Nana’s Halloween Bag of Science Tricks

Priscilla Robinson, Educational Innovationsby:  Priscilla Robinson

Autumn is such a magical time of the year.  Leaves change and landscapes are transformed with flaming red, vibrant gold and jolly orange.  It’s almost magical: pumpkins start to appear on porches and black cats, scarecrows, and goblins stand ready to greet passersby.

Yesterday, as I sat sipping my coffee, transfixed on the seasonal changes of the Portland skyline and surrounding hills, my iPhone awakened with a familiar ring.  It was Henry, my three-year-old grandson in Seattle.

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Spooky Science in the News

For this edition of In the News, we’re sharing some of our favorite reports on creepy bugs, bats and creatures that GLOW… in other words, things that go bump! in the night.

Let’s start with SMALL spooky science stuff:

The American Museum of Natural History has a wonderful web page devoted to the creepiest, crawliest species—for example, the Goblin Spider and the Zombie Ant.  Read on if you dare!

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You Said It! Spooky Science Product Reviews

You Said It! Product Reviews - Educational Innovations NewsletterHalloween isn’t just a great time for tricks and treats… it’s time for spooky science, too!

Halloween brings out the kid in all of us.  Who can resist the fun of pumpkin carving, dressing up as furry monsters, scary ghouls or (dare we say) mad scientists?

At Educational Innovations, we only select science materials that are sure to leave a memorable impression upon your students.   We believe the best way to learn is to have FUN!  And that’s never more true than during the Halloween season.

Read on for a selection of our customers’ rave reviews of some of our favorite spooky science products.

If you have a favorite Educational Innovations product, let us know!  We’d love to share your review with your fellow teachers and science lovers.

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Spooky Science Discussion Starters

Discussion Starters - Educational Innovations NewsletterTalk about sure-fire discussion starters!  Halloween is a prime time for demonstrations that will leave your students dazzled, curious… and maybe just a wee bit scared.  Even your most reluctant learners will be excited to find how what’s going on with these spooky science demos.  What we refer to as “discrepant events,” they might simply call AWESOME!  We like to think of it as going from Wow!! to How??

If you have a favorite spooky science lesson or activity, please share it with us at

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Spooky Science Humor

Science Humor - Educational Innovations Newsletter

Halloween is about tricks and treats, but most of all, it’s about laughs.  For this edition of our newsletter, some of the crew at Educational Innovations decided to get in the holiday mood.  Sure, we’re serious about science but we also love to celebrate this time of year.

You’ll see Anthony, Laurie, Michael, Donna, Ted, David and even our Chief Educational Officer, Tami O’Connor, in some of the funnies below.   Oh, and of course we’ve got Brody, the EI science lab dog.  Can’t forget him!

Why not insert a bit of spooky science humor into your next quiz or homework page?  Extra points for students who guess the right punchlines to our riddles!

If you have a favorite cartoon or joke, insert it below as a comment, or include it in the comments below.

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