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Fool-Proof Tips for Teaching Procedures and Routines

Guest Post by Jessica Murphy and Jennifer Zoglman, Astute Hoot You know that feeling of excitement you feel when you spot a cute new idea on Pinterest? Those all-too-familiar thoughts run through your mind. “It looks so easy, there aren’t that many materials, how hard could it be?” Yet despite your best intentions (and a
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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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15 Letter “A” Alphabet Activities


15 Letter “A” Alphabet Activities

  Learning the letters of the alphabet for preschoolers includes concepts such as letter recognition, letter shapes, and letter sounds. The ‘Alphabet Song’ is typically the way children initially begin to become familiar with the 26 letters of the alphabet. To help your students get started, we will focus on introducing the amazing letter “A”
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Top 10 Back to School Must Haves for Teachers


Top 10 Back to School Must Haves for Teachers

  It’s that time of year again! Back to school is a time of bittersweet excitement with a healthy dose of anticipation thrown in.  If you’re a teacher, you know all too well that back to school also means gathering your supplies, your files, and your must-have tools for a successful year.  This year, we
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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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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.


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!