Ruxz_M-rbu5hJUPoenSULdy6Wzk The Science of My Life: October 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Science Classroom Makeover!

Complete a Shell Science Lab Challenge Application describing (in 3 pages or less) your philosophy of science teaching; the school's current limited laboratory facilities and resources and why they might be classified as "limited"; and an innovative use of limited laboratory equipment and resources you have implemented in your classroom. (See SSLC Application for complete details.)

Grants Available for After-school Programs : Education

This is a chance for local Magic Valley teachers to find out about funding options for their after-school programs.  With a little bit of extra work, teachers have the support to do some really great activities!

Grants Available for After-school Programs : Education

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Great Teacher Opportunity for PBL and AL

I am a fan of field trips, but adventure learning is even better because there is a higher expectation for student learning.  Here is a wonderful opportunity for teachers in the Magic Valley to work with a team at Craters of the Moon.

I wish I could participate, but I hope you do!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Biodiversity Art Contest - Deadline Extended

This came across my radar in my weekly NEON email from NASA.  NEON is an educators' resource tool that NASA coordinates and it is always full of great webinars and activity updates.  This art contest in for students in the 2-4 grades, so I will help my daughter do something this weekend in time for the Nov 5 deadline.

"The World's a Place of Living Things" Art Contest
Students in grades 2-4 are invited to explore biodiversity and create artwork reflecting on what they have learned. Click here for more information. Submissions are due by mail no later than November 5, 2012.

The world’s a place of living things,
From bees to frogs to birds with wings.
Some live in cold places, some swim in reefs,
And don’t forget some have many a leaf!
The world’s a place of living things,
With dots and stripes and lots of rings.
With all this variety we’d like to remind
Every species is one of a kind

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

GREAT Talk about Science and Play on TED!

This is great!  Enjoy!

Cell Day on November 2

I love the free resources available on the NIGMS website (part of the NIH), and I ordered another classroom set of Cell and Genetics booklets for my students today.  While I was on their site, I found a great event coming up in a few days.  They are hosting a Cell Day on Friday, November 2, and they have resources and activities planned for Middle and High School students.  Check it out!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

October is a great month for Science!

This week we have two of my favorite activities on deck.  On Tuesday, Dialogue for Kids will air their monthly episode and the theme is Sound.  Last May we had a great day at the Discovery Center in Boise, and one of the stations taught kids how to "hear" music in their heads.  Right now I am listening to one child read, another play the recorder, and a third practice the flute.  Since it is a Sunday night, I can also hear a football game on TV.  Imagine your world without sound.

On Thursday is the Great Idaho Shake-Out.  At 10:18 AM, you are invited to do an Earthquake Drill at school, work, or home.  I plan to hold a drill at my school, and since I am like a Principal, maybe I can get the teachers to cooperate.  We will see.  Register your group today and then get ready to drop, cover, and hold on!