But during this long snow day after snow day week, Mrs. Cobb and her mom decided to be innovative with their snow creations. Some inexpensive Glow Bracelets (Dollar Tree – two for a buck!) and some snow-rolling later, and the Cobb lawn was covered with creepy snow creatures with glow-in-the-dark eyes and a scary, smiley mouth! (At least Mr. Cobb won’t have to mow for a while!)
Did I mention that Mrs. Cobb’s mother came over and helped cover the lawn with monsters? Proof:
Mrs. Hackney, you’ve definitely done a good job raising your daughter. I think we know where she got her creative streak, too!
If you’re passing the Cobb lawn and see a swarm of glowing-eyed snow monsters, don’t be afraid. They’re friendly.
I think. Well, what do YOU think?
Maybe I’ll wait until daylight to drop in, Mrs. Cobb.
Science isn’t always about labs and test tubes and chemicals, you know. A lab is any place where experiments are being performed, and a snowy yard where people are experimenting with glow-in-the-dark faces on snow monsters is definitely a lab. Every classroom is a lab. Every kitchen is a lab. Yes, every classroom, and every kitchen. Any place wherein people are laboring in some way is a LABORatory. Working in your yard? You’re working in a lab. You’re LABORING, aren’t you?
Mrs. Cobb’s yard was definitely turned into a laboratory this week. She didn’t know how the Glow Bracelets would work until she experimented, did she?
Do you need ideas for the science fair? Spangler Science has a board for that!
Are you looking for specific grade levels for activities for your students or your own kids? Spangler Science has a board for every grade level, from kindergarten through high school! And of course, science doesn’t really have an age limit, so be sure to browse all our grade level boards!
Spangler Science has a Pinterest board for holidays. Spangler Science has a Pinterest board for math, and literature, and art, and history. Whatever you are looking for, you will probably find on a Spangler Science Pinterest board!
The point here is that Spangler Science Pinterest boards cover pretty much anything you could possibly be seeking for your students and for your own children. And for yourself – our stuff is pretty cool for any age! We have much more than just science – we have EVERYTHING!
Come on over to the Spangler Science Pinterest Boards! What are you waiting for? Many of our boards are interactive, so what’s stopping you from sharing your own stuff with us?
Pinterest is a wonderful way for all of us – teachers, parents, scientists, EVERYONE – to share our ideas.
*Note: This blog post is the opinion of the author and does not reflect the opinions of Steve Spangler Science or it’s affiliates. Also, keep in mind that this is a humorous column and should be read with a light heart and mind.
The smell of 24 newly sharpened pencils is in the air – it must be time for Back to School supply shopping.
It’s an emotional and expensive time of year for parents. Their babies are taking another step towards adulthood – entering a new grade and sometimes even a new school – be it kindergarten, middle school, high school or college.
Don’t forget the added pressure of registration fees, bus passes and so many other expenses flying at parents from all directions.
Add to the todos a complicated list of required school supplies and you have the makings of hurricane mama spinning through the aisles at Target.
Over the years I’ve heard a lot of parents complain about the number of pencils or glue sticks needed or size or materials of notebooks and folders. The question is always WHY? Why so many glue sticks? Why a SAFE-T 12″ View-Thru flexible Inch/CM ruler?
Here’s an example of a real school supply list I found online:
1 Pencil case – Zipper, Mesh pocket, 3 ring for binder
9 Folders – 2 pocket, with fasteners, plastic, no paper – 2 yellow, 2 blue, 2 green, 2 red, 1 purple
1 Markers – Crayola, 8 color pack, thin line (classic colors)
2 Pen – BIC Round Stic, ballpoint, medium point, single (blue)
4 Pen – BIC Round Stic, ballpoint, medium point, single (red)
1 Index Cards – Ruled, 3×5, 100 count
1 Protractor – SAFE-T “View-Thru,” 6″, clear
2 Dry Erase Markers-Expo Low-Odor, 4 bold colors with chisel tip, and eraser
No wonder parents are losing it.
Those plastic, pocketed, 3-prong folders in specific colors are usually the items that drive me to the edge of sanity. How many stores do I have to visit before I can find 1 purple, plastic folder, with prongs and pockets?
Parents have a vision of teachers compiling these lists as they wring their hands and cackle about the torture their new parents suffer in August.
A recent post on People I Want to Punch in the Face vowed tongue-in-cheek revenge on a merciless teacher’s school supply list. The author claims it is a joke, but all parents understand the emotion, stress and general frustrating truth behind it. We’ve all been there.
Teachers can’t possibly choose the 8-crayon packet ($3.99) because they know the 24-crayon pack will be on sale for $0.25 just to spite parents and make them pay more.
Anytime I’ve talked to a teacher about the unattainable treasure on the supply list, they have a suggestion or a replacement. They don’t hold those lists to the letter – the 24 pack of crayons is usually just fine.
Teachers are also facing the stress of pulling together their classrooms and collecting supplies they need but may not have the budget.
Parents stop stressing and complaining over the supply lists. Work with your teacher and compromise. Stop taking the list as the end all vex from teachers to parents. They don’t intend it, I promise.
If you are a teacher, share your thoughts and processes for creating the supply lists. Do you have a say in it? Does the school or ultimately the district that develops these lists? How strict are you with exact supplies?
If you are a parent, share your frustrations and let our teachers know what you are facing out there in the school supply jungle.
Let’s stop complaining and start working as a team.
We are all in this together.
While you do that, I’ll be out hunting down low odor Expo chisel-tipped markers…
Susan Wells is a mom of two girls who are growing up way too fast. She is the Marketing Manager and Blog Editor for Steve Spangler Science. In past lives, Susan has been a social media manager, web developer, web content manager, online news writer, photographer, classical and jazz bass player and live sound technician.
You’ve allowed yourself to be sucked in by the selfie craze… and we LOVE IT!! We are ecstatic that you are enjoying Steve Spangler Science product, so much that you have chosen to include them in your #SpangerSelfie!
Our Spangler Team definitely had a tough time judging all the wonderful selfies that we have received. But we finally came up with the top picks.
Chris Carpec Trinckes‘ crazy conference creations selfie!
Kara Dahlberg‘s colorful Bubbling Concoction selfie!
Isn’t alliteration fun?
Congratulations winners! Now it’s time to get ready for some cool Spangler products to head your way! All winners were notified via email and accepted their prizes.
Much appreciation to everyone who submitted a #SpanglerSelfie! We hope that more of you out there will continue to send and cpost your favorite photos (selfies and standard) of you with your science experiments.