• Weather Activities for Kids Spring is upon us, and it is the perfect time to teach your weather unit in science! Depending on where you live, spring likely showcases a lot of diverse weather patterns which makes this the prime time for weather observations and experiments. If you’re teaching weather right now (or about to), check out these fun weather activities for kids to really engage your students. 5 Weather Activities for Kids 1. Cloud Demonstration In this simple science experiment, students will observe what causes clouds to rain. For this activity, you will need: A jar Water Food coloring Pipette or dropper Shaving cream First, fill the jar with…

• Fun Statistics Activities for Kids I know you probably read the title of this post and asked yourself why elementary students would ever need to know statistics. Well, they don’t exactly, but that doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t still benefit from some subtle exposure to the concept! April is National Statistics & Mathematics Awareness Month, and is the perfect opportunity to add in some fun statistics activities to your instruction. If this is something you would like to do, here are a few (age appropriate) ideas! 1. Play SNAKE. SNAKE is a fun math dice game that loosely involves probability, as well as a little bit of risk! This game…

• Have you ever done a STEM challenge? One of my favorite activities to do in the classroom is a STEM challenge. These short, quick engineering challenges are easy to implement, fun for students, and SO meaningful! I guarantee you that your students will be begging for more. I highly recommend any science teacher implementing STEM challenges regularly into their instruction. When I taught third grade, I tried to do one challenge per week. When I moved to a new school, I didn’t quite have time for that in my new schedule. However, it still made a great, special activity every once in awhile. If you’ve never implemented STEM challenges in…

• Celebrating Pi Day at School One of my favorite math holidays is Pi Day (March 14th, in honor of 3.14). Although, in my house we treat it more like PIE Day! Typically, we have chicken pot pie (our favorite!) for dinner, and then some other form of pie for dessert. However, for teachers, celebrating Pi Day can be fun in the classroom as well. Since this fun day is just around the corner, today I wanted to share some Pi Day ideas for the classroom. If your students are too young to learn about the actual number pi (which, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, they probably are!),…

• Spring is just around the corner, and it’s a wonderful time of year filled with blooming flowers, butterflies, and (depending on where you live) lots and lots of rain! Spring brings so many GREAT opportunities to do some really fun activities in your science class. So, today, I wanted to share with a few of my favorite spring science activities! Butterfly Craft This is a simple craft that helps students learn about the anatomy of a butterfly! Students will have fun making beautiful butterflies they can take home, while also being able to identify the parts of a butterfly’s body. Here’s what you need for each student: 1 clothespin 3…

• Building Problem Solving Skills for Kids Problem solving is one of the key foundational aspects of math. At its core, math isn’t about numbers – it’s about solving problems! Naturally, kids with strong problem solving skills have an easier time in math class. Problem solving comes naturally to some students, but not for others. However, there are things we as teachers can do to help build strong problem solving skills in our students. If this is something you think would benefit your students, here are a few ideas for carrying this out. Problem Solving Skills for Kids Activities Each of the following activities are helpful for building students’ problem solving…

• How to Teach the Design Process Steps to Students Do you do a lot of STEM challenges in your class? If not, you should definitely start! But if you are already doing them, then hopefully you also understand the importance of teaching your students the steps in the design process. Students will be much more successful in completing STEM challenges if they understand these steps. However, the design process steps themselves can be a little hard to understand. Because of this, I broke the steps down into an easy-to-remember, 5-step process using the acronym B.U.I.L.D. If you’re interested in learning more about teaching your students the design process using B.U.I.L.D.,…

• Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if you’re like me, you can’t wait to do all the heart-themed activities! If you know me, you know I’m a big fan of easy, low-prep, and hands-on activities. So, to help you out this February, I compiled a list of a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day activities for kids that are up to my standards! 3 Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids 1. Candy Heart Towers This game/STEM activity is SO simple, and all you need are some of those jumbo sized candy hearts! (You can do them with small ones, too, but I personally prefer…

• Are you looking for fun, versatile games for the classroom? I know I always am! My favorite thing ever is taking a super simple, low-prep game and turning it into something educational. The BEST games are ones that can be easily adapted to use for any subject. Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite, versatile games for the classroom… Musical chairs! Yes! Musical chairs! Everyone knows how to play it, it’s SO low-prep (just need some chairs, music, and a worksheet). And the best part is you can play this game in ANY subject! I obviously used it in math, but since it’s a game that’s…

• Brilliant Elementary Math Ideas Are you on teacher Instagram? If not, you should be! Instagram is one of my favorite ways to find amazing ideas for teaching elementary math. When you connect with hundreds (or thousands) of teachers across the globe, you learn so much! Today, I wanted to share some of the most GENIUS elementary teaching tips and ideas for math that I’ve found on Instagram. If you like the ideas, too, then click the links for each one and give them a follow! 1. Teaching Times Tables I love this tip from @perfectforprimary! Instead of teaching times tables in order from 1-12, she teaches them in a more…