For pointers on using hands-on teaching with your students, check out RAFT Tip Sheets filled with practical advice to make it easy and fun. Feel free to share your own hands-on teaching tips with us!

Accessing the ELA & CCSSM Connections in the NGSS

NGSS provide opportunities for students to learn reading, writing, and math skills in the course of learning science concepts.

Assessing Learning during Hands-On Activities

This sheet highlights practical ideas for assessing student learning during hands-on activities.


“Brain-writing” similar to brainstorming, but it happens quietly and is a fast and effective way to stimulate creative thinking.

Bullying No More

Understand the types and causes of bullying and learn steps to effectively address bullying when it happens.

Classroom Management During a Hands-On Activity

Effective classroom management balances student excitement with engagement.

Coaching and Mentoring

Coaches and mentors play a vital role in developing people in many different areas including business, education, and social science.

Combine RAFT Kits To Create New Challenges

Combine RAFT Activity Kits and Idea Sheets to create remarkable opportunities for learning.

Connecting Math and Art

Mathematics and art provide opportunities to express creative ideas.

Connecting Math and Music

Math can be used to describe the unity and structure of music. Connecting music to math makes math more interesting, relevant, and accessible to students.

Connecting Math and Social Studies

Presenting math through a social studies approach encourages students to ask questions and to think creatively.

Common Core Assessment - Hands-on Style!

Organizations are well on their way to developing new tools to work with the new standards.

Connect Learning to the Real World

Connecting lessons to the real world drives student interest, engagement and retention.

Creating a Design Challenge

A design challenge is an open-ended project that encourages students to ask questions, take initiative, and think creatively.

Cross-Disciplinary Activities Connected to Standards

The new standards encourage teachers to break out of their “subject silos” and teach multiple subjects at the same time.

Easy and Fun Math Night Projects

Math nights and math festivals are fun multi-teacher/ all-school activities that showcase math projects or activities.

Educators Envision Innovative Classrooms

During the RAFT Innovation Institute, we used a technique called “brain-writing” to gather 100 unique ideas in just ten minutes! What vision do you and your students have?

Encouraging Family Engagement

Here are some easy ways to help families be part of student learning.

Hands-on Learning for English Language Arts

Link RAFT hands-on activities to the new English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core standards!

Link Hands-On and Virtual Learning

From math to science and art, here are over 30 computer apps that connect RAFT hands-on activities to virtual experiences.

Make Time for Science

Even teachers with no time to spare can integrate science experiences into their literacy and mathematics lesson plans.

Making the Most of Hands-on Math Activities

These activities touch on every K-8 math standard and address many topics at the high school level.

New Engineering Standard

By combining what you already know with our simple activities, you will be able to do an outstanding job teaching Engineering Standards.

Overcoming Barriers for English Language Learners

Discover ways to overcome the barriers of hands-on learning for English language learners (ELL)

Stress-Free, High-Impact Science Fairs

Science fairs provide powerful opportunities for student learning and self-discovery.

Take Depth of Knowledge (DOK) to New Levels

New standards encourage students to use the higher-level thinking skills defined on Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) chart.

Teaching the Engineering Practices

To make things a little easier, we've created an overview of the "engineering practices" included in the NGSS

Use Accurate Math Vocabulary

Here are some helpful tips to encourage students to "speak mathematically" to ensure clear communication and comprehension.

Using TED Talks with Kids

When using TED Talks with your students you will be amazed at how much your students can learn in just a few minutes!

Working with English Language Learners (ELLs)

These strategies help teachers facilitate an equitable learning experience for their students, especially English language learners.

Teaching Innovation

Unofficial “Practices” are inspired by the practices from the national standards. They are designed to help educators focus on critical skills students need to master to become future innovators.

Teaching Mathematics Practices

Check out this quick list of mathematical practices for the Common Core Standards.

Teaching the Science Practices

The Next Generation Science Standards contain a wealth of interesting topics to explore with your students.

Using Graphic Organizers

Create visual and graphic displays that depict the relationships between facts, terms, and/or ideas.