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Amazing Animals & Adaptations

Are your students intrigued by studying about animals? My third graders always loved the animal stories in the basal reader the best. (Yes, we had basal readers and this was in 2013!) One of our favorite stories was about an eccentric old man that visited areas of the woodlands, swamps, bogs, and ... READ the POST

Best Books of August

My favorite books of August are interesting. Two involve airplanes, and most of them involve some kind of traveling. Two are about immigrants and one is a delicious gossipy family drama. And, I also will reveal my most disappointing book of the month. Things We Lost to the Water by Eric ... READ the POST

Easy Ways to Organize for STEM

I have a little peek inside how I organize materials and store things for STEM class! It is rather daunting to think about putting all these materials away- and then being able to find things again or quickly! I thought about that the first year I set up a STEM Lab and I worked really hard that year ... READ the POST

Boating and Pirates, Oh My!

Boating and pirates just seem to fit together and this was a revelation to me- like an 'aha' moment. Why haven't I thought of this before now? I have several different STEM boating challenges and I have some fabulous pirate resources- so let's put them together in a round-up of ... READ the POST

Top Ten Books for Summer

Summer books, beach books, rom-com books, chick-lit books... That is what this post is all about. It just might be one of my favorite genres! Actually, it is not, but I do read one occasionally. This post has some new reads on it for this year and some older books I loved for the last few summers. ... READ the POST

Are You Back to School Ready?

Is back to school ready even a thing? Do you ever really feel prepared for those first weeks? If you are like me you go into your classroom a couple of weeks before school begins and start opening cabinets. That is when we find all those things we should have put away but were too busy and tired ... READ the POST