiments on the Web Perhaps you don't have enough class periods to do every science experiment you wish you could, or maybe your budget for beakers and baking soda is all tapped out. Maybe you just want to watch and see how it's done before you try to build a volcano with 24 fourth-graders. Whatever the reason, having students watch a science demonstration close up on the Web is the next best thing! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. How to Choose a Science Fair Topic Help your students choose topics that will bring out their best work. An experiment can be as simple as "Why do I feel hotter when I wear the red side of my jersey instead of the white when I play soccer?" To start, ask them when was the last time they wondered why something happened or how something worked? Look at television commercials and question their claims.
Here Is A Great Website for STEM Teachers and Students May 1, 2016 NOVA, one of the popular American TV series that produces in-depth science programming in the form of documentaries and short videos, has this excellent resource called NOVA Education. This is a free portal designed specifically to cater to the teaching and learning needs of STEM teachers and students. It provides a wide variety of educational materials that include informative short-form videos explaining different scientific phenomena, lesson plans to appropriate for your own teaching situation, interactive and several other resources all aligned to teaching standards. You can use the site’s search box to quickly locate a video or browse through the content of NOVA Education by topic.
Math in Art – 15+ STEAM Projects! In our teaching programs, we all learned about the different sides of the brain and different learning types. But with the recession, many schools lost the programs that helped reach all learning types – especially art. Art is more than just creating beautiful pieces, many of the great master painters used math concepts to make their pieces even more appealing. So how can we integrate math into art for our students? How to make an orderly tangle of triangles – great for a geometry class! Teach bar graphing skills (and even pi!) Paint with compasses! Teach symmetry with this self-portrait activity. Tessellations have always been popular STEAM activities – here’s one for fish, there’s plenty more online for all grade levels! This activity can help students struggling with the Pythagorean Theorem grasp the concept while making this piece of art! These geometric stars can also be used for tracking New Year’s Resolutions! Kids are always impressed with mobius strips! 4mulaFunMath In ArtFollow On
6 Essential Science Tools that Use Technology in the Classroom I am a Science teacher and a techie. With this admission comes the fact that I love to find novel ways to incorporate technology in the classroom into my lessons. My students have learned that whenever I find a new tool, I'll bring it in and together we'll brainstorm ways to use it to help us be more effective and engaged scientists. I know there is great variety in the resources available to Science teachers in school across the country. If you have a tight budget and need to outfit a Science classroom, here is what my students and I consider the six most important pieces of technology in the classroom for every Science teacher to use. Digital Projector (LCD or DLP) I wish we could take for granted that every Science teacher has one of these in her classroom, but I know that not every school can afford these $600+ devices. A few fun classroom activities using “The Magic Tree House” book series. A few tips on how to get a leg up from the competition, and get a teaching job... Probeware
Third Grade Galore: Integrating Techonology into Math Today I'm linking up with Kristin at iTeach 1:1 for The topic for today (actually yesterday) is integrating technology into math. Skitch App I've posted about this app before, but my kids really enjoy it. We used it when we wanted to document math around the school. These are pictures from our area and perimeter hunt. The students went around the school and took a picture of something that showed area or perimeter. Then using Skitch, they added their lines and a label. I printed all the pictures and we hung them up. We also did this at the beginning of our fractions unit to show objects that were divided into equal parts. The kids love walking around the school to take their pictures. It is a bit of a competition to see who can find the coolest object. How are you integrating technology into math? How else could Skitch be used in your classroom? Head on over and link up with your idea!