Some Parts of Books Stay with You Forever (Book Reviews)

There are, occasionally, books that are so profound that I reread the details and love the characters and don't want the book to end. Aren't those the best?

This month's selections have that profound quality. They are all are mesmerizing, some made me angry, some made me laugh out loud., and one is just tragic.


The Windy Month of March

The longest month of the year is March.

I know many of you think it is January or May. But I think it's March.

For my school system, March is the month of Spring Break, which is typically the third week of March. Those first two weeks last forever. Then you have a week-long break.

Then you come back to school and it's still March.

If this is true for you, too, let me see if I can help you with a few engaging activities to weather this windy month!

Let me see if I can help you with a few engaging activities to weather this windy month!


Everything You Need to Know about Using Cardboard in STEM

There are two materials we use in STEM class every day.

Cardboard and masking tape. 

Mind you, the cardboard can be card stock or brown cardboard or even foam board. The masking tape is a heavy duty, very sticky brand that works well. We prefer thin tape.

So, you would have to think that we (I mean, myself and the students) have mastered these two materials. We should be experts by now, right?

Well, a little. Let's see if we can share some tips with you!

Tips and tricks for using cardboard in STEM class. This post includes close up views of 3-D models of cardboard techniques and how to make them. Create your own Cardboard Techniques poster using these tips!


The Best STEM Tower Ever!

Without a doubt, this little challenge is one of the best ever! It's super simple and amazingly complex.

I know, oxymoron, right? Let me explain!

The simplicity is for you since the challenge uses one material. The complexity is for the students because this challenge is not easy for them. Oh, they think it will be, but it turns out to be frustrating.

Trust me- there will be groaning.

This STEM Tower Challenge is one of the easiest to prepare and the most challenging to complete! It's a perfect challenge to get all kids involved in problem-solving and practicing perseverance.


Just How Much Popcorn Do You have?

If you have students that struggle with understanding volume - this is the challenge for you! Especially with my third graders, it is so hard to help them visualize the meaning of volume. 

One thing I have tried is to tell them to think about placing a fence around the outer edge of the classroom. That would be perimeter. Think about putting carpet in the classroom. That would be the area. Now, fill the room with water like a swimming pool. That is volume.

This Popcorn Challenge will help understand that concept even better because it is hands-on!

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