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Arts & Crafts 

100th Day of School Craft for Kids – My Feathered Friend
100th Day of School Craft for Kids – My Feathered Friend

The 100th Day of School is a great time to celebrate and break out the art supplies for some fun and creativity.  The 100th Day of School Feathered Friend is a great example of how little learners can use their imaginations to show their 100th Day pride.  With only a few easy-to-find materials and a
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Common Core Standards 

Math: Teaching Each Foundational Component
Math: Teaching Each Foundational Component

by Diana Remick, Monthly Columnist Whether you are using Common Core or state standards, math is an overwhelming content area with so many basic skills that need to be acquired before “moving on”. Teachers are responsible for teaching the grade level standards, but must go back to foundational skills that students may lack or have
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Early Childhood 

How to Create a Beach Dramatic Play Area
How to Create a Beach Dramatic Play Area

  Let’s go to the shore! By setting up a beach themed dramatic play area, children can enjoy the surf and sand no matter what time of year. Winter or spring, rain or shine, spending “a day at the beach” will get little learners to engage in role-playing and make-believe. These actions are essential to
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Grades 4-6 

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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Grades 7-9 

Creative Writing for Middle School Students
Creative Writing for Middle School Students

Encouraging middle school students to write is by no means an easy task. The trick, according to intermediate grade teachers, is to engage students’ senses and make the writing process an interactive experience. The ideas below all come from Sixth Grade Teachers who know, first-hand, the challenges of such a task. Their insight and wisdom
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Grades K-3 

From Picture Clues to Textual Evidence
From Picture Clues to Textual Evidence

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 text explanation and improve recollection and retention.
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Music 

How to Create a Music Center
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.