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10 Best Documentaries for Teaching Social Studies

posted by Melissa | March 24, 2017, 12:43 pm

This week we’re continuing our series on documentaries in the classroom with documentaries for social studies classes. You can find our previous entry on documentaries for science classes on our blog.

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5 STEM Toys for the Elementary Classroom

posted by Melissa | March 22, 2017, 09:05 am

If we want to prepare students for the 21st century, we need to get them interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics), and while good lesson planning will play a part in giving them the knowledge that they need and igniting interest, perhaps more important is what students do in their own time. Play gives students a chance to explore and create without the limits of a formal lesson, and more closely mimics the type of experimenting done by scientists and engineers. To encourage STEM play, teachers should consider having these toys in their classroom.

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How Schools Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

posted by Melissa | March 17, 2017, 03:36 pm

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those unofficial holidays that everyone in the US, no matter their religion or nationality, loves to celebrate. It’s an excuse to wear green, decorate with shamrocks, and talk about leprechauns. So how are schools around the country marking this day? Here’s what schools and teachers said on Twitter about the celebrations at their schools.

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