Summer STEM Challenges and Activities

Summer STEM Experiments and Challenges

Summer STEM Experiments and Challenges

Summer STEAM is perfect for cross curriculum learning.

Spend your summer building robots, tornadoes, weather instruments, solar system, boats, levitation devices, magnetic fields, compass, bridges, electromagnets, lava lamps, and so much more.

“STEM Experiments and Challenges” is filled with STEM summer activities and challenges. Written by a teacher, tested by students in classes and camps across the country.

Have a Fun Summer!

Mrs. Lena, M.Ed.

 

 

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Writing Lesson Plans & Selling on TeachersPayteachers.com

 

Become a Top TpT Seller

Become a Top TpT Seller – Writing Quality Lesson Plans that Sell

A little known but important fact is that you don’t have to be a teacher to create lessons and sell them on TeachersPayTeachers.com, but you have to know how to write lessons.

As a curriculum specialist with masters in instructional design, I learned how to write lessons before I learned how to implement them in the classroom. Most teachers learn the other way around. Writing lessons is a skill, learned and refined in graduate school and in the classroom, yet it is not unteachable. All you need to have is willingness to learn and attention to detail.

In the past ten years, I worked with hundreds of students, worked as a math and science curriculum writer, a classroom teacher, and an elementary department head.

“Become a Top TpT Seller” teaches the elements of lesson planning,  creating pre, during, and post lesson activities, what sells on TpT, tips on marketing and posting your lessons, yearly themes, as well as, new emerging technology trends in lesson planning.

Best of luck!

Mrs. Lena, M.Ed., M.A.

Summer Enrichment – Best Chapter Books

Best Summer Reads for Kids in Grade 4-6

Best Summer Reads for Kids in Grade 4-6

Here is a short list of amazing summer chapter books for kids in grades 3-6.

“Bird Lake Moon” by Henkes

“Olive’s Ocean” by Henkes – Newberry Award Winner of 2004

“Turtle in  Paradise” – by Jennifer Holm

“Touch Blue” – by Cynthia Lord – Novel Guide

“The End of the Wild” by Nicole Helget – Novel Guide

“The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick – Novel Guide

“The Way to Stay in Destiny” by Augusta Scattergood – Novel Guide

“As Small As an Elephant” by Jennifer Richard Jacobson – Novel Guide

“The Hundred Dresses” by Eleanor Estes – Novel Guide

 

Novel Guides:

 

 

The Invention of Hugo Cabret Novel Guide

The Invention of Hugo Cabret Novel Guide

“Bird Lake Moon” – by Henkes – Novel Guide

“Olive’s Ocean” – by Henkes – Newbery Award Winner of 2004 – Novel Guide

“Turtle in Paradise – by Holm – Novel Guide

Touch Blue” – by Cynthia Lord – Novel Guide

 

The Hundred Dresses Novel Guide

The Hundred Dresses Novel Guide

“The End of the Wild” by Nicole Helget – Novel Guide

“The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick – Novel Guide

“The Way to Stay in Destiny” by Augusta Scattergood – Novel Guide

“As Small As an Elephant” by Jennifer Richard Jacobson – Novel Guide

“The Hundred Dresses” by Eleanor Estes – Novel Guide

 

Learning Computer Programming This Summer – for all ages
Logo Playground

logoTurtleAcademy.com

Super fun and engaging way to learn programming. Suitable for all ages.

 

 

 

Learning while having fun… Apps

teachme3rdTeachMe:3rd Grade – by 24×7 digital LLC

This app for 3rd graders is ideal during and after the school year. Kids practice spelling, sight words, multiplication, division, fast multiplication and division; earning points and prizes.
What I find the best about this app is the writing part, which kids find a bit frustrating but they all work at it. They start paying attention to their penmanship, which in third grade is still in beginning stages with most students. Summer is a perfect time for the review and this app has all the foundation that they will need in 4th grade. TeachMe: 3rd Grade app does a great job getting kids to mastery of content through a fun and captivating way.
TeachMe: 3rd Grade doesn’t feel like work. You will know that kids really like it, when they repeatedly ask to play it.

Summer Is The Time for Fun and Games

Educational Summer Board Games

Educational Summer Board Games

Summer is the perfect time for children to learn through play. Just as the best world athletes play multiple sports to develop other muscles and abilities, kids need to step away from their desks and worksheets in order to grow their minds with unstructured play and learning. Group games, be it capture the flag, tag, or boardgames develop a multitude of important spatial, analytical, math, and reading skills. All the while have a setting of a perfect no grades, no pressure environment. In addition to academic skills development, group and board games develop executive functioning skills. Executive functioning skills are crucial in children’s academic success. They are skills of self control; being able to wait, being able to follow instruction, being able to cooperate, etc. Skills gained in unstructured play directly support academic success.

Great summer boardgames:

"Sequence for Kids" Mind Board Game

“Sequence for Kids” Mind Board Game

Sequence for Kids: This super fun game builds a number of skills: short term memory, readings, sequence, logical thinking; executive functioning skills, etc.

 

 

Chess Teacher - Perfect Set for the Beginner

Chess Teacher – Perfect Set for the Beginner

Chess Teacher  – Chess is without a doubt one of the best games in the world. Chess teaches kids spatial reasoning, exercises both sides of the brain, develops reasoning and problem solving skills, improves focus, develops and improves analytical reasoning, and the benefits go on and on. This Chess Teacher set is perfect for the beginners since the chess pieces are marked with arrows to teach the player what direction the chess pieces can move.

Summer Reading – Elementary Grades

Picture Books Lesson Plans

Picture Books Lesson Plans

Entering Grades 1 & 2                    

Henkes – Wemberly Worried

Lobel -Frog & Toad

Henkes – Sheila Rae, the Brave

Henkes – Owen

Hong – The Empress and the Silkworm

Demi – The Empty Pot

Dr. Suess- The Lorax

Barton – Shark vs. Train

Lichtenheld – Bridget’s Beret

Lichtenheld – What Are You So Grumpy About

Munsch – The Paper Bag Princess

Henkes – Chrysanthemum

Henkes – Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse                                    

Willems – Can I Play Too?

Williems – Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late

Henkes – Kitten’s First Full Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early Reader Series – by Mo Willems

An Elephant & Piggie Book Series – by Mo Willems

        Summer Reading for Early Readers

For all reluctant and early readers in Kindergarten and First Grade, there is a new series that is more liked than Dr. Seuss books ( I know that this might be hard to believe, but it’s kid tested).

An Elephant & Piggie Book series by Mo Willems is the ideal set of early reader books.
Here are the reasons:

1. There is actually a story line (a really funny and engaging story line).

2. Reluctant readers and boys will every time want to try to read and re-read this series.

3. There is no made up words.

4. It’s filled with sight words, which improves fluency and reading comprehension.

5. The stories teach inference to young readers through the content that they can read on their own.

6. It’s all you need and extra.

Some of the series titles are:                         

I Broke My Trunk”, “Can I Play Too?”, “I Am Going!”…

If your child likes the Elephant and Piggie Series, you should check out

“Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay Up Late” by Mo Willems.

Happy Reading!!!!

Flash Freebie – 4th Grade Math App by Peekaboo

4th grade math Testing App by Peekaboo

4th grade math Testing App by Peekaboo

Flash Freebie4th Grade Math Testing App. Perfect for standardized testing prep. Ideal for parents, teachers, and students.

This app covers: algebra, geometry, critical thinking, order of operations, and word problems.