Naturally Teaching

An elementary teacher science blog

Read this article to learn about reusing recyclables to make 10 different science tools for your elementary classroom
Read this list to find books about how butterflies grow to read to your students
Read this article to learn about reusing recyclables to make 10 different science tools for your elementary classroom
Reusing Recyclables: 10 Science Tools to Make for Students

Reusing recyclables to make science tools could be the difference between your students repeating scientific information and actually understanding it. Let me give you an example: one day I was coaching a 3rd grade teacher on how to use mineral testing kits that I brought for her students to try. The school had textbooks about […]

Read this list to find books about how butterflies grow to read to your students
How Butterflies Grow: 8 Picture Books About Butterfly Life Cycles

Butterflies are a hot topic for students and teaching about how butterflies grow can be a great way to tie their interests into the standards. If your district uses the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), 3rd graders are supposed to “develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have […]

Read this list to find books about the moon, sun, and eclipses to read to your students
12 Stellar Books About the Moon, Sun, and Eclipses

Are you looking for a way to get ready for the upcoming solar eclipse or to get a better understanding of the moon and sun? Picture books are an amazing way to learn about the world and can be an invaluable tool for introducing children to scientific skills and concepts. This list of books about […]

Read this interview to learn about the conservation implications for using a raising butterflies kit in your elementary classroom
A Raising Butterflies Kit for the Classroom: A Conservation Conversation

If you’ve thought about adding a raising butterflies kit to your list of activities this year, you’ll want to read this article first! While these kits have great reviews and many teachers praise their benefits in the classroom, there’s a bigger picture to consider. I had the opportunity to interview Jenn Kirts and Michelle Fournier […]

Read this list to find St Patty's Day books about science to read to your students
A List of 10 St Patty’s Day Picture Books About Science

Are you looking for a way to spice up your St Patty’s Day celebrations while also getting the most out of your day? Picture books are an amazing way to learn about the world and can be an invaluable tool for introducing children to scientific skills and concepts. This list of St Patty’s Day picture […]

Read this list to find maple syrup books to read to your students
Tapping Into Learning: 15 Maple Syrup Books for Elementary Science

Picture books are an amazing way to learn about the world and can be an invaluable tool for introducing children to scientific skills and concepts. This list of maple syrup books includes 15 titles that can help with your weather units, photosynthesis studies, and your water cycle units.  By reading some of these books to […]

Read this guide for alternative Valentine's Day party ideas including activities, snacks, and crafts
Beyond Hearts and Cupids: A Guide to Alternative Valentine’s Day Parties for Elementary Teachers

Planning a fun and engaging classroom celebration poses a unique challenge for elementary teachers, unless you decide to plan an alternative Valentine’s Day experience for your students. In this guide, we’ll transform your Valentine’s Day party into an educational experience, exploring engaging activities and creative crafts that align with your science curriculum. Let’s redefine classroom […]

Read this guide to about winter gear for your students to use during outdoor education time
Winter Gear Wisdom: A Practical Guide for Elementary Outdoor Education

Delving into the realm of winter gear for outdoor learning, elementary teachers often find themselves facing the challenge of ensuring their students are adequately dressed for the season. This guide aims to unravel the complexities surrounding winter gear, ensuring students are well-prepared and enthusiastic about outdoor learning during the winter season. What is the weather […]

Read this guide to learn tips to use "Over and Under the Snow" with your elementary students
“Over and Under the Snow” by Kate Messner: Teaching Animal Adaptations

Step into the enchanting world of Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, where winter unveils the secrets of animal survival. This article explores the fascinating narratives of creatures above and below the snow, unraveling the mysteries of their adaptations. Whether you’re a teacher looking to enhance your classroom with lessons on animal adaptations […]

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