Go Fish Skunk: A Card Game for Teaching Math

On May 10, 2012, in Differentiation, by Nicole Lantz

Our simple twist on Go Fish creates a natural inclination to ask for pairs of higher numbers to win. Since the student has to count higher once they get a high-value pair, he or she is self-selecting their degree of difficulty when they call out “Do you have a…” Try grouping by ability for your differentiated elementary classroom (Ages 3 to 6).

Video: 1 min of Sky Watchers Weather Learning Stations

On February 29, 2012, in Lesson Plans, Projects, by Nicole Lantz

I think it’s enough to know how easy it was to find smiles, enjoyment, absorption, and animated conversation for this preview. That is the success of these learning stations. 
You can see the value of the educational research that went into them, the carefully chosen instructional strategies, the details. You can see it in the faces.

Take a look.

Walking with Class: Is Single File Limiting your Field Trip?

On May 4, 2011, in General, Nonformal education, by Nicole Lantz

This along-the-way activity is especially good for children who have inadvertently gotten ants in their pants en route to a field trip destination. It also works as a 3-minute energizer in the middle of class – simply do the actions on the spot. From toddlers to preteens, use it with whole classes or, for the eager homeschooler, it is great for one or two.

Museum Exhibits: How to Take Advantage of a Teachable Moment when there is no Teacher

On July 12, 2010, in Nonformal education, by Nicole Lantz

If there is nobody teaching, can you still take advantage of a teachable moment? I’d venture to say yes. I’d even say that when it comes to a museum, you have to. The question is – how do you find them?

4 tips for good facilitation I learned from riding a bike

On May 16, 2010, in How We Learn, by Nicole Lantz

I watched my little guy learn how to ride a bike today. Note that I didn’t say that I taught my son how to ride a bike today. I suppose I can claim I facilitated it, and that’s simply the truth of teaching no matter what the subject.