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The Bard for the elementary student

November 16th, 2014 · No Comments · Content - Language Arts


Shakespeare for Kids gives you everything you need for your elementary students to perform Shakespeare.  Select your character and then on to your part.  The site includes both Teacher and Parent pages.

For the complete post from TeachersFirst, please click here.


Google forms to collect evidence

November 15th, 2014 · No Comments · Google Tools

Here is a quick and easy tutorial from Kim Pollishuke that will help you use Google forms to collect anecdotal information for student report cards.    Love her suggestion to bookmark it to your phone- makes collecting data a breeze!  Please click here for the complete post.


2015 – Engineering in Sports

November 14th, 2014 · No Comments · Classroom

Here is an excerpt from the EngineerGirl 2015 essay contest.  Don’t let the name fool you- this contest is open to both boys and girls.  Get all the details here.“In your own words describe ONE technology used in a sport that you enjoy, and tell how different types of engineers contributed to its design and manufacture. Explain why the technology was developed (What problem were the engineers trying to solve?). Explain the constraints engineers faced in developing a solution and why specific design choices were made (i.e., Would adding functionality make it too big or too fragile or would a stronger design be too expensive?). Describe the design process that engineers will use to improve the technology in the future. Include details about how different engineering disciplines may be involved in that process.

All essays must be original work, and resources must be clearly cited. Guidelines for length are indicated below:

  • Grades 3–5: 400 to 700 words
  • Grades 6–8: 600 to 1100 words
  • Grades 9–12: 1000 to 1500 words

We want to hear from you! Make sure to review the Contest Requirements and FAQs, and submit your essay by March 1, 2015 at 6:00 pm EST.”


The NEW Periodic Table song

November 13th, 2014 · No Comments · Content - Science

While I had seen this on Facebook, I didn’t really take notice until I read the blog from te@chthought.  I loved the old periodic table song, but I agree, it didn’t help students learn as much as they could.  Here’s the new song-sure to be a hit.


And here are the words!