Freebies for Science Teachers

The National Science Teachers Association is a great source for free materials and lesson ideas for the classroom. Updated regularly, the NSTA website provides a wealth of interesting activities, graphics, booklets, and more for all ages!   The most recent resources listed include an activity that will teach students in grades 6-8 about the impact […]

Get Ready for Nutrition Month in March

Get Ready for Nutrition Month In March! What are your plans for Nutrition Month? Go beyond the worksheets and books about healthy eating and take your class on a field trip in the aisles of your local grocery stores. Field Trip Factory offers a number of free trips across the United States and Canada that […]

The Geo-Inquiry Process with National Geographic

In today’s complex, interconnected world, it is more important than ever that students understand how nature and society work together. National Geographic is encouraging students to build the same skills geographers use to study the world, to better understand how their world, through a process called geo-inquiry. The geo-inquiry method is multi-disciplinary, project-based, experiential, and […]

Bring Real-World Experiences to the Classroom

Helping students make real-world connections with the material they are studying brings a level of engagement that just can’t be found in a typical lecture or textbook. When students connect what their learning in school with what is going on in the world or in their own lives, they take ownership over learning about the […]

Class Pet Grants Still Available for This School Year

Are you considering bringing a pet into your classroom? A furry gerbil or mysterious gecko can teach the kids in your class responsibility for meeting the needs of others, increase self-esteem, and encourage nurturing. To help classes benefit from caring for a pet, the Pets in the Classroom organization is providing grants to all teachers […]

Healthy Holiday Tips & Recipe

Pies, cookies, rich foods, and holiday treats go hand-in-hand with the holidays. But just because it is the hap, happiest time of the year, doesn’t mean we throw out a balanced diet. Here are a few tips from some top nutritionists appearing on The Greatist website for staying healthy this holiday, followed by a great […]

Finding Ways to Give Back

Many people think of others during the holidays, looking for ways to give back to more than just family and friends, but those in need locally and around the world. If you are looking for a class service project or ways to involve the entire family in giving back, check out these websites. Visit the […]

Two Free Experiential and Active Learning Webinars

Erin Buhr, the author of the book Little Walks, Big Adventures: Meaningful Field Trips with Young Children talks about the importance of field trips and how to make them meaningful for students ages 15 months to 9 years old. Buhr provides ideas for field trips for young students, tips for how to organize and prepare […]

How to Foster Youth Civic Engagement

In just weeks, U.S. citizens will go to the polls to exercise their right to vote. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, just over 46 percent of people age 18-29 voted in the 2016 Presidential election. This age group had the lowest voter turnout, which is typical in previous elections, too. Civic engagement among young […]

October – National Field Trip Month

This National Field Trip Month we take a moment to celebrate experiential learning! Trips to the science center, the farm, or the zoo are among our most memorable times in school. Field trips are a chance to engage students in their own learning, increase retention of ideas, and for students to connect with their communities. […]