# Teaching Ideas

You can enjoy teaching. But first, you must survive. How? Just organize, plan, and simplify. Then it's time to thrive. Learn new things. Engage your students. And finally - dive in!

## 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…)

## Stages of the Engineering Design Process -Teaching Fundamentals to Kids

Teaching stages of the engineering design process to kids? Don’t just jump into STEM activities. Instead, provide a clear learning progression. First, introduce each step clearly. Second, give them opportunities…

## Conducting a Fair Test in Engineering Design – What You Need to Know

Conducting a fair test in engineering design? This phase of the process is often overlooked. But kids in third, fourth, and fifth grades should do it! After identifying failure points,…

## Developing and Testing a Prototype – Fundamentals for Kids

Developing a prototype and testing it is the fun part of the engineering design process. Kids in third, fourth, and fifth grades design and build a model. Then they try…

## Generating and Choosing Solutions – Easy Ways to Teach Engineering Design

Generating solutions is the second part the engineering design process. Kids in third, fourth, and fifth grade research and brainstorm. Then they consider criteria and constraints to choose the best…