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Last Minute Science Activities for the End of the Year

Last Minute Science Activities for the End of the Year

Science fills kids with wonder and excitement about the world around them.  What is a rainbow? How does a caterpillar change into a butterfly?  The end of the school year is the perfect time to break out those last minute science experiments and activities that will leave your students thirsting for more exploration over the
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How to Make A Flat Stanley Summer Project

How to Make A Flat Stanley Summer Project

Imagine a child mailing himself to relatives to get away for the summer.  Oh the adventures he would have and mischief he might cause!  If you have ever read the 1964 children’s book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, you know that in the story a little boy does just that.   For years, children and
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20 Free Resources for Teachers

20 Free Resources for Teachers

  When I was teaching in the classroom, funds were limited. Not only was my classroom budget about $50 for the year, but using personal funds wasn’t really a great option while planning for a wedding. So, scoping out free teaching resources became my mission. Nothing was more fun than using a resource that benefited
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Create a Literary Wax Museum for the End of the School Year

Create a Literary Wax Museum for the End of the School Year

  Looking for a fun end of the year celebration idea that really focuses on what students have learned?  This idea from Charlene, a 4th Grade Teacher, from Washington, PA, showcases students’ understanding of literature.  Start working on it now and invite parents and other classes to tour your “Literary Wax Museum” before the last
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Internet Scavenger Hunt How-To

Internet Scavenger Hunt How-To

Create an Internet scavenger hunt for your students by focusing on some of the key facts from the lessons you are studying.  Instead of running to the encyclopedias of old, use the Internet to create a modern day scavenger hunt.  Use the easy steps below to help guide you.


Creating Reflective Learners

Creating Reflective Learners

by Jessica, Astute Hoot Students are more successful when they monitor and reflect upon their thinking and learning. Cultivate a classroom of self-reflective learners using these strategies:


End of the Year Activity: Honoring a Year Well Spent

End of the Year Activity: Honoring a Year Well Spent

The end of the school year can be bittersweet.  While you (and your students!) are excited that summer vacation is just around the corner, it can be sad to see a good class move on to their next journey.  Shernice, a 3rd/4th Grade Teacher from Los Angeles, California understands the importance of celebrating the year. 
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Cement Learning with Summer Work Packets

Cement Learning with Summer Work Packets

There’s a fine line between engaging students and turning them off to learning.  When it comes to summer work packets, that’s especially the case.  While wanting to help parents and students extend learning throughout the summer months is natural, the presentation of such exercises can make or break their enthusiasm.  Thankfully, Really Good Teacher Karen
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A Poetic Send-Off: End of Year Gift for Students

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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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.