Read. Write. Science!

from the desk of Jodi Wheeler-Toppen

Three Great Things to Know:

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Do you have a Makerspace or use science centers? Download the FREE printable STEM center to accompany Amazing Cardboard Tube Science (my portion of the Recycled Science book). It includes projects, physical science concepts, engineering challenges, math challenges, and links to video clips to inspire student builders. It also works as a quick bulletin board for time-pressed teachers.

If you use it, shoot me a note to let me know about your students' creations!

Where to Find Me this Winter

January 11: Blue Springs School District, MO; Staff Development (Lab Class)

January 26: Jefferson City Schools, TN; Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning Workshop

January 27: Porter Elementary School, TN; Author Visit

February 1-3: Stone Mountain, GA; Georgia Science Teachers Association (GSTA) Conference

February 8: Blue Springs School District, MO; Staff Development (Lab Class)

February 16: World Read-Aloud Day! (I’ll be Skyping with schools from all over)

Let me know if you’d like me to add staff development or an author visit for your school or district!

Reading and Writing in Science

If your school is looking for staff development to implement the Once Upon books or simply to improve reading and writing in the content areas (without using the books), please get in touch! I help teachers use literacy to support their science (or social studies) instruction, and vice versa. I also address scientific argumentation (making claims and supporting them with evidence). I especially love working with groups of teachers over time as they move from traditional instructional methods to engaging, inquiry based work.

Author Visits

I offer engaging science-filled assemblies and writing workshops. Let the "Wow!" of science turn into understanding and curiosity! See my website for more information or contact me with questions.

"You were so engaging, the kids were so attentive and enthralled with everything you had to say. Thank you so much for speaking with us!"

--4th grade teacher, Dallas, TX

"Loved her "Because" award for writing and the incorporation of writing!"
--4th/5th grade teacher, Birmingham, AL