Category Archives: Classroom Activities

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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Halloween STEM Project: Reverse Engineering Flashlights

Reverse engineering flashlights: A Halloween hit! With most of the Memorial School’s third graders turning themselves into ghouls, fairies, and superheroes tonight, the third grade teachers and I recognized a perfect opportunity to integrate some STEM and safety into their … Continue reading

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Mining for Chocoate Chips: A Model for STEM Integration

Third graders hovered over their chocolate chip cookies, paperclips, toothpicks, craft sticks in hand. I counted down, “three… two… one… GO” but not a single child grabbed their cookie. Instead they began to furiously pick, prod, and poke with their … Continue reading

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How Much Does the Gray in an Elephant Weigh? Supporting Science Practice through Children’s Literature

¬†One of my favorite storybooks as a child was, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.” As a youngster, its imaginative storyline and humorous illustrative details kept me pouring over the pages and reaching for it again and again. Over the … Continue reading

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Mirrors and Mazes (and Maps!)

The classroom was shrouded in darkness except for beams of light criss-crossing the room. All around students were abuzz with excitement. “Aim the mirror this way! Put the flashlight over here! Do you think it will work backwards?” With students … Continue reading

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