Going Against the Grain: All About Salmon Spawning

Going Against the Grain: All About Salmon Spawning

It might not seem important to think about salmon and muse over their history or ponder what their life is like today. But it’s a vital story in the scheme of our ecological environment and what is happening to a once extremely valuable species. Besides, salmon is the best example of the cog in the wheel of how a fish species figure into the mystery of migration. Historical Fish Stories Salmon was a food preference even among peoples of the Paleolithic era—called the old stone age of about two and a half million years ago during a time when people chipped rudimentary stone tools.
Patriotism: Activities For Children That Can Nurture a Love of Our Country

Patriotism: Activities For Children That Can Nurture a Love of Our Country

We are lucky to live in a nation where freedom and justice for all prevails. We as parents/teachers are the ones to teach our children the importance of patriotism. How much does your child know about the United States? When we understand our country’s history and events, we respect each other more and feel like we all belong to America. So put on your patriotic hat and present fun ways to teach children the love of the red, white and blue.
All About Magnets: A Theme Unit for Elementary School

All About Magnets: A Theme Unit for Elementary School

Magnets are magnificent. Their force is invisible, but its effects are found all around us. Magnets are used to hold schoolwork on refrigerators, they can help us find our way on a walk, and we even use them in televisions, computers, and MRI scanning machines where doctors can see inside the human body. How amazing is that? Magnetic Attraction Let’s “attract” excitement with this hands-on, all about magnets theme unit for your class.
Who Was Agatha Christie?

Who Was Agatha Christie?

World’s best-selling crime writer with one-half billion books sold; and read in more than languages than Shakespeare—Check √ Creator of popular characters: Tommy & Tuppence, Hercule Poirot, and Miss Marple—Check √ Adaptations for movies: Murder on the Orient Express, Witness for the Prosecution; and long-running play: Mouse Trap—Check √ But did you know she had severe shyness in her youth? That she was home-schooled? She was a gifted singer and possessed a talent for music?
The Octopus and Soft Robotics

The Octopus and Soft Robotics

Octopuses are cool. Part of the Cephalopoda class (pronounced sef-uh-luh-pod), which is any member of the phylum Mollusca, a small group of highly advanced and organized marine animals including eight-armed octopuses, ten-armed squids, cuttlefishes, and the shelled chambered nautiluses. Octopus size is so varied it can be as gigantic as a school bus or as small as your finger. Think you know a chameleon? The octopus can beat a chameleon by using more colors to camouflage itself, and it can also change the texture of its skin to mimic a rock or a shelf of coral.
Native American Crafts For Kids: Southeastern Nations

Native American Crafts For Kids: Southeastern Nations

For years before the European explorers came upon American shores, the native nations prospered around the areas of the Southeastern areas known today as North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Louisiana. Discover traditional crafts of these tribes (Catawba, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole) –nations of people who lived in a region stretching from the Mississippi River and the mountains of Appalachia to the sandy coasts along the Atlantic.
Power Outage Activities: How To Amuse Your Kids

Power Outage Activities: How To Amuse Your Kids

The weather is sometimes frightful – whether it’s a snowstorm, tornado, hurricane, or even an earthquake. No matter the crisis, the power usually goes out. It’s bad enough not to have lights, but without the use of electronics, our families freeze. What do we do with a generation that is in “need” of material objects for entertainment? Time to Prepare I live in Florida, so I’m in preparation mode starting June 1st – our hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30th.
Crayon Creations: Lessons With Crayons

Crayon Creations: Lessons With Crayons

Can you imagine days without crayons? Ever since these artistic tools were introduced in 1903, children have used them creatively. This versatile art material has become a staple on school supply lists and kids look forward to a new box each year. Teachers are finding new ways to create lessons with crayons across the curriculum. Here are a few ideas to try in your classroom. Before I begin, teachers need to check out Crayola’s website, not only for products but for lesson plan ideas in their Education Section.
All About Clocks and Time Telling

All About Clocks and Time Telling

Most young children have difficulty learning and understanding the concept of time. It’s the passage of time and the use of clocks that plague them. Once this concept is mastered, children experience a feeling of independence and competence. Here are some facts and activities that make time telling a fun adventure. The History of Time Long before clocks were invented people used nature’s rhythms as signals and planned their daily activities according to the rising and setting of the Sun.
Simple Stars: Star Crafts for All Reasons

Simple Stars: Star Crafts for All Reasons

Whether your theme is patriotic, constellation, holiday, or achievement, stars are the perfect symbol to use in your classroom. It’s iconic shape has been recognized for centuries and so fun to make as a project. Here are a few star crafts to make with your students. Paper Web Star This star is made with colorful construction paper and has a dimensional look. You will need: ½ to ¾ inch strips of paper in these lengths: 6-inch, 7-inch, and 8-inch Scissors Stapler Hole punch Yarn or fishing wire for hanging Directions: