The labels are glued on and they are ready for the kids' names! How cute are these gray composition books? Got 'em at Walmart for 25 cents! Gotta love a deal! So, like with everything else, our district is moving towards a more student-directed, inquiry based model for science notebooks. It is based heavily on the philosophy of Michael P. Klentschy in his book Using Science Notebooks in Elementary Classrooms. I'm still working out exactly what it's going to look like in kindergarten, but…
Science Notebooking: Observing and Recording Seasonal Change
In this international science experiment, students in schoolyards across the northern hemisphere plant tulip bulbs in their Journey North Test Gardens each fall. When the plants emerge and bloom, children announce that spring has arrived in their part of the world. As citizen scientists, students track changes in seasons and climate around the world.
We have received many requests from teachers looking for ways to use charts that reinforce their teaching of information writing, so when Katie Wears, a staff developer at the Reading and Writing Project, shared with us some photos of science writing charts her teachers at Kiel Elementary School in Kinnelon, New Jersey had made during…
3 EASY Ideas to Teach Science Vocabulary with Technology — The Science Penguin
I know many teachers are scrambling to find effective methods of instruction for distance learning. I’d like to share some effective resources for teaching and practicing science vocabulary that you can use at school or at home. 1. Photos of Real-life Examples Use a simple app such as Skitch, or even the Markup feature in […]
Starting the Year Off Right: Science Ideas for the First Week — The Science Penguin
I’m not a fluffy teacher. I never have been. I expect a lot out of my students and we are going to get to it right away. During the first weeks of school, I incorporate cooperative learning, procedure practice, expectations review, routines, and “getting to know you” while beginning content. This approach seems much more […]