Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Measuring Activity Ideas

Although the PBS kids show "Sid the Science Kid" episode "Ruler of Thumb" might be slightly childish, the show gives GREAT examples of how to teach about standard and non-standard measurement, with ideas appropriate for young and older students.

Standard measurement is when we use rulers, and non-standard measurement is when you use your "hands" (like for measuring horses) or paces. It's called "non-standard" because not everyone's hands are the same size.

Check out THIS ARTICLE from our Egghead on how to teach third graders about measurement.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Life Cycle of Potato Plants

Potato are for more than just eating... potato plants are fun to experiment with in elementary school. I mean, who wouldn't love to see those nubby "eyes" turn into roots in a cup of water?

For information on the entire life cycle of the potato plant click HERE for an article written from Egghead.

For a cool experiment on how to turn a potato into a clock click HERE or HERE.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The History of Teacher Appreciation

Everyone knows that they should appreciate their teacher's dedication and hard work, but few are familiar with the history of "Teacher Appreciation."

Learn about the history and importance of Teacher Appreciation, as well as a few ideas of how to show appreciation to teachers in your community.

The History of Teacher Appreciation

Intrinsic Motivation Vs. Extrinsic Motivation

Teachers know that they need to motivate their students, but sometimes wonder how to motivate students best. Learn the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, and what methods work best by visiting the eHow link below

Intrinsic Motivation Vs. Extrinsic Motivation

Friday, September 18, 2009

Instructional Methods in Field Trips

Field trips don't have to be a stressful time for teacher or parent chaperones. Bring instruction an order to field trips, and create a fun learning environment while still learning. Visit for an article from our resident Egghead.

Instructional Methods in Field Trips

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Science Inquiry Activities

What is Science Inquiry? Inquiry is a teaching method that uses hands-on activities to build skills and comprehension. Follow the link below to learn about the importance, the types, process, and benefits of the Science Inquiry process.

Looking for resources on science inquiry? Visit the link below for more information: Science Inquiry Activities

For even more information on Science Inquiry check out these books
Science Sleuths: 60 Activities to Develop Science Inquiry and Critical Thinking Skills, Grades 4-8

MORE Science Adventures with Children's Literature: Reading Comprehension and Inquiry-Based Science

Inquiry Based Science Activities

Saturday, September 12, 2009

How We Use Microscopes

We've all seen microscopes, but do you know the history of microscopes or different ways they are used?

Visit THIS ARTICLE -- written by Egghead-- to learn about the different types of microscopes and how they are used in education, medicine, and in criminal justice.

Friday, September 11, 2009

What is in Lava Lamps?

Are you feeling groovy? If not, adding a Lava Lamp to the room, it's sure to lighten the mood and improve the groove factor!  If you're interested in learning the scientific explanation of how Lava Lamps work, or how to create your own Lava Lamp, follow the link below:

What is in Lava Lamps?

Homeschooling Benefits

The decision to homeschool should not be taken lightly. While homeschooling may not be appropriate for each family or family situation, there are significant benefits to homeschooling your child.

A Beka Books is one of the largest publishers of homeschooling materials. They develop and print materials for preschoolers through high school. A Beka Book has both traditional parent-directed homeschool materials, as well as video-correspondence available, and now streaming online homeschool formats. For information on A Beka Book contact them a 1-877- A BEKA BOOK

Follow THIS LINK to an article with information on the benefits of homeschooling:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Preschool Gym Game Ideas

Learning Resources Rainbow Bean Bags, Set Of 6
Don't just play tic-tac-to with bean bags!
Preschoolers are naturally active, and enjoy playing games. Combine their natural love of competition with some games which require skill. Follow the link below for simple games involving bean bags and other modified games:

Preschool Gym Game Ideas

America Bulletin Board Ideas

Are you a teacher struggling with some bulletin board ideas? Follow the link below for information on how to create American themed Bulletin board with ideas about the US flag, the map, US Presidents, famous inventors, and more:

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Information About Lava Lamps

Lava Lite 52 oz Lava Lamp - Red/Clear/SilverEveryone enjoys watching Lava Lamps, but few people understand how they work. Check out the link below for information on the history of Lava Lamps, how Lava Lamps work, and how you can create a home-made project that looks similar to a lava lamp.

Information About Lava Lamps

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Objectives of Teaching Aids

Teaching Aids are useful in the class because they illustrate a point and add interest to the classroom. Learn about the purpose, benefits, types, and drawbacks of teaching aids. Companies such as A Beka Books ( also provide high quality teaching aids and visuals which are appropriate for use in the school or home classroom.

Follow the link below to the eHow article written by our Egghead:

Objectives of Teaching Aids

Friday, September 4, 2009

Science Activities for Teachers

New teachers may be hesitant to perform science experiments because of the prep time and practice involved, yet experiments and projects are a great way to improve student comprehension and participation in science class.

Learn about the different types of projects suitable for use in the classroom, tips to conducting experiments, and the benefits behind teaching through experiencing. Follow the link below:

Science Activities for Teachers

School Classroom Ideas

Are you a visual learner? Someone who learns best by hearing things? Or do you learn best by writing or reading about the subject? What about performing experiments?

Learn about the VARK system of learning styles- Visual, Aural, Read/Write, Kinesthetic, and how they can be applied to your own life, and the classroom. Recognizing one's preferred learning style can help with comprehension, and teachers who utilize all the methods in their classroom will help students learn better and perform to the best of their ability.

Follow the link below to learn more about Learning styles:

School Classroom Ideas

7th Grade Science Fair Project Ideas

If you've decided to participate in a Science Fair, but don't know where to start... LOOK HERE!

Science Fair season is an exciting time what will allow you to learn more about your chosen topic. Follow the link below for information on how to select your project, conduct your research, and analyze your data.

7th Grade Science Fair Project Ideas

How to Make a Pinwheel Science Project for First-Graders

Everyone loves to play with pinwheels. But did you know that they can also help teach about an important scientific principle? Forming your own pinwheels is a simple process, and can be completed using a few common household items.

Follow THIS LINK for detailed instructions on how to create your own pinwheel with common household supplies.