STEM- Elementary Flubber Lesson with Georgia Standards

DON"T FORGET TO visit us on STEM lesson plan flubber It has been so fun to travel to the Elem schools lately and make flubber.  The students from grades Pre-K4 to 5th grade are learning about making hypotheses, asking scientific questions, and the 3 states of matter. Some of the gifted students amazed me with their use of transparent, transluscent and opaque.  We also learned the word polymer!  The recipe for the Flubber- a fun polymer! Step 1 and 2 can be done in advance and combined at any time for the final step. Step 1- prepare borax solution Dissolve 3 tables...
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STEM lab- can you “paint” macaroni?

The kids wanted to make macaroni sculptures which we do a lot during the winter. We water down glue and stick the macaroni together in all kinds of shapes. Sometimes we use peanut butter instead of glue and then coat them in birdseed and hang them in the yard. This time- they wanted to "paint" them. Since maracorni will dissolve in water based paint, I had to use some of my sciency skills. We used 90% rubbing alcohol ($1 for a bottle at any drug store) and added food coloring in different colors. They had a ball and worked for hours on their art. They also learned a valuable le...
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STEM outreach – Snap Circuits

Snap Circuits are a cool way to help kids from 8-108 learn all about the scientific method and developing and performing experiments. At our house, we love to learn about science stuff and we are also big on recycling and green technology so the Alternative Green Energy kit was the best fit for us.   We have had such a great time making a solar powered fan, a water wheel and a solar powered radio. Recently we added a motion detector   and a flying saucer You can expand it exponentially to add all kids of parts and pieces. They have kits for classrooms too. They are sturdy, f...
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STEM outreach- Bug Podz

Backyard Safari makes such cool contraptions for kids to investigate nature and bugs. This cool item here is called a Bug Podz Habitat. Reed is showing off his first resident caterpillar. The pod habitat runs about 20 dollars. They have them at Kohl's and other major retailers but I am partial to Amazon since I get good deals and free shipping! Combine the Bug Podz with some other cool backyard safari tools like the Cool Bug Vacuum and the Creature Peeper   and you are guaranteed a summer full of fun!
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STEM books for Elementary Educators or even parents!

The following are some great resources for educators and parents who are looking for quick and easy science experiments.  The links will take you to Amazon becase that is where I have found the books to be the cheapest.  You can also find them at major booksellers, if you would rather go that route.  I find that Amazon really suits my busy lifestyle as a teacher and a mom!  After all, if you spend $25, you get free shipping...and with gas as high as it is....I figure since it would cost me about $5 to drive to the book store to spend 15 or 20 bucks....I might as well spend $25 and have it ship...
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STEM- Elementary Ecosystem in a Bottle Lesson with Georgia Standards

CLICK  on this link-----> Ecosystem in a Bottle Elementary level lesson plan for the lesson plan with Georgia Standards! Basic Instructions: Obtain a 2 liter bottle Rinse the bottle with water.  Save the top, you will need it! Have a parent help you cut the bottle so that the top section will come apart from the bottom Add 1 1/2 to 2 inches of soil in the bottom of the bottle Add enough water to make the soil wet but not so much that it is runny or the soil is floating.  If you add too much- just pour the extra out. Add some seeds of your choice.  Beans, peas and...
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