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?

Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday, September 1, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Bones

Question: Why do you think babies "lose" bones when they grow up?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Back2School: How music can improve preschooler's behavior, school readiness

As a former music teacher, I can attest to the fact that singing songs, playing music games, and playing musical instruments is extremely beneficial to a Pre-Kinder and Kindergartner's development.

Even if it's something as simple as singing along and just clapping their hands, or letting them freestyle dance for a couple of minutes, it has a profound effect.

Any time you feel both you and your students need a quick break, pull out a song!

Click this link to read an article that further supports this.

Friday, August 18, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Earth's Rotation

1. What is this a picture of?
2. What is it doing?
3. Which direction is it going?
4. We say it's moving "counter-clockwise". By rotating in this direction, the sun rises in the east, or the right, and sets in the west, the left. (Look at a clock that has hands and notice which way is "counter-clockwise".)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Introducing The Pasta Kidz by Bryony Supper

‘The Pasta Kidz™ and Petz Adventures’ are humorous, zany, magical and chaotic stories that bring together the pasta-themed Kidz – including Sarah Spaghetti, Rikki Ravioli, Camilla Cannelloni (above) and their creative Petz – Mumbo the Macaroni Dog, Spud the Spaghetti Horse and Val the Vermicelli Snake (above) together in unusual circumstances, engaging with strange magical objects that have a life of their own. The songs, music and humour, told in specially invented pasta language, will engage 4-to-7 year olds in a fantasy world of friendship. For more information, check out the website here. You can get these adorable books from Amazon here and here.

Friday, August 11, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Dogs Drinking

What do you see the dog's tongue doing?
How does this different from the way your tongue works when you drink?

Friday, August 4, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Wings and Flight Patterns

Look at the way each creature's wings "flap". 
Do any of them look familiar?
Notice how the dragonfly's four wings each move separately.
Do the two birds flap their wings the same?
What do these patterns tell you?

Friday, July 28, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - A Flock of Birds

What do you see?
What are they doing?
Why do you think they're diving into the water?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Start Code

This is more for children ages 8-18, beyond Kindergarten age (unless you have an advanced Kindergartener!). But in my opinion it's a great "jumping off point" for teaching coding. Coding is the future. It affects computer programs, robotics, and more. And it can be taught in both the home and classroom.

For more information, click the link here.

Friday, July 21, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - The Voice of the Trees by Bartholomaus Traubeck

The Voice of the Trees by Bartholomaus Traubeck 

video here:

Music is indeed all around us, but I never thought a gorgeous piece of music could be found in a cross-section of a tree trunk.
Artist Bartholomaus Traubeck designed and built a record player that “reads” the texture and color variations of tree rings and interprets them as music. Because every tree has its own configuration of rings, every tree has its own song. By doing this, Traubeck has essentially created the infinite library of records. You must love the time we live in.
If you think Nature would sound like crackling and random noises, think again. This is actually beautiful.
1. What instrument does this sound like?2. What does this music sound like to you?3. If this was from a movie, what kind of movie do you think you would be watching?

Friday, July 14, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Slinky

What is the man doing?
What do you notice is happening?
Why do you think the Slinky collapses into itself before it falls to the ground?

Friday, July 7, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Bio-luminescence Defense

What do you see?
What is the fish doing?
Why do you think the fish is "spitting" the glob of light?

This is called a "bio-luminescence defense". It means the fish is using the light to temporarily blind or confuse another fish or creature that may be trying to eat it.

Friday, June 30, 2017

5 Minute Science Lesson - Physics Fun

What do you see happening?
Why doesn't the ring fall off the chain?
Do you think you can duplicate this trick?