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Teachers’ Picks: Sci-Time
A playful approach to STEM.
PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
“Botley is a wonderful way to teach the structure of coding in a visual and hands-on format,” says Montana teacher Carla Swenson. He “reinforces that coding requires following and giving rules.” Her third graders “love Botley and ask to use him often!”
Second-grade California teacher Susan Kunze uses Math-Fact-Oh! for small group and math center activities. Her students “were engaged in figuring out the sum of the coins on the solution cards, and solving a variety of problem types.” And, she adds, “some great math discussions happened as students searched for matching amounts!”
“This set is perfect to support STEM lessons about magnets,” says first-grade Georgia teacher Lyssa Sahadevan. And “the variety of magnets makes the set perfect for exploring magnetic force, structured practice, and free play.”
Electro Dough lets you do electricity demonstrations “using colorful and appealing Play-doh,” says Kevin Gallagher, a kindergarten teacher in Seattle. “It can be used with younger grades for demonstration lessons with some student input,” he notes, and “with upper grades for independent study.”
Laura Lai, a second-grade teacher in New York City, used the USB digital microscope for an insect investigation. “It provided a clear, crisp image that let us see the insects up close,” she says. “Students get a livestream observation. This makes it real for them.”
Photos: Adam Chinitz