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.