STEM Poetry

We are lighting up our poems in second grade! During Poetry Month in April the second graders spend time using ReadWriteThinks interactive poetry websites.  They wrote Acrostics, Diamantes, and Haikus.    After learning about these 3 types of poems and others in their classroom students worked in small groups to brainstorm as many sources of light as […]

STEM Roller Coasters

My favorite part of the school year this year is probably teaching STEM/STEAM.  The curriculum concepts, the thinking skills, and the personal skills the students have learned have made STEM days my favorite days of the week. The last few weeks the fourth graders have been learning about basic physics concepts by building roller coasters. […]

PearDeck

A few weeks before PARCC PBA I introduced the 4th graders and 4th grade teachers to Pear Deck.  It was not only a great way to practice our technology skills for the upcoming online assessments but an excellent pre-test math review. Pear Deck is a simple yet engaging presentation tool.  Teachers create a presentation to show their […]

Wordsmyth Kids Wild Online Dictionary

Interactive, Fun, and Educational. There are so many amazing uses for the Wordsmyth Kids Wild Online Dictionary. Broken down into the 3 parts this website is not just a dictionary but “interactive multimedia environment for learning about words and the world.” World: The world is an interactive picture dictionary split into city and nature.  By selecting one or the […]

Actively Learn

Actively Learn, www.activelylearn.com, is an interactive online eReader with bells and whistles.  Students can highlight and take notes, and the teacher can assign text, insert questions, and have the students actually interact with the text. This websites helps transform reading and develop students into critical thinkers.   With some of the great features, students will think, […]

Coding and STEM in the local paper

While the details are not always right, it is nice to get the recognition for my program. http://newjerseyhills.com/echoes-sentinel/news/kindergarten-students-learn-basics-of-coding-in-watchung/article_eede83cd-37dc-5c80-b160-9fa2d1a497b0.html Hour of Code went great.  Classes discussed the meaning of computer science and different jobs of computer scientists.  They then moved me through lines of “code” around a grid had I taped out on the floor.  We debugged […]