Three Ways to Celebrate Astronomy Day

“The purpose of life is the investigation of the Sun, the Moon, and the heavens.”  ~ Anaxagoras, Philosopher   April 21, 2018 is Astronomy Day! Astronomy Day focuses on sharing the joy and excitement of astronomy with the general population. It’s sort of a “Bringing Astronomy to the People” day. On Astronomy Day, thousands of…

Five Things To Do at the Math NCTM Conference

Come join us for the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) Annual Meeting and Exposition April 25-28, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Join thousands of your mathematics education peers at the premier math education event of the year! Network and exchange ideas, engage with innovation in the field, and discover new learning practices that will…

Food Trends + Super Foods = Fun Eating!

According to QSR Magazine, consumers are implementing trends in their own lifestyles and want to see them reflected on restaurant menus. In response, chefs are creating more items in-house and turning to global flavors for inspiration. One thing that has been true for the past few years is that consumers are going back to healthy…

Is Forensic Science for You?

Most of what we know about Forensic Science is in the form of the CSI TV show: they come in, sprinkle powder for fingerprints, do a DNA swab, and boom! They catch the perpetrator. But forensic science is so much more than that. Forensic investigators fall under two main categories: forensic scientists and crime scene…

Keep Skills Sharp with Smart Starts

A brand new tool has been created to encourage students to keep ahead in reading, writing, and math, both during school and summer breaks. Nasco’s Smart Start Kits reviews what the student learned the previous year and takes them into what they will be learning the next year. Created for grades kindergarten through fourth grade,…

Nasco Supports National Autism Awareness Month

Please join Nasco Education in support of National Autism Awareness Month during April. We are proud to join educators everywhere in promoting autism awareness, autism acceptance, and to draw attention to the growing numbers diagnosed with autism each year.  Nearly a quarter of a century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote…

The Fast Food Blues

We all eat fast foods now and then – we all stop for a quick burger or a soda on our way to and from all the places we visit. It’s quick, easy, and tastes good. But considering eight out of 10 Americans eat fast food at least once a month, it’s important to know what…

Give Your Students a (Sensory) Break

With all the running around adults do, it is often said that adults need a “sensory break” now and then. Well, children need sensory breaks now and then, too. Just as adults need a break from the grind of the work day, students of all ages need a mental break from the pressures of ……

58th Annual WPS Farm Show

For more than five decades, the WPS Farm Show has provided an opportunity for the agricultural community to check out the latest farming equipment, machinery, tools, and services. This year, the 58th Annual WPS Farm Show will take place March 27-29, 2018, at the EEA Grounds in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Nasco is an active part of…

Get Your School Garden Going

School gardens are a growing phenomenon across the country. From tiny plots to larger sections of school grounds, gardening provides educators a way to enhance education through practical, hands-on, reality-based learning. School gardens are a chance to show students of all ages the responsibilities and enjoyment of growing their own food. According to kids Gardening,…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

To most in America, Saint Patrick’s Day celebrates the Irish and their traditions by parades, music, shamrocks, and green beer. But are we celebrating true traditions or a fluffy version? Here are myths and truths about this favorite day: First off, the patron saint of Ireland was actually born in Scotland in the late 4th…

Ten Pieces of Pi

Pi Day is a Math Holiday held on March 14th or 3-14 in tribute to the common 3.14 approximation for pi. The pi constant represents the ratio between the circumferences of a circle to its diameter. It is represented by the Greek letter “π” and is a number of extreme usefulness and intrigue in science and engineering. What…

Animal Assisted Therapy for Seniors

There is a growing movement in senior housing centers and retirement homes to increase animal/patient interactions for health and wellness benefits. This means not only bringing in live pets to visit, but also giving senior patients a stuffed cat, dog, or other animal to hold and keep. Pet therapy for seniors, also known as Animal…

The Story of MyPlate

Once upon a time there was a little round plate that was divided into four colorful sections with a little round circle on its upper right shoulder. This little plate had no idea why someone would unevenly divide it’s smooth, round surface. Then it learned why. The purpose of MyPlate is to promote messages based…

12 Tips on Picking a Preschool

Prechool is a very big step for a small child. It’s a new world full of strange adults and lots of other kids. It may seem like a lot of fun to grownups, but for first time children is can be environmental overload. It’s important to be supportive of your child both before and after…

March is Youth Art Month!

March is Youth Art Month! Youth Art Month is a celebration of the visual arts, linking more than 800,000 K-12 students and over 200 art educators all across America to the exciting and creative world of art. Student exhibitions, public artworks, art festivals, and school events raise awareness and support of the visual arts to local…

Warm Ups and Cool Downs

Whether it’s kids or adults, none of us ever seem to have enough time to stretch and warm up before we work out or play sports. We’re in good shape, we say. Our kids play sports every day ‑ they’re young and healthy. Why bother to stretch a little before or after? According to multiple…

I Want to Be a Scientist

I Want To Be a Scientist. This is a phrase thrown around by children all the way up to high school or college. But what does becoming a scientist entail? Most desires of a career at a younger age are reflections of situations around them, influences from friends and family, and outside stimuli such as…

Cool Math Facts

The science of Math may be one of the more demanding subjects to learn, but it is also a world full of strange facts and discoveries. Here are some cool and amazing facts about Math complements of C. Bhaskar, Professor of Mathematics. Take a look and see if you recognize any of these truisms: Notches…

The Future of Farming

When you wonder about the future of farming, do you picture wall-to-wall fields of grain spreading across the land to the horizon? If so, think again. The challenge of how we will feed the population of the future is a hi-tech challenge, one that farmers are meeting on a daily basis. Future farms will be…

St. Valentine’s Day Is Near!

We all know how Americans celebrate St. Valentine’s Day: flowers (usually roses), candy, valentines in the form of cards or store-bought messages of friendship, and stuffed animals (mostly teddy bears). It is a day to say “I Love You” or something similar. Historical details are murky, as three different Valentines existed and may have been…

The Need For Home Economics Classes

When you think of Home Economics, you probably think of sewing appliques and baking cupcakes. These classes originally acted as a bridge during the 20th century for women to enter into institutions of higher education and later into the work force. Today, however, Home Economics classes are so much more. The curriculum has changed nearly beyond recognition….

Get Your Thoughts Out With Journaling

Journaling is one of the easiest tools parents and teachers have at their disposal to encourage the development of writing skills. A journal can be used to recount daily activities, thoughts, and feelings about those activities. For children who have a hard time expressing their needs verbally or making decisions about things, keeping a journal…

Do You Know Your Art?

Art comes in many styles and forms. According to the Encyclopedia of Art, quite a few styles and forms. How many of these do you know? Animation Art Derived from the Latin meaning “to breathe life into” animation is the visual art of creating a motion picture from a series of still drawings. Architecture      …

Infants and Toddlers Love Reading Too!

In today’s society it’s more important than ever to prepare young children to read. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children introduced to reading early on tend to read earlier and excel in school compared to children who are not exposed to language and books at a young age. Beginning from birth, reading, rhyming,…

The Science of Optical Illusions

Theres an artcle going around the intrnet that pointz outthat wrds don’t have two be speled correctly n order too be understd. With txting and instant messagng, much ov the world becoms en illusion. Bad grammar and sloppy typing aside, there is something to be said about illusions. They make us think; they make us…

Learn About Special Education

What is the world of Special Education? How has it changed? Nasco asked Special Education Category Manager Wendy Lucht several pertinent questions about the evolution of Special Education and the challenges teachers face. What exactly is Special Education? According to the Council for Exceptional Children, “The particular function of special education within the schools (and the…

Three Reasons to Get Kids Moving

There is no doubt that with the dawning of technology it is tempting to spend more time in front of the computer than outside playing. Most students have gym class every day, but is that enough to keep kids healthy? Fortunately, after-school physical activities are available at nearly every school. From soccer to track and…

Have You Considered Turning Your Computer Lab into a STEM Lab?

There has been a growing movement throughout schools to turn their old-fashioned computer labs or seldom-used shop rooms into STEM labs. While the decision is an individual one from school-to-school, it is worth thinking about. STEM education focuses on promoting creativity and exploration in the learning process. As Douglas Ferguson explains in Transforming Computer Labs…

Don’t Let Math Be Confusing!

Math can be a confusing subject. Even those who love numbers may get hung up on technicalities. Nasco has the perfect solution for when your students get stuck – Free PDF MathWorks Lesson Plans!  Teachers just like you have created many of our lesson plans. They have discovered an easier way to grasp math concepts…

E-Procurement — An Economical Way to Shop

What is E-Procurement? The Business Dictionary defines e-procurement as “the use of the Internet or a company’s intranet to procure goods and services used in the conduct of business. An e-procurement system can streamline all aspects of the purchasing process while applying tighter controls over spending and product preferences.” That may sound like a stiff…

Is A Professional Organization For You?

You are finally in the position you have trained for. Your schedule is full and your learning curve is still rising. Is it time to join a national association in your field? There are professional organizations in every field. But are the yearly dues worth it to join? While each and every organization is different,…

Flexible Seating Part III — The Results

Guest Blog by Shauni Sawchuck Now I know you are all dying to know if this whole flexible seating craze really works. What you need to understand is, it is and will always be a different environment to work and teach in. Things will have to change, and that is not a bad thing. Classroom…

11 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s — Teacher Style

New Year’s resolutions come and go. We make resolutions; we try to keep them, yet we often come up short in finishing them. But sometimes just thinking about resolutions for the New Year creates changes in the way we think and act. So here is a complication of New Year’s resolutions from across the Web…

Can the 12 Days of Christmas Break the Bank?

The holidays are here! Thoughts of baking cookies and singing songs and long walks through the snow twinkle everyone’s thoughts this time of year. One of Christmas’s favorite songs is “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” a light-hearted attempt to give the one you love extraordinary gifts. But what if you wanted to buy each of…

Flexible Seating – Part 2 of 3 – The Process

Guest Blog by Shauni Sawchuck, Henderson, NV   The question most teachers ask these days is, “How can I turn my classroom into a flexible seating arrangement?” The process can be simple or intricate, depending on how and when you want to roll flexible seating out into your classroom. For me, I initially rolled this concept…

FFA Trains Students for the Future

The National FFA Organization is the largest youth-led organization in the nation. Its mission is to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They teach that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting – it’s a science, a business, and an art. FFA was founded by a group of young farmers…

Flexible Seating – Part 1 of 3 – The Idea

It’s no secret that U.S. schools are undergoing radical changes to classroom design. Changes range from the development of more mobile and interactive spaces to the introduction of different types of furniture to the inclusion of new technology. All of these changes have been designed to enhance the educational experience and improve learning outcomes. Seating has…

Whirl-Pak® – Trust the Results

At Whirl-Pak® we are committed to making the world a safer place by providing better products that produce better integrity in the results. We have covered these checkpoints since 1959. Made in the U.S.A., Whirl-Pak® bags were the first sterile sample bags on the market. Whirl-Pak® bags made possible the “universal sample system,” which means that…

Merrily We Rover Along

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission began with the launch of Spirit and Opportunity in 2003. The two robots were tasked with finding signs of past water activity on Mars, and both quickly turned up plenty of evidence near their disparate landing sites. Both rovers far outlived their planned missions of 90 Martian solar days:…

Learn to Sign

A fact from the World Health Organization: 360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss, and 32 million of these are children. General education classrooms are becoming more diverse. Children with a variety of disabilities and from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds are mainstreamed into the general education environment. This makes it difficult for one…

Custom Kits Created By You!

Ever come up with a great project for your classroom, and by the time you shop and order a dozen different items you’ve lost your money and your patience? This is where Nasco and its Custom Kits Department can help. Buying multiples of certain items can be expensive, not to mention time-consuming. You want to…

Coloring for Seniors

Remember the joy you had – perhaps still have – when you opened a fresh box of crayons or colored pencils? The scent, the mere act of checking out all the colors that were available, immediately filled you with anticipation and satisfaction. In reality, these beneficial effects don’t go away once you grow up. The…

Nine Things You Might Not Have Known About Thanksgiving

  As the Big Day of Giving Thanks approaches, Nasco would like to wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! And to brighten your get-togethers, here are nine facts to twinkle your turkey: Thanksgiving was initially meant to be a fast, not a feast. The devout settlers at Plymouth Rock recognized “giving of thanks”…

Do Fidgets Belong In The Classroom?

Sit in any classroom these days and you may hear a soft “whirrrr” in the background. Fidget Spinners. The basic fidget spinner has three prongs centered around a circle with bearings in the middle. Take one prong, give it a spin, and watch as the triangle shape becomes a blur, sort of like a ceiling…

5 Things You Might Not Know About Veterans Day

As November slips into high gear, almost all we can think about is Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday shopping. Both are days to celebrate: The first, for giving thanks, the second, for giving money. But the beginning of November also celebrates Veterans Day on November 11th. Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the…

Celebrate National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day November 8th

November 8th is “National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day,” a “holiday” to encourage kids to explore and pursue their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in fun and engaging ways. Initially created by MGA Entertainment, this day has grown to be a hallmark day to learn about S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and S.T.E.A.M. (adding an…

The Future of Math

What is the future of Math? How has it changed? How will it change in the future? Nasco asked Math’s Category Manager Dixie Weidman several pertinent questions about the evolution of Math and the challenges teachers face.  How has learning Math changed in the last 10-20 years? Learning and teaching math has changed dramatically and…

10 Tips for Holiday Baking

The Holidays are approaching! This is the time of year that those who always bake and those who never bake think about baking. Here are 10 tips to make your baking season the best ever!   Read the Entire Recipe Before You Start Baking. Even if you’re making something basic, it’s a good idea to…

Explore the Possibilities of Makerspace

The next up-and-coming expansion to the educational arena is makerspace. What is makerspace, you may ask? A makerspace is a collaborative workspace inside a school, library, or separate public/private facility for creating, learning, exploring, and sharing. Makerspaces usually provide tools and space for creating products in a school or community environment. Expert advisors may be…