5 Page-Turners That Will Keep You Reading (and Reading)

Have you ever finished a book and dreaded choosing your next read? This happens especially when you have read a good one! Somehow the next choice just cannot measure up!

Here's how I solve that dilemma! I switch genres. If a thriller is amazing then my next-read is likely to be a memoir!

Whatever your method might be in choosing books I have some absolutely amazing selections to recommend this month!


6 Ways to Make December Full of Learning

Is Christmas your favorite time of year? It certainly is mine and there are two really big reasons...

First of all, I was born on Christmas Day!

And, secondly, my name is Carol.

Do you get it? Sometimes I have to explain that to my students, but then they think it is amazing and it is - Christmas Carol!

Know what else is amazing - Christmas in the classroom. And I have some truly spectacular STEM events and resources to share with you to make this season magical in your classroom.

STEM projects for the busy holiday season. This blog post will share many different ways you can keep your elementary students engaged during the busy month of December. This include STEM challenges and an Escape Room.


Why Roller Coasters is the Best STEM Challenge Ever

Hands-down, not kidding, this is the ONE challenge that my students love, beg to do again, and cheer when they see it on our agenda.

It's Roller Coasters.

So, I am sure you want to know why it is the best challenge ever!

Do you love roller coasters? Kids do! This STEM activity is a roller coaster event. Students have specific supplies and must design and construct a roller coaster model. You will love the very detailed teacher's guide with tons of embedded tips. It is truly exciting to watch them work and test their roller coasters. Students learn about momentum, centripetal force, and use a lot of trial and error! It's the best challenge ever! #STEM #elementary


Conquering the Great Bottle Flip Challenge

I will admit I am a little late to this game- the Bottle Flip Challenge, that is!

I considered inventing a challenge over a year ago, but just didn't have time and I also knew I would want my version to be a little different... but I couldn't decide how.

So, recently I had one of those Brain Pops I have sometimes and thought about this: What if we tested the bottles with water and then the students could use the gathered data and design their own challenge?

Sounds great, right? But, you know me! I thought of a really neat twist. What if we could fill the bottles with something other than water? Would it work?

Well, we tried it and I have some stories to tell you. Let's conquer this challenge! 

Can you flip a water bottle and land it? What if you fill the bottle with something other than water? This post will give you some great tips and a freebie!


Keeping Students Engaged with a Sports Theme

I don't know about you, but somewhere around the real beginning of fall, I start losing kids. There is just something about the crisp fall air and football season that grabs their attention.

Now, mind you, we live in Alabama, where the normal outside temperature during recess is about 95 degrees with 100% humidity. Seriously, sometimes the playground equipment is not used because the bars are too hot to touch.

So, naturally, when the weather finally cools kids love to play outside.

But, what about inside? How do we keep them engaged?
If you need to keep elementary students engaged during the fall football season this post has ideas to help. This includes a Sports Escape Room and Sports STEM Challenges. One of the challenges is a FREEBIE!

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