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Transition Time Ideas

Ah, transition times.  When you have a firm grasp on managing them, they are no problem at all. Your students know the routine, you’re confident in your ability to guide them, and everything flows smoothly.  However, when getting a handle on them is proving to be more challenging than not, transition times can be some
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Literature Studies Made Easy
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Integrate multiple strategies within the context of authentic literature.

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7 Must-Haves for Preschool Outdoor Play


7 Must-Haves for Preschool Outdoor Play

Outdoor play is essential for kids of all ages, especially preschoolers. Being able to run, jump and explore nature helps toddlers to grow and develop both physically and mentally. Outdoor play contributes to learning communication skills and social customs, as well as strengthening muscle tone and body coordination. To encourage all kinds of play, from
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The Welcoming Classroom: Making Connections


The Welcoming Classroom: Making Connections

  The Welcoming Classroom: Making Connections with Second Language Learners and Their Families Guest post by Lori Wolfe, Fun to Teach August is here and it is time to prepare for the new school year. If you have second language learners in your classroom there are many things you can do, before school starts, to
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What’s The Purpose? 15 Activities to Reinforce the Author’s Purpose


What’s The Purpose?  15 Activities to Reinforce the Author’s Purpose

Identifying an author’s purpose for writing can be a tricky skill for some students.  Help them out by providing opportunities to write in different ways.  The ideas below offer some quick and easy ways to reinforce the difference between writing to inform, entertain, and persuade.  They’re perfect to use in your classroom writing center or
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The Power of a Book: BookMentors.org


The Power of a Book: BookMentors.org

I had bins and shelves crammed full of books for my third graders.  Books with colorful, creative, eye-catching covers strategically displayed to pique my students’ curiosity.  There were daring characters and funny stories, poetry, and tales of the Wild West.  My library was complete…until Paul* couldn’t find a book he wanted to read.



From Picture Clues to Textual Evidence


From Picture Clues to Textual Evidence

Guest post by Jessica from Astute Hoot. Using picture clues or detecting, is a key strategy for beginning readers. Pictorial clues can serve as a bridge to decoding strategies such as sounding out and blending and also compensate for weak decoding skills in struggling readers. Pictures can also increase comprehension by providing elaboration for a
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Transition Time Ideas


Transition Time Ideas

Ah, transition times.  When you have a firm grasp on managing them, they are no problem at all. Your students know the routine, you’re confident in your ability to guide them, and everything flows smoothly.  However, when getting a handle on them is proving to be more challenging than not, transition times can be some
continue reading


The Power of a Book: BookMentors.org
The Power of a Book: BookMentors.org

I had bins and shelves crammed full of books for my third graders.  Books with colorful, creative, eye-catching covers strategically displayed to pique my students’ curiosity.  There were daring characters and funny stories, poetry, and tales of the Wild West.  My library was complete…until Paul* couldn’t find a book he wanted to read.

Science Fair Project Ideas and Resources
Science Fair Project Ideas and Resources

  Science Fair season is quickly approaching and helping your students prepare for it can be a huge undertaking.  Since so much of the project is done outside of the classroom, it is important to give students and parents resources that will help them succeed.  We have compiled a list of some great science fair
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Social Media in the Classroom
Social Media in the Classroom

Do you use social media in the classroom?  The Really Good Teachers at #TeachChat on February 3, 2015 shared some of their best tips and tricks for using it to enhance lessons and increase learning.  Read the transcript below and then join us on March 11th for the next chat!