Fidget Spinners, Physics, and Sir Isaac Newton


by Ted BeyerTed Beyer, Educational Innovations, Inc.

Fidget spinners are the latest fad to sweep, seemingly, the world. Love them or hate them, they are everywhere—on playgrounds, in backyards, living rooms, and even schools, although many schools have banned them as being distractions.  But wait just a minute here!  For once, let’s see if we can’t use a fad to teach something.  You see, there is actually a fair bit of science lurking in those spinney things.

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Join Our Elementary Science Club Today!


Tami O'Connorby Tami G. O’Connor

As elementary school teachers, we are expected to help our students become scientifically literate (among many other things), but let’s face it:  too often we have limited time for science instruction during the school day.  Still, we know that kids just love science!  They’re always eager to learn more about the world around them, especially when the material is taught in fun and creative ways.

But what can we do when our science teaching time is so limited in school?  How do you get students involved in scientific discovery outside the classroom?  Sure, you can give them homework, but many kids find simply reading about science unappealing.  You want your students to LOVE learning more about science… not dread it.

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Fossils and Dinosaurs Discussion Starters


Discussion Starters - Educational Innovations NewsletterIt’s easy to start a discussion about fossils and paleontology:  just ask your students to name their favorite dinosaurs.  Everybody’s got one!

Depending upon the grade(s) you teach, your discussion may revolve around characteristics and classification of specific dinosaurs, the concept of extinction, the field of paleontology, or much more.  We’ve amassed a wealth of links and ideas that we’re sure will help you get your class excited about learning more.  So… start digging!

If you have any ideas for new discussion starters on this topic, you’re invited to share with us in the comments section below.

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Fossils and Dinosaurs Lesson


Lesson - Educational Innovations BlogAt Educational Innovations, we love helping teachers come up with new, exciting ways to explore science topics with their students.  And let’s face it, what child doesn’t love dinosaurs and fossils?

The fact is, there are just so many ways to bring this subject into the classroom that we couldn’t decide on a single lesson that would appeal to all students and teachers.  Luckily, the “interwebs” are chockful of excellent lesson ideas.

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You Said It! Fossils and Dinosaurs Product Reviews


You Said It! Product Reviews - Educational Innovations NewsletterEven the youngest learners love fossils and dinosaurs!  Talking about prehistoric life is a wonderful way to introduce your students to many areas of science:  biology, earth science, geology, evolution, and more.  Read on to hear what our customers are saying about our some of their favorite EI teaching tools.

If you have a favorite Educational Innovations product related to fossils and dinosaurs, we invite you to send us a comment below.  We’d love to share your review with your fellow teachers and science lovers.

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