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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Halloween Writer's Workshop: Common Core Aligned

Persuasive Writing 

Building Vocabulary by 

Building strong descriptive writers

Yummy opinion writing!

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Fall/ Halloween STEM Projects


CSI Mystery Project

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Connecting STEM Projects to 
Real World Problems
Great projects and lesson ideas to actively engage students in real world challenges that face today's scientists and engineers.

Start Thinking Like A Scientist
Have a discussion with your students about what scientists do and then create a classroom poster!
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A FREE printable that students can attach inside their science notebooks to remind them that they are scientists too!

Discuss & Display 
The Engineering Design Process

STEM Classroom Packages
Get Organized!
Check out the editable STEM packages for interactive notebooks, bulletin boards, "I Can" strips, focus walls 
and much more! 
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Celebrate Student Success
Easy printable brag bracelets...

Students Create Their Own Engineering Firm
I designed an editable PowerPoint "Engineering Firm" package 
for a fun and engaging group work project!


More Resources!

Visit My YouTube Channel...STEM Videos

Visit My Pinterest Board for more STEM PROJECTS

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated instruction is a tool to help each and every child succeed.  By understanding each student's background, strengths and weaknesses teachers can create a classroom environment, plan lessons and design centers/ work stations that meets the needs of all learners.  This blog post is dedicated to providing inspiration and support as you build a student- centered classroom community.  I love all of your messages!!  If you have any questions or suggestions, simply message me anytime!


"Start with the end in mind"
How to Create Standards Based Assessments
that will guide your instruction and classroom environment to 
meet the needs of all your students!

Student Data Binders
How To Get Started & Stay Organized

Setting Up A Student Centered Classroom
With Common Core Aligned Work Stations/ Centers

Technology As A Tool for Differentiation
Using technology in your classroom and at home is a great way to differentiate instruction.  Here is a survey for your students to fill out with their parents.  This will give you a sense of what is available to them at home and their prior experience.

Genius Hour
I just love the idea of setting aside time that is dedicated to empowering student-driven research and project development.  Students take their individual passions and dig deeper!  

Full of classroom ideas & resources 

Full of classroom ideas & resources

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