Halloween Safety

Keep the subject of Halloween fun and educational by exploring the following web sites with your class. They will learn safety tips to take the fright out of trick-or-treating. A study of pumpkins is sure to keep your students’ attention. With so many new sights and sounds on Halloween, what is fact and what is […]

Looking for Art

The Web is a fantastic resource for education in the visual arts. The Internet allows students to access artistic images from many different times and cultures. By exploring various art pieces from a wide range of times, cultures, and styles, students will learn to form their own opinions of the art they see. By answering […]


The Rigor of Informational Text

The new Common Core standards require more “rigor”. So what does rigor really mean? Could it mean we expect our students to learn at higher levels? How do you assess a high level understanding of informational text? The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts emphasizes the importance of students reading informational text. […]


Hubble Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope has literally transformed the way scientists view the universe. For over 20 years, this incredible technology has been orbiting the Earth in its quest to prove or disprove astronomical theories, uncover heretofore unknown worlds, solve space mysteries, search for answers to a plethora of scientific questions, and, in general, expand our […]


Let’s Play with STEM

Last month we familiarized ourselves with the organizations that support and drive the STEM efforts in the K-12 realm. The amount of resources available to educate, advise, and train teachers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields are impressive and meaningful.  The future of this nation will rely heavily on the innovation and problem-solving […]

Rescuing Algebra

A lot of people love to hate algebra. “It’s confusing,” they say. “It’s boring,” they say. “When will I ever use this?” they ask. Algebra is where we lose so many students. We all know it is true, yet somehow we seem powerless to prevent it. But the truth is that algebra is a puzzle, […]

Reading Nonfiction

Take the grunting and groaning out of reading nonfiction. Help students build their nonfiction reading muscles. Students often complain that reading nonfiction is unwieldy, unpleasant, difficult. Instead, many readers are drawn to fiction. Older ELA curricula support this by focusing on fiction and prose, and including only narrative nonfiction, such as biographies. Other nonfiction, including […]

Objects in the 3rd Dimension

Not only are 3-D figures and polyhedra fascinating to look at, they are captivating concepts for math students of all ages. Exploring 3 dimensional solids; their faces, vertices, edges and how they interconnect, helps students to visualize real world objects. Spatial recognition and awareness is an innate ability that develops throughout life and leads to […]


150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Neither side expected to make a stand in the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Yet on July 1, 1863, Union and Confederate troops collided at this picturesque town. What followed was three days of intense fighting that changed the course of the Civil War. The Battle of Gettysburg was one of the most important battles during […]

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Twenty to thirty seconds of “pure terror”! This is how many earthquake survivors describe their experience. Anyone who has ever experienced an earthquake or seen a volcanic eruption first hand knows the true power of nature. Modern technology enables us to study our planet in ways and visualize it in ways that were just not […]

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