# Teaching Tips

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## How to Make Testable Questions for Science

What are testable questions? 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

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 in Engineering Design

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

## Defining a Problem with Criteria and Constraints

Defining a problem is the first step in the engineering design process. For kids in third, fourth, and fifth grades, this should include criteria and constraints. Let’s take a look…

## Powerful Photosynthesis and Leaves Teaching Ideas Are Here

Teaching leaves and photosynthesis in fourth and fifth grades can be tricky. Just take it slow and easy. First, teach the basics of cells and chemical reactions. Then move on…