How to Have a Blast with Balloon Cars!

Are you ready for a very exciting STEM Challenge?

Actually, that's a statement that can be true of all STEM Challenges! This one has a unique quality and a competitive component. Hold onto your hats!

In this STEM activity, your students will create a car that rolls using simple supplies. The added bonus is to make the car propel forward with the power of a blown up balloon. Will it roll? Will it travel on a straight path? How will the balloons be attached? Great questions for your problem-solving group! And there will be problem-solving. Your students will amaze you with their designs and ways to make this car work. They will love competing after completing the design of their Balloon car.

Ways to Tackle Halloween in Your Classroom

The month of October can just fly by! And then it can be the longest month of the year (well, except for May!)

For most of my classroom teaching years, I had third graders and they loved Halloween. I did, too, but I always stressed over the chaos of the few days before that last day of the month. 

That crazy Halloween 'party' and the excitement of trick or treating just about did me in every year. I tried everything to maintain some procedures and decorum and still have fun! Our favorite activity was a pumpkin BINGO game using Halloween words. (with candy prizes, of course)

So, how can I help you tackle this day with STEM? Keep reading!

STEM and Halloween! This post has tips for using Halloween resources to create excitement and maintain engagement during the busy weeks leading up to October 31st. Elementary students love all these resources!



Books are a Passport to Great Adventures

Ah, it's all about relationships! The theme of this month's book choices are all relationships.

Real life, folks! It's about an older mom and her secrets from her ten-year-old daughter. It's about an agoraphobic woman that spies on her neighbors. It's about identical twins that do not speak to one another. It's about a five-year-old that loses his way and ends up adopted to parents in another country. And, it's about a family that is torn apart by secrets long kept from one another and the laws of a state that threatens them.

These books will keep you reading way past your bedtime!
Book Reviews- five books with the common theme of relationships. These reviews will start your interest! Which one will you read first?
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