STEM Grades 3-5

STEM: Fun With Coding!

STEM: Fun With Coding!
What do purple winged unicorns and disco balls have to do with STEM? One initiative President Obama brought to the forefront is the need for children to be well versed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. This need…
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Talk about Engineering

Listen to engineering professionals "dish" on ideas for inspiring engineering thinking in K-12 students. Podcast topics include ways to integrate engineering into the K-12 education, innovative ideas to teach engineering, career and industry needs and connections in engineering, and equity…
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Dividing Using the Area Model in Context of Problem Solving

Dividing Using the Area Model in Context of Problem Solving
143 students will be attending the school music concert. Each row will seat 13 students. How many rows will be needed for all of the students to have a seat? Long division. Ugh. When was the last time you used…
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Let’s “Talk” Science

Let’s “Talk” Science
We have all heard the term “accountable talk.” We get it, kids need to turn and talk to each other. They can’t sit and listen to us all day. But, how do we know that they are talking and learning?…
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Why Bother to Estimate??

Why Bother to Estimate??
Estimation is often overlooked in lessons involving multiplication or division. Even if students are told to estimate first, they often calculate to find the precise answer then round it to make an estimate. That should prompt teachers to consider the…
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Build math and science vocabulary and have fun!

Build math and science vocabulary and have fun!
Building vocabulary knowledge and usage in mathematics and science should not amount to copying definitions in notebooks. Decades of copying definitions has resulted in many students being able to repeat a definition but not show its application in context. A…
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Stop creating a word wall for your students!

Stop creating a word wall for your students!
How effective is it to have a list of math words on the wall? Who decides what words to place on the wall and who puts them up on display? Students benefit from building vocabulary knowledge. Teachers often create word…
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