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How to Create a Music Center

  During early childhood, exploring music can enhance children’s ability to express themselves through voice and body. Music allows for the discovery of sound, movement, and self-expression at any age. Creating an early learning music center gives young children the opportunity to appreciate and value the role that music plays in everyday life.

Literature Studies Made Easy
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Integrate multiple strategies within the context of authentic literature.

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Test Prep: Keeping Students Motivated


Test Prep:  Keeping Students Motivated

  It does not matter how much review you do, if your students are not invested in the testing they are about to do, they will not perform well.  Motivating your students is just as important as that last minute division review or vocabulary discussion.  In fact, nurturing a student’s motivation may be more important
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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.



How to Foster Fluency in Young Readers


How to Foster Fluency in Young Readers

Reading fluency is the ability to read a text quickly, accurately, and with comprehension.  While it may sounds easy enough, developing fluency skills is not always easy.  Students often struggle with it and really good teachers know that it takes more than just a quick lesson to foster.  This clever idea from Deborah, a 2nd
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3 Indoor Recess Energy Blasters


3 Indoor Recess Energy Blasters

  No matter where you live, those days when the words “indoor recess” are spoken over the loudspeaker there’s an instant feeling of dread.  Have no fear!  We have three really good indoor recess activities that will help you stay sane while helping your students burn off some of that extra energy.


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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.

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!