Sleeping Pug

We Are Thankful For… A Good Night’s Sleep

Lauren Cook General

On Nov. 6 we, in the United States, moved to daylight savings time. That means it gets darker earlier as we transition into fall and winter. (Read the Fuddlebrook story, A Change of Season). Shorter days and cool, crisp night air should make for great sleeping weather. But unfortunately for many, sleep is elusive. The science of sleep may be …

Halloween Plus Science Equals One Fun Party

Halloween Plus Science Equal One Fun Party

Lauren Cook General

It’s time to plan the Halloween school party. Talk about a challenge! Many times, these parties can be stressful and nothing more than a chaotic afternoon with a classroom of kids pumped full of sugar. But there is good news. It doesn’t have to be this way. Halloween is a perfect time to incorporate science activities that have been put …

Do You Need a Brain Break?

Do You Need a Brain Break? Restore Focus in Your Classroom

Lauren Cook Teaching Tips

We’ve all experienced it. That time when you look at your students and realize they are not at all focused on what you are trying to teach them. The elbows are falling off tables and the heads bob as many are drifting off into the ever so needed nap. So what do you do? Part of a teacher’s repertoire should …

Teach Science Like A Rock Star

Teach Science Like A Rock Star

Lauren Cook Teaching Tips

An elementary science teaching rock star? Not me! You can teach effectively, excite your students, and have fun yourself if you follow these four steps. First, tell a story the kids can relate to. Density seems abstract taken alone as a concept but floating on water, particularly salt water, is something many children have experienced. Tell a story (with conviction!) …

New Supplies for a New School Year

Time to Check Your Supplies for a New School Year!

Lauren Cook General

Maybe you need to replace some books or supplies that have “wandered off” over time. It’s also time to order your Quirkles or Fuddlebrook Science Journals. Students can reinforce what they’ve learned in each Quirkles or Fuddlebrook lesson through these reflective writing/drawing activities. This assessment tool will help solidify science concepts introduced in each Quirkles and Fuddlebrook book. But that’s …

Splish, Splash…Let’s Have a Water Bash: Five Activities for Outside Water Fun!

Sherry Cook General

Summer is definitely here! It’s the perfect time to entertain with some H2O.  Kids won’t mind leaving the television or other electronic devices behind when water play becomes an option! Five Fun Activities for Water Fun: Homemade Water Slide Supplies: Heavy plastic or camping tarp Garden hose (the hose needs to stay on) Cheap shampoo to make tarp slippery Place …

Red, White & Book: The Science Behind Fireworks

Red, White & Boom: The Science Behind Fireworks

Lauren Cook Fuddlebrook, General

Perhaps this year you’ll get to once again enjoy July 4th celebrations. As you enjoy the show, think how much science is behind that spectacle. People everywhere enjoy the fantastic explosions and the brilliant light displays of fireworks, but there’s a lot happening to make that celebration entertaining. Each firework launched into the sky is a precisely formed assembly of …

Grossed Out Kid

Sweat -and Other Yucky Science!

Lauren Cook General

It’s time to get outside in the warm sun and participate in outdoor fun. In many areas, the extremely warm temperatures and higher humidity can result in a whole lot of sweating! Sweat sometimes is embarrassing and might be smelly, but very necessary! Why is this? What is Sweat? Sweat is a clear, salty liquid produced by glands in the …

Try a Quirkles or Fuddlebrook Book for Free!

Try a Quirkles or Fuddlebrook Book for Free!

Lauren Cook General

Why not add some awesome science to your day with the Quirkles or Fuddlebrook School Science series, two 26-book series and related materials? A great way to integrate literacy and science, the Quirkles introduce ways to excite young children with hands-on science activities, fun alliteration, and whimsical illustrations. Fuddlebrook steps in where the Quirkles leave off—appealing to slightly older children. …

In Honor of our Fur Babies

In Honor of Our Fur Babies… Cat Science Facts

Lauren Cook General

You love them or you hate them. (We happen to be on the love side.) And despite holding court on social media and the internet, that furry creature, the cat, remains elusive. This month we take the attention off our lovable Fuddlebrook Herman Tweed and turn to another of our favorite mammals (read A Family Visit). In honor of our own …