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A Poetic Send-Off: End of Year Gift for Students

Finding end of the year gifts for your students that they’ll both appreciate and that fit your budget isn’t always an easy task.  Sometimes, however, it’s the simple gestures and personal touches that make for the best gifts.  Mary Lou, a Second Grade teacher in Washington, spends time at the end of each school year
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Literature Studies Made Easy
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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.



Making Words Fun! Lesson Ideas for Elementary Students


Making Words Fun!  Lesson Ideas for Elementary Students

For some students, learning about and understanding words is a real challenge.  As teachers, it is up to us to help them and make learning fun.  The three ideas below were sent in by really good teachers who know that when word lessons are exciting, students retain more and are more successful.


 

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.



50 ABC Books for Young Learners


50 ABC Books for Young Learners

Books that focus on the alphabet not only help to reinforce a child’s understanding of the ABCs, but they also help to foster a love for books and reading.  With so many alphabet books out there, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.  The 50 books below are perfect additions to any young
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Ooey Gooey Bouncing Ball Science Experiment


Ooey Gooey Bouncing Ball Science Experiment

Ah, Spring!  It is getting to be the time of year when students would much rather be running around outside than sitting in a classroom.  While spending the day outdoors may not be an option, a fun chemistry science experiment can get them out of their seats and actively engaged.  Students love STEM activities and
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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!