Science Snacks by Exploratorium

Science Snacks are hands-on, teacher-tested activities, and use cheap, available materials. Search for activities for family-friendly snacks, after school snacks, by subjects, A-Z, special collections, or by the Next Generation Science Standards. Satisfy your curiosity without ever getting full. A few examples:

  • Afterimage – After looking at something bright, such as a lamp or a camera flash, you may continue to see an image of that object when you look away. This lingering visual impression is called an afterimage.
  • Penny Battery – Use two different metals and some sour, salty water to create an inexpensive battery.
  • Vortex – Water forms a spiraling, funnel-shaped vortex as it drains from a soda bottle. A simple connector device allows the water to drain into a second bottle.
  • Fan Cart – Build a low-friction cart and explore Newton’s third law.
  • Falling for Gravity – Calculate the acceleration of gravity using simple materials, a cell phone, and a computer to record, watch, and analyze the motion of a dropped object.
  • Wiggle Pressure – Self-rolling pet toys can wiggle around, pushing on objects a lot like air molecules do, modeling many of the behaviors of the molecules in gases.

New Creative Tools in Seesaw

Effective today, June 19th, Seesaw launched their new creative tools making it easier for students to demonstrate their learning in ways that work best for them and it works better than ever on chromebooks too. For iOS, you must update your app and for Android you have to be a little more patient as it is still in development.

Example 1) demonstrate the water cycle by adding multiple pictures over a background, labeling them, and then adding arrows to show the cycle while the student records what they know.

Example 2) Identifying parts of speech by underlining examples, labeling them, and talking through their work.

Example 3) Working out a math word problem with recording your thought process.

Summer PD at LCES on Monday, July 22nd.

AM Session 9-11
PM Session 12-3

Braingenie for Math and Science

Deepen mastery and sharpen problem-solving skills in the learning zone. Brought to you by CK-12, Braingenie embodies common core standards for grades 1-12. Overviews, practice sets, and short explanation videos provide students with the tools needed to succeed.

  • Learnpractice, and quiz yourself on 5,000+ skills.
  • Compete in real-time multiplayer matches.
  • Win badges and go for a top spot on the leaderboard.
  • Sign up now (it’s free!)

As the school year comes to a close, this resource would be good for students to practice in areas of weakness, move on to new skills,
or practice what they’ve already studied for mastery.

Crio by Curriculum Pathways

Imagine, create, and share lessons that inspire students’ natural curiosity. Using Crio’s drag-and-drop editor, transform your lessons into interactive, online resources – for free!

This would make a good alternative option to use within Schoology. Look at this preview of “What are real numbers?” and “Que te gusta comer?” for a glimpse of what Crio looks like.


What are real numbers?, QL #C3294


¿Qué te gusta comer?, QL #C3296

Digital Student Portfolios – Worth the Bother?

10 reasons why implementing digital portfolios like Seesaw and Dojo Portfolios is a fabulous technology initiative to showcase student’s accomplishments and growth over the course of a year.

  1. Showcases all students as learners.
  2. Improves teacher/family communication.
  3. Facilitates better feedback from teacher, family, and/or peers.
  4. Highlights the process of learning and being organized.
  5. Demonstrates progress and growth over time.
  6. Guides students to become self-directed and accountable.
  7. Maximizes formative assessment options.
  8. Recognizes the many ways of being creative and smart.
  9. Advocate for every student.
  10. Work smarter, not harder as a teacher.