Friday, December 29, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Mother Nature

1. What do you see?

2. What do you think is happening?

3. Has it been raining? (How can you tell?)

Friday, December 15, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Ants

1. What do you see happening?

This is a reverse gif of ants eating a dead lizard.

2. Do you think ants would do this to other dead animals?

3. Why do you think they do it?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

How Many Triangles?

Scroll down for the answer...

Friday, December 8, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Turtles

1. What is the first thing you notice about the inside of a turtle?

2. What do you think would be in the middle where the empty space is?

3. What protects the turtle's spine?

4. Can you find the tail? Where is it attached?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Texas School Beats ADHD by Tripling Recess Time

While most school districts across the country are cutting back on recess time and ramping up the Ritalin, one Texas school has kindergartners and first graders sitting still and “incredibly attentive.”
What’s their secret? Their recess time has tripled.

Friday, December 1, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Astronauts Muscles

1. Why do you think their muscles shrink?

2. Do you think their muscles go back to normal when they return to Earth? Why or why not?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Vicks VapoRub

With cold and flu season coming on, I felt this would be beneficial for teachers. I always kept a jar in my desk for emergencies.

Friday, November 24, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - soap foam

1. What is the first thing you notice about this?

2. What do you think this is?

3. Does this remind you of something you've seen before?
(Hint: honeycomb)

4. How do you think they got this photograph?

Friday, November 17, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Sharks

1. Do you think sharks were around in the time of dinosaurs?

2. Is it possible that sharks were once dinosaurs?

3. If there were no trees, what was there?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Crayon Facts

* Crayons were introduced to the world in 1903. An 8-pack sold for 5 cents.

* A child in the US goes through about 720 crayons by the age of 10.

* Crayons are made mostly out of paraffin wax - a substance also used by NASA, which turns it into fuel for the Peregrine rocket.

* The Crayola Experience in Easton, PA, is home to BIG BLUE, the world's largest crayon that weighs 1,500 pounds.

(Psst! Teachers! At CARVEDCRAYONS on Etsy, you can order pop culture characters, pet portraits, and other items sculpted from crayons.)

Friday, November 10, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Lungs

1. Why do you think the heart is behind the lungs and not between them?

2. Do you know what protects your lungs? (Ans: ribcage)

3. Your lungs are not muscles. They are like sponges. They fill up like balloons when you breathe in.

Your diaphragm is a muscle underneath your lungs. When you breath, the diaphragm goes down, drawing air into your lungs like a vacuum cleaner. When the diaphragm moves up, it squeezes the air out of your lungs, the way you'd squeeze water out of the sponge.

Friday, November 3, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - How Dinosaurs Moved

1. Why do you think scientists did this?
2. What does the plunger represent?
3. Have you seen a dinosaur movie where the dinosaur moved this way? 

Friday, October 27, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Astronauts

1. Why do you think astronauts grow taller?

2. Do you think they stay that tall when they return to Earth?
(The answer is they don't. They shrink back to their original height.)

3. Do you think growing taller is a good thing in space, or a bad thing? Why?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Line Rider - Mountain King

This video (link here) is one of the most entertaining videos I've seen in a long time. Children of all ages will enjoy this rendition of Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King.

Friday, October 20, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons

1. What word do we use where we live?

2. Why do you think they're called something different in other parts of the world?

Friday, October 13, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Moonquakes

1. What do you think causes moonquakes?

2. Are moonquakes as dangerous on the moon as earthquakes are on Earth? Why or why not? 

3. How do you think moonquakes were discovered?

Friday, October 6, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Satellites

1. What is a satellite?

2. What is solar energy? Where does it come from?

3. Can you name something else that uses solar energy?
(Hint: Many school districts speed limit signs and crosswalk signs are powered by solar energy.)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Number Matching With Paper Cups - With a Suggestion

I often see activities like this where a student is working independently to match numbers. I've used a few of them myself. However, there have been times when I've noticed a child put the wrong answer on top, and unless it's brought to my attention, it doesn't get corrected.

My suggestion is this. At the bottom inside the cup, put the same number of dots. That way, when the child mentions s/he's done, you can turn the cup over and have them check to see if their answers are correct.

On activities like this, there has to be a way for them to check their answers to make sure they're actually counting correctly and not just putting down any answer for the sake of finishing the job.

Friday, September 29, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Velociraptors

1. If you were standing next to a Velociraptor, how tall would it be?

2. In the movies, Velociraptors are shown as being as tall as a full-grown man. Why do you think they're shown that way?

Friday, September 15, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Regal Tang Fish

1. From these three gifs, where do Regal tang fish live? How can you tell?
2. Do you think Regal tang fish would make good pets? Why or why not?