Pin-spirational holiday classroom activities

Our Pinterest board is filled with lessons, activities and crafts for the winter holidays (Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa) for any grade and subject matter. Winter STEM challengesFive festive, fun and fabulous STEM challenges![see pin here]13 Hanukkah crafts for kidsFrom DIY menorahs to Hanukkah themed decorations.[see pin here]10 educational holidays craftsThere’s something for everybody. A roundup 10 of our […]

Pinteresting Thanksgiving classroom activities

Gobble, gobble! We’ve put together a feast of Thanksgiving activities and crafts for your classroom. Thanksgiving scienceCollaborative, hands-on activities.[see pin here]Thanksgiving STEM challengesChallenges follow the path of Pilgrims settling in America.[see pin here]Thirsty ThanksgivingAmount of water used to produce Thanksgiving foods.[see pin here]Thanksgiving for older kidsTips for Thanksgiving learning in the upper grades.[see pin here]Letters from the […]

Bridging education research and practice

Great strides are being made in education research. Despite those great efforts by great people challenges persist. In particular, effectively scaling up or replicating successful educational programs proves difficult. The solution to bridging the gap between research and practice is Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR). William Penuel, a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and […]

‘Spooktacular’ Halloween themed pins

Don’t let Halloween lesson planning scare you. We’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a goodie bag full of Halloween-inspired lesson plans to share with your students. It’s messy but the kids will love this erupting pumpkin experiment.[see pin here]Interesting infographic on how countries mark this holiday.[see pin here]A perfect Halloween-themed math activity for upper […]

Top evolution resources

For many K-12 educators, the topic of evolution can be an intimidating one. However, as the foundation of biology, evolution is a crucial subject to address in the science classroom. That’s why the ISP offers educators the resources they need to teach this important topic with confidence. Below is a round-up of some of our […]

Engaging students in exploration

His fans call him Mr. Roco, and he may be the most famous member of the Institute for School Partnership (ISP) team at Washington University. Each week Mr. Roco visits local schools with the MySci Investigation Station, where he is often met with screams from his adoring, or slightly terrified, fans. Mr. Roco is, after […]

A novel approach to engineering

A voice crackles over the intercom, calling for the attention of all engineers in the building. However, the listening ears belong, not to adults, but to the students of Bermuda Elementary in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. The students at Bermuda were about to participate in the first of many all-day builds as a part of an […]

Evolution educators get skills, confidence at WashU’s Darwin Day​​​

The first time a parent told Elizabeth Petersen not to teach evolution, she caved. No, she did not skip Charles Darwin’s concept altogether. But she avoided the “E word,” opting instead for phrases such as “natural selection” and “adaptation.” “That parent intimidated me,” said Petersen, who taught seventh grade science. “I was so shocked, I […]

5 engineering projects we love

To celebration National Engineers Week, we wanted to share our top five engineering projects that are perfect for K-5 students and easily integrated into any science curriculum. Building a windmillSuggested Grade Level: 4th-5thThis engineering project is one of our favorites because it simplifies a complex topic like renewable energy into a project that students can […]

Leading the way in science education

Debbie Spiezio has taught in Rockwood School District for nearly 30 years, and today, her students will learn about the digestive system. However, the curriculum that will guide this lesson was not something that she found online, that her district provided her, or that was written by someone at an education corporation on the other […]