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Literacy Centers for Teaching Long Vowels

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

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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3 Activities to Practice Kindness In the Classroom

Kindness is a very important concept to teach and practice with your students. Before looking at three great activities to practice kindness, you should discuss what kindness looks and sounds like and why it is actually important. You can use the demonstrations below to help students of any age to visualize kindness in a concrete way. Teach About Why Kindness…

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Solving Secret Codes Just Like Spies

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 November Stem Activities

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

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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Tracking Behavior Goals With Students To Improve Behavior

It’s November, and most schools started back to school a couple of months ago. About this time teachers everywhere are beginning to feel overwhelmed by student behavior (or should I say misbehavior). The excitement and newness of the beginning of the school year has worn off and students are all showing their full colors! If you are struggling with a…

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That “Wiggly” Student May Be Learning More Than You Think

Every teacher knows who I’m talking about! That kid who never.. stops.. moving. The one who is always tapping his pencil, turning around in his chair or building a tower with his crayons. What if I told you that wiggly student might just be learning the best way he can? There are three types of learners out there: Visual Learners:…

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Learn All About The Rainforest

The rainforest is a great thematic unit topic! You can even do it year after year and still not run out of things to learn about and do. Depending on your child’s age you can focus more on learning fun facts about animals in the rainforest or you can dive into biodiversity and conservation. Here are some ideas to get…

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What is Culturally Responsive Teaching?

Classrooms around the world are becoming more and more diverse. The way in which we connect and present information to students from different backgrounds, cultures and races can effect the way they learn. Nikki Rucker says: “Culturally responsive teaching (CRT) attempts to bridge the gap between teacher and student by helping the teacher understand the cultural nuances that may cause…

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