Chemistry 101 – Acid or Base

I’ve pulled another STEM activity out of my lesson plan files for you this week. This activity gives kids hands on experience in identifying acids and bases. This is my full lesson plan for this class so please excuse the treachery wording. I unfortunately don’t have access to any of the photos that go withContinue reading “Chemistry 101 – Acid or Base”

Insta Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Happy Friday Everyone! I hope you all have had a good week. Here in Oregon we have had sun all week so it’s been easier to get out in to the yard or take a walk during our social distancing. Here is my recipe for BBQ Pulled Pork for the Insta pot. It’s a familyContinue reading “Insta Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches”

Styles of Poetry

There are a lot of different styles of poetry in the world. In celebration of Poetry month here are some short descriptions of just a handful of poetry styles. Maybe you’ll try your hand at writing one. Centro Poem – The word means patchwork in Latin and refers to a poem placed together from linesContinue reading “Styles of Poetry”

Cross Linking STEM Activity Slime

This is another one of my students favorite Chemistry classes, making slime. Cross Linking, The Science Behind  Slime  What’s the science behind the slime? The borate ions in the starch (borax powder or boric acid) mixes with the PVA (polyvinyl-acetate) glue and forms this cool stretchy substance.  This is called cross linking. The glue isContinue reading “Cross Linking STEM Activity Slime”

Insta Pot Orange Chicken

This is a flavor packed recipe. You can adjust the amount of marmalade to your families personal tastes. The first time I made this I put in 18 oz of marmalade and it made my families eyes cross from the orange flavor. I hope you enjoy the recipe. Orange Chicken Insta Pot 3 Chicken BreastsContinue reading “Insta Pot Orange Chicken”

April is Poetry Month

That’s right, April is Poetry month. Time to get your poetry on. Usually for Poetry month I would suggest all the poetry reading events, slam poetry, open mic poetry nights your city has to offer. But with the current state of the world with social distancing all the places that traditionally hold these events areContinue reading “April is Poetry Month”

Smashwords Author’s Give Back Sale

With everything that is going on in the world Smashwords author’s wanted to give back to their readers. As one of those author’s I wanted you all to know about. From now until April 20th thousands of titles are deeply discounted or free on the site. Please come on by and see all the titlesContinue reading “Smashwords Author’s Give Back Sale”

Making Something from Nothing Activity

During this time of no school and social distancing, I dove into my STEM enrichment materials to give you an activity that will get your kids creativity flowing and build something from nothing. Below is my lesson plan I wrote for my enrichment. It is part of a bigger class Inventors Workshop so please excuseContinue reading “Making Something from Nothing Activity”

I didn’t mean to take a six year hiatus from writing

I didn’t mean to take a six year hiatus from writing, I really didn’t. But as you know, life gets in the way of living sometimes. In reality I haven’t written fiction in six years. I have been writing lesson plans for my enrichment classes, which have been really fun. But it isn’t quite theContinue reading “I didn’t mean to take a six year hiatus from writing”