Books Take You Where You Have Never Been

I love the quote on the opening of this month's set of book reviews. I have always picked up a book to get away from stress or problems or boredom. Nothing is better.

Now, I must confess I actually took the photo on the quote below! About two years ago my husband and I traveled to Maine and spent many hours driving from lighthouse to lighthouse. That photo looks like a postcard! It was just as beautiful when we were standing across the water from it. If you have never been to Maine- add it to your bucket list!

This month's set of books are some of my favorites of the year. I listened to three of them and will highly recommend that you do the same. Here are some profound books for you to think about reading!


5 Things to Think About with Building Bridges

One of the very first structures I ever built with kids was a bridge. This was many, many years ago when I was the Science Club sponsor. At one of our club meetings, I gave students some spaghetti strands (uncooked), some tape, and a cup of pennies. Their task was to build a bridge that would hold the pennies.

Who knew that one day I would be standing in a STEM Lab, looking around, trying to decide what on earth to do with multiple classes?

STEM Challenges- this post features tips and ideas for using bridge building challenges at five grade levels. #elementary #STEM #teachersareterrific


How Pom-Poms Saved the Day

Ah, yes! The Great Pom-Pom Challenge!

But, did it start out to be a pompom? Well, no. The test class used marshmallows. The tiny ones.

And, yes, in case you were wondering, the tiny marshmallows are just as sticky as the big ones.

So, something had to save the day, right?

STEM Challenge- Build a catapulting device that will propel a pom-pom through the air. This blog post and details and tips! #teachersareterrific #STEM #elementary


Everything You Need to Know About Bottle Cars

Not too long ago I was asked some questions about this amazing STEM challenge and I started searching for a blog post to recommend. Well, oh my goodness, I could not find where I have ever written very much about Bottle Cars!

So, let's do it! I hope I can convince you to try this challenge.

STEM Challenge- This one is about racing Bottle Cars. This will challenge your upper elementary students. #STEM #teachersareterrific #elementary


Here's Why You Need to Tackle Space Topics

To be honest there are several reasons we need to teach space topics! But first, a story...

When the movie Apollo 13 was showing in theaters our children were 8 and 11. We decided to take them to see the movie as a way to learn some history of the space program. At that time they both had knowledge that astronauts had been to the moon, but all they had seen in the news was coverage of the space shuttle program. 

We watched that movie on the edge of our seats! Y'all it was pretty suspenseful and I knew the outcome! We enjoyed the movie so much, but here is the thing I remember. As we left the theater my daughter (age 8) said, "I was so scared they were going to die."

Worst mom ever award for me! I should have assured both children that the movie would have a good ending. I knew the history. They did not. 

The history is the number 1 reason we should teach about space!

Here are some fabulous ways to save you time while your students are studying space topics. This includes an escape rooms, task cards, and reading resources. #teachersareterrific #STEM #escaperoom #elementary

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