Category Archives: Classroom Activities

Developing an Understanding of Light Energy through PhET Models

“Light moves in the form of waves” and is “reflected, refracted, and absorbed” are all traditional statements of light energy that become staples of assessment for student understanding. But whether students can apply this understanding is a big question. The NGSS … Continue reading

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Balancing Bird: The Perfect Stocking Stuffer Science Phenomena!

This year’s holiday giveaway from the Science Center not only makes for a fun stocking stuffer, but is a gateway toward exploring the science phenomena of forces and balance with your kids or students. The “Balancing Bird” is very affordable, a … Continue reading

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Exploring and Modeling Matter Phases and Changes

After some success last year with Mrs. Vissochi’s class and matter changes, it was apparent that more time had to be dedicated to understanding matter phases and how to model matter before such learning. So this year, Mrs. Finn opened … Continue reading

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Snow Day Science

Over the past month I had the pleasure of collaborating with Sarah Pottieger, the “Busy Minds” column writer for Scholastic’s Parent and Child Magazine. Today I received a copy of their December/January issue in the mail including the fruits of our … Continue reading

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Engaging Students in SummerSTEM: Programming and Robotics

Today marks the end of a wildly successful pilot of the Burlington Programming/Robotics SummerSTEM camp, spawned after the well received “hour of code” earlier this year by me and Francis Wyman’s IT Specialist, Ben Schersten. With the focus on learning … Continue reading

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Explore Light and Color with these iPad Apps

iPads are quickly making their way into the hands of our Burlington students at the elementary grades. There are some great educators across the district putting these devices to work in ways that allow students to capture their understanding and … Continue reading

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Moon Phase Patterns and the Morning Meeting Calendar

I visit lots of elementary classrooms over the course of a year. Often I find myself checking out the “Pattern Calendar,” a daily part of the classroom’s morning meeting where students or the teacher add the date to the calendar … Continue reading

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