All tagged Read Alouds

3 Ways to Get Started with STEM at the Beginning of the Year

The first lessons you teach set the tone for the rest of the year in the classroom!

During the first week of school, your schedule should include a mix of teaching procedures and expectations as well as building a strong classroom community.

Unfortunately, introducing procedures and practicing them again…and again…and again…and again…gets boring for both teachers and students.

Our Favorite Back to School Read Aloud STEM Challenges

The lessons you teach at the beginning of the year are crucial for laying the foundation and setting the tone for the rest of the school year.

STEM challenges are the best way to begin building classroom community and teamwork. They also create a classroom environment where mistakes and failures are valued and viewed as learning opportunities.

The best part is, students LOVE them!

The Best STEM Challenges for the End of the Year

Congratulations, you have made it to the end of the year! Now what?

If your end of the year experience is anything like mine was then you may be running out of curriculum to teach, classroom management strategies, and possibly even energy and patience!

Now is the perfect time to incorporate hands-on projects and cooperative activities that will keep students motivated and engaged in learning up until the last day of school.

The following are our top 8 end of the year STEM challenges.

Four End of the Year Read Alouds and STEM Challenges Your Students will Love

What are you teaching at the end of the year?

"Make" memories with your students and keep them engaged up until the last day of school with STEM!

Create a cereal box memory book to help students process the "last day blues", engineer an amazing treehouse, learn about the Chicago World's Fair and make a Ferris Wheel, and unleash the creativity of your students as they imagine, design, build, and write about their dream house using Geometry and 3D Shapes!

The following are our top 4 STEM read alouds and activities to engage students at the end of the year.

Growth Mindset Read Alouds

Have you ever heard any of these comments from you students?

"I'm just not good at math" 

"I'll never be good at reading."

This type of thinking emerges from a fixed mindset. A fixed mindset is the belief that our intelligence, abilities, and talents are fixed traits that are out of our control.

On the other hand, a growth mindset is the belief that through hard work and perseverance our intelligence, abilities, and talents can be developed. 

First Week of School Read Alouds

It's a fact..teachers love books! Discovering new read alouds is always an exciting adventure. The following are my favorite first week of school read alouds. Most of these titles have lesson ideas that go along with them. You can find the coordinating lesson plans and activities in our First Week of School Lesson Plans resource.  

For a break down of how these books can be used to jump start a successful first week of school be sure to download our FREE First Week of School Schedule!