How To Use Bubble Letter Mats In Your Classroom

forming 3 letters with different toys

Teachers often spend hundreds of dollars a year buying resources and supplies for their classroom. You can’t buy everything though and so I am always looking for resources that are cheap and can be used in LOTS of ways. Here is a simple and cheap resource to infuse more hands-on learning in your classroom: bubble letter cards! Scroll to end…

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How Group Work Can Raise Student Achievement

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Working in groups is often to referred to as cooperative learning. Cooperative learning breaks down the classroom into smaller groups, giving each group a task. Students work together to discover a new concept of help one another learn. Research taken from Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality shows there are multiple benefits of using cooperative learning groups in your classroom.…

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Ways to Help Shy Kids Participate in Class

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Participating in class activities and answering questions is a very important part of learning. It also helps the teacher to assess student’s understanding of a concept. But what if a student is so shy they won’t answer questions in class and struggle to participate at all? Should you force them? No. I used these strategies when I was teaching English…

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3 Ways to Start the New Year Right in Your Classroom

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I’m always amazed how many teachers come back from Winter break feeling refreshed and inspired, only to be completely overwhelmed shortly after. Let’s be honest, the slow (usually cold), gloomy months of January and February can be difficult for teachers and students to get through. Behaviors crop up in the classroom that you may not have really seen earlier in…

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Bringing History to Life

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Some people think history is boring but I think it is actually one of the most flexible, engaging subjects to teach! There are soooo many cools things you can do to help bring history to life for kids. Here are a few ideas: ¬† ¬†Mission US This website is by far the best “game-like” history website I’ve come across. It…

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Literacy Centers for Teaching Long Vowels

toddler reading a book

Once your child or student has mastered short letter sounds they can begin learning long vowel sounds. Here are four hands-on activities you can use to help them practice these sounds. You could use these same activities for learning sight words and short vowel sounds too. If you want to see more, check out my Ebook that contains 40 hands-on…

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Around The World Game

Kids in a circle in a classroom

Games are a fun and important method for helping students practice skills and remember facts in the classroom. You can read more about that in my post: Why is Active Learning Important? Here is one game that I’ve used in multiple subject areas. To play Around the World, have each student stand up in a circle. Depending on how your…

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Solving Secret Codes Just Like Spies

girl using decoder wheel

This month we learned all about the secret and exciting world of spies! Students practiced different types of codes, learned to disguise themselves and even solved a mystery. Here are ideas for your own Spy unit or Spy party! Secret Codes The most important aspect of any good Spy unit is codes! There are lots of different types of codes…

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4 Ways to Incorporate STEM in November

Are you looking for some great STEM ideas to use this November? Here are my favorites! You can download a free poster of each of these challenges at the bottom of the page. 1. Create a turkey trap Before beginning this project, I love to read the book How to Catch a Turkey by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton. This…

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Celebrating The Holiday Season In A Culturally Responsive Way

paper lanterns sitting outside on the ground

If you don’t know what culturally responsive teaching is check out my post here before reading this one. November and December is a time of year marked with numerous important holidays around the world. How can teach about these holidays and celebrate along with students while still being culturally responsive? Here’s some suggestions: Incorporate different holidays equally in your classroom…

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