## I enjoy teaching, and you can too!

After 35 years teaching upper elementary students, I still love it. What’s the recipe for a long, fulfilling career? To survive, happy teachers organize, plan, and simplify. To thrive, they learn, engage, and dive in. Read on for ideas, tutorials, and inspiration to enjoy teaching.

Brenda Kovich, NBCT

#### ELA

Engage your students with ideas for building genre-based units and targeting specific skills. Yes, you can make standards-based learning fun.

#### Science

Energize science instruction with activities and experiments that kids love. For even more engagement, add related videos, simulations, and STEM challenges.

#### Math

Spark curiosity with hands-on, minds-on learning. When you activate kids’ mathematical reasoning, they can’t wait to come to school each day.

## How to Plan Investigations for Kids – It’s Easy

Plan investigations for kids in your third, fourth, or fifth grade science class. It’s actually pretty easy! All you need to do is control, compare, measure, and replicate. Read on…

## How to Use Models in Science – Examples You’ll Actually Use

How can you use models in science? It’s easy! Diagrams and 3-D representations make meaningful connections for kids. Additionally, you can weave analogies into your teaching. Let’s take a look…

## How to Make Testable Questions for Science

What is a testable question? In fourth and fifth grade science, kids learn that it compares only one variable. Furthermore, it allows them to predict, observe, and measure. (more…)

## Easy Radiation of Heat Activities for Kids

Teaching radiation of heat? Start with simple hands-on experiences. Then discuss characteristics. In this form of energy transfer, heat radiates through the air or space. (more…)

## Teaching Convection with Simple, Hands-on Experiments

Teaching convection of heat? Give kids get hands-on experiences. Start with simple experiments. Then discuss characteristics. In this form of energy transfer, warm air or water rises. (more…)

## How to Teach Conduction of Heat, or Thermal Energy

Figuring out how to teach conduction of heat? Start with hands-on experiments. Then discuss characteristics. In this form of energy transfer, objects must touch. (more…)